Sossusvlei, Namibia

Local Bushman of the Namib desertWe had an indigenous bushman walk us through the Namib-Naukluft Park from a place called Sossusvlei to Deadvlei.  He was one of the most fascinating characters we've met on this trip.  He showed us edible plants for desert survival, animal tracking and many descriptions of local life in the desert.  Our guide has never worn shoes, has mad dance skills and we could listen to his native language of click sounds all day long.Never worn shoesAs we walked through the scorching Namibian sun, we were thoroughly entertained by our guide.  He demonstrated how he would have eaten a lizard… if he really needed to, which he didn't.  He showed us how to find big hairy spiders under their trap doors in the sand with a small mirror and a stick.  He pointed out about 30 different animal tracks.  He gave us "Ostrich Salad" to try which was like eating salty tasting snap peas with the crispness of a bell pepper.  This plant also only germinates when it rains.  If just a single drop of water lands on the pod, it pops open revealing the seed.  He showed us this with his water bottle.  "Ostrich Salad" seed podsWe also learned how to walk on the sand dunes.  On the knife edges there is always a hard and soft side depending on the wind.  He can translate human tracks into the age and condition of whoever left them… or can even tell if another man has been near is wife.  Guys, you may want to stay clear of his bride for your own safety.   All of the many demonstrations from our guide was accompanied with a dance of swiveling hips and flapping knees.  He seemed to be running on a constant internal rhythm between his motions and his unique way of speaking.  It was a pleasure spending a day with someone so filled with life. Namibian Sand DunesThe scenery along the way was remarkable.  The highlight was a dry lake surrounded by the sand dunes.  The dead trees have been firmly planted there for thousands of years.  Due to their long moisture seeking roots, the trees will never be blown over and the arid climate has preserved the wood.  This site is likely to be here for thousands of years to come.Ancient Tree. Deadvlei, Namibia

Dry Lakebed. Sossusvlei, Namibia

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6 Responses to Sossusvlei, Namibia

  1. ImageOrigins says:

    Excellent photos guys. Loving our virtual travels along with you!
    Adam and Joanne

  2. Chris says:

    What a fascinating trek. I love this stuff. I’ve been following the posts. I think I’m just getting more and more envious of your travels. Keep the good stuff coming. It’s my mid day escape from work.

  3. Jason says:

    These are incredible images. A trip sometimes can be determined by the quality of the guide. Sounds like you guys had the best.

  4. Kate says:

    i may have missed out on the walk, but definately heard a lot about it. I think you guys have really given everyone an idea on what this guy was like and the area. Awesome pics! or should I say you a perfect Kodak Momento lol

  5. Klaas-Jan says:

    Great story! In september 2009 we had the same guide. Great guy indeed. Impressive trip with great views and interesting stories about how to survive the desert als a plant, an animal or a human. And how the desert expands during the years.

  6. Thanks for your reply. Our guide was amazing and we loved his little dance moves! Thanks for visiting our website.