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Namibia's Skeleton Coast National Park

21 January 2024

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After breakfast at the hotel we are on our way to the Skeleton Coast. We stop at a shipwreck before the national park. Randy says this one was being pulled somewhere else when it got stuck. It now seems to be a great resting place for tons of birds.
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We stop by a grocery to get a sandwich because in the Skeleton Coast there won’t be any places to stop. After that we hit the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. There is a walkway along the habitat of thousands of cape fur seals. Under our steps seems to be a popular place for the babies to hang out in the shade.
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Right at the beginning we see an adorable one just getting a snack from its mom. Love it! It even has a little pink tongue sticking out.
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There are just seals everywhere you look – and it is a pretty stinky and loud place as well. But still as an animal lover it is one of my favorite things we have done.
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After another drive we get to the gates of the Skeleton Coast National Park. The Skeleton Coast is about 500 km long and about 40 meters wide.
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It is a pretty desolate place and we see how it got its name at the Ship wrest southwest seal stop. Walking down to the water there is a tiny baby seal carcass, what looks like a whale skull and parts of a ship.
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We drive on to Huab Lagoon but the most interesting thing there is a sign that says you can get out of your car but beware of the lions. They aren’t joking – there are actually desert lions that live here near this watering hole.
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Next is an old oil rig. It was there before the National Park was established but they didn’t find any oil so they gave the site over to the park.
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We see the Welwitschia mirabilis, a plant endemic to the desert that can live for up to 2,000 years.
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Without seeing much else our car departs the park and enters Damaraland. This is one of the tribes of Namibia. Our first stop here is the Zieben platen National Heritage Site. Here we see very nice engravings on a huge rock after just a short walk.
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Right down the road from that is the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. This place is like a mirage. The lodge is built beautifully in to the rock formations and is an absolute oasis in the desert. We have a drink here and look at some more engravings. These are part of Namibia’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Nearby is the Damara Living Museum where we get a tour of how the Damara people used to live. The medications and remedies they get from the plants and a terrifying number of different dung is explained. Some tools are explained and the women making necklaces and ornaments is reviewed. The men show us how they make beer and fire.
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And last but not least we go through the shop. I was in love with my elephant key change carved from caommiphora wood with ostrich egg, jacaranda seeds and a lucky bead.
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Malansrus Tented Camp is where we spend the night and is my first luxury tent experience. The tent was fantastic and the outside air kept us quite cool during the night. They had snacks and a delicious iced coffee for us when we arrived.
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Before dinner they built a little fire and we had some sundowners (wine). Dinner was another wonderful surprise with homemade bread, tuna salad and beef stead with lovely potatoes and veges. Dessert was a mulva pudding.
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Posted by ErinDriver 19:07 Archived in Namibia

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