As we continued our way towards Sossusvlei, at some point we had to change onto thick-wheeled jeeps, because the streets slowly turned into deep sand. A man with a big hat and even bigger headphones picked us up and took us on the shaky cruise through the sand masses. When even the jeep couldn’t go any further, we got out and walked the last couple of meters by foot.
After passing a large mountain, we finally arrived in Sossusvlei- the “dead end”. Sossusvlei is a bright white salt and clay pan in the middle of Namib desert with 400 year old dead trees breaking out of the ground. The most impressive part for me was the extreme contrast between the dark red sand and the white clay pan.
After a long exhausting day of great impressions and experiences I was able to ease out of the day at Namib Dune Star Camp and it was truly an experience of a lifetime. The camp is situated in the middle of the red desert dunes. There, they built up a couple of beautiful cabins with spacious decks facing the spectacular landscape around them. At night we could push our (wheeled) beds outside on these decks and sleep under African skies. Never have I ever seen a starlit sky that intensely beautiful.
Therefore, after an exhausting day of climbing dunes, riding jeeps and walking through the desert, all I wanted to do was keep my eyes open the entire night to watch the milky way and all the star signs pass by.
And that’s exactly what I did.