The drive from Windhoek to Desert Homestead (Namib Desert)

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We left Windhoek to travel southwest towards the Namib Naukluft Park on the west coast of Namibia. We drove for hours without seeing another vehicle on the road and it was here that we first encountered the vast and strange landscape of this country. You could scan the horizon all around and still feel like you were the only people on Earth.


Lawrence surveys the emptiness; this was to become a feature of this road trip.

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A tree’s natural protection system.

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Strange dead-looking succulent plants.                                                      A communal nest of sociable weaver birds.

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Classical shape of African trees of the savanna.

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Weaver bird’s nests.

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Desert Homestead in the Namib desert.

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Springboks at dusk.

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Sundown over the Namib desert.

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Oryx (Namibia’s national animal) at dusk.

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Sunset over the Namib desert.

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A springing Springbok seen at dawn the next day at Desert Homestead.

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