Trip Report – Part 1
It was a cold Highveld winter morning as we left Pretoria at 03:00 for our drive through to Keetmanshoop. After a stop in Upington for lunch and to refuel, we crossed the border and reached our destination only 12 hours after leaving home. (An easy drive with no need to exceed the speed limit).
We had time to settle in and to visit the Quiver Forest for the first time. The wonderful shapes against the setting sun were marvelous and drew us back again after dinner especially as it was a particularly dark night with plenty of bright stars and almost no moon.
In the morning we set out for Sossusvlei, where we checked into the spectacular Dune Lodge, situated inside the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Being inside the Park meant that we could enter the Dead Vlei hours ahead of normal visitors – and depart an hour or two after the visitors had left. This gave us a dual advantage. We could be in the park for those spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and we could set up our cameras in the most ideal places to capture the best possible images. We arrived early and left as late as possible to take advantage of the glorious conditions.