Posted by: Larzizou | January 13, 2008

Sossuvlei, Namibia

Last step in Namibia : the sand dunes ! We wake up early, very early to catch the sunrise from the top of Dune 45 (most of the dunes are numbered) at 6 am. When we arrive at6h20 (having driven 45min), it is too late.

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People have preceded us and are already at the summit.

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Dune 45 is very popular because directly accessible from the road without having to walk through other dunes first and also because it is the highest dune around, culminating at 1 000 feet. When we get there, climbing it looks like a piece of cake. So we proceed and climb under the heat…

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… and it is much longer and harder than expected. Every step made in the sand requires probably twice as much energy as on the firm soil.

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We are so happy to have finally arrived on top that we take the dumbest pictures possible (but the Itches sisters easily win).

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Don’t they ?

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The usual Playboy Photoshoot December 2007.

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Playing hide and seek.

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Fooled… and left alone. I am like this little child who counts to finally realize everybody has gone. I told you the Itches sisters are big (cruel) children.

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Going down.

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Alone.

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We have been lured into a false sense of achievement. Dune 45 is not at all one of the tallest dunes. It is merely 330 feet high. This is what our new guide tells us when we go for another walk in the dunes. Although she is very knowledgeable, the heat and thirst and fact that I haven’t been able to shower in the morning make me lose interest quickly and wish for a rapid end (which doesn’t come). But it’s pretty, I’ll give her that.

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One last steep dune to descend, and back to the jeep.

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Under Hungritch’s advice, I swim in the sand. They do that a lot in Australia. Really fun.

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