Looking ahead, behind

The road along the Namibian coast, where the desert runs into the sea, is dotted with crosses, marking the places where someone has died. You wouldn’t think there would be … Continue reading Looking ahead, behind

Walvis Bay

Twenty miles south of Swakopmund, along the coastal road, lies Walvis Bay, of minor historical significance (it remained a British enclave during the German colonial period, and was incorporated into … Continue reading Walvis Bay

‘Welcome Visitors’

From the Fish River Canyon, Luderitz and Sossusvlei, our 2006 journey in the Land Rover through southern and central Namibia took us to the disconcertingly turn-of-the-century ‘little Bavaria’ of Swakopmund, … Continue reading ‘Welcome Visitors’

Kolmanskop

In the Sperrgebiet, or ‘forbidden area’ outside of Luderitz lies the abandoned mining town of  Kolmanskop. You need a permit to visit, as Rob and I did on our 2006 Namibia … Continue reading Kolmanskop

The Road from Sossusvlei: Five Landscapes

Not only Sossusvlei itself but the whole area surrounding is extraordinary: the landscape unfolds in every direction, with every shade and tint of light and colour, every curve and contour you … Continue reading The Road from Sossusvlei: Five Landscapes

Dead Vlei, Namibia

From the red dunes of Sossussvlei you slog your way up the sandy slope to Dead Vlei, the dried out bed of a swamp, or lake, with its dead trees … Continue reading Dead Vlei, Namibia

Luderitz

Luderitz, on the southern coast of Namibia, is a time capsule of German Art Nouveau architecture, a sleepy fishing port at the end of a windswept road across a lunar … Continue reading Luderitz

Desert elephants of Namibia

Without question, the most emotionally intense moment of our visit to Namibia in April was the morning we spent, in an open vehicle, with the desert elephants near Twyfelfontein. I have … Continue reading Desert elephants of Namibia