I was recently in Windhoek, Namibia to attend an Africa Partner Network meeting of the Television for the Environment of which I am a partner. At the end of our meeting, we took a trip out into the Namib Desert passing through the a number of towns including Usakos on our way to the town of Swakopmund on the Atlantic Ocean coast. We then drove down into the Namib Desert and spent a night at the Gobabeb Desert Research Centre. The following day we passed through Walvis Bay and back into Windhoek. A pictorial journey below.
View from the tour bus window that to us to the Namib Desert
At a curio market on our way west. Don’t look too much at the elephant and it’s missing tusk.
A precious stones seller
A settlement on the road side. Namibia has a very small population and these settlements and few and far between
With the other partners at a stopover
The drive down to Swakopmund town
The cosy town of Swakopmund
An artist in Swakopmund doing a quick portrait
On the coast in Swakopmund with the Atlantic Ocean behind me
Swakopmund Town. It was very quiet but apparently fills up over the Christmas holidays
Approaching Walvis Bay
Lodges along the road in Walvis Bay
There were a number of adventure sport facilities in Walvis Bay. I saw a good number of people on quad bikes going up the dunes
Fishing trawlers in the Atlantic Ocean. Ironically Namibians prefer their meat to fish.
The road leading to the research centre. There was literally nothing for miles.
In the Namib Desert
Main entrance to the Gabobeb Desert Research Centre
Our first task for the day was to climb a dune
Views from atop the dunes
On top of a sand dune in the Namib Desert
A spectacular sunset over the dunes
Our accomodation for the night
Entertainment area at the centre where we had a few drinks and danced to a few songs.
The next morning was cold and foggy
Morning walk in the desert
A greenhouse at the research centre. They need it, they are miles away from the grocers.
Lunch in Walvis Bay
On our way back to Windhoek we had lunch in Walvis Bay town