The Namib Desert, Angola Pt. 1
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We plan to head deep into the Namib desert, into the very South Western Corner of Angola, close to the border of Namibia. The maps and GPS show extremely few roads, and not a single store or gas station for a very, very long way. Because of that I decide to up my maximum gas capacity, and strap a 5 gallon container to the spare wheel, bringing my total capacity combined with the stock tank and the Titan tank to a touch over 40 gallons. (150 Liters). On good roads I should manage almost 800 miles (1280km), though I am excepting sand, sand and more sand, so my range will be much lower than that.
For days we drive through the most spectacular desert scenery of my life – wide open sandy sections, rocky canyons, small rocky hills – absolutely everything. In the late afternoon we simply pull off the road a hundred yards and make camp. We never see another vehicle for the entire time we are out, so we’re not worried about someone stumbling across our camp.
For no particular reason we make it a destination to get to a hot spring we have heard about, though it turns out to be a disgusting muddy pit full of cow poop, so I skip the soak. It is nice and hot though!
For another destination we find what is possibly the world’s biggest welwitschia plant. These plants can be over 2000 years old (this one is maybe the oldest in the world) and are fascinating. Usually they are barely off the ground, though for whatever reason this one has done really well.
The stars at night are staggering, and the silence in the desert is absolute. I make a point to walk up any nearby hills at sunset and sunrise, when mercifully the scorching heat of the day fades away.
It would be easy to spend a month out here!
I’ve been following your journey through Africa with interest(and a bit of jealousy…lol) I stay in Pretoria in South Africa. I see you are getting close. If you need a place to crash for a night or two when you are here let me know.
Thanks very much, that’s an amazing offer, I might just hit you up!
Did you see any wildlife in the Namibia?
In the desert I have seen nothing so far. It’s extremely barren!
I am in the Namib Desert, in the country of Angola. I’m not in Namibia yet.
hello … the pic you posted “New vs. old”
The old is a 66 bronco roadster …. kinda rare ! by chance do you have any add pix of it you can share ?
how fare from it are you now ?
I didn’t get any more pics, no. I’m now a very long way from there!
The rusted out vehicle you were next to was a 66-77 ford bronco. I wonder how long it’s been there.
I bet it’s been there a while!