We stopped for one night in Namibia at a Cheetah Park where we had the chance to see Cheetah's up close and personal. Cheetahs are not an endangered species but some people have taken to protecting them from the farmers that kill them because the cheetah's kill their livestock. We had the opportunity to pet one that has been in captivity since birth as well as watch as the Cheetah's on the farm were group fed.
Namibia Coast--Seal Colony
We drove over to the Namibia's Atlantic coast and visited the seal colony that lives there. All I can say it that they smelled worse than anything I had smelled in a long time and I only managed to stay long enough to take a couple of pictures before running back to the comfort of the truck.
Next stop was the city of Swakopmund where we stayed for 3 nights and reengergized ourselves for the last week on the road. We had the chance to do laundry and take long hot showers in clean bathrooms! What luxury!
Swakupmund is an interesting city. It is heavily influenced by the Germans and I think I was thanked in German more often than I was in English. It is a quaint city that caters to the adventure tourist as well as some high end safari tours. The city is surrounded by some of the largest Dunes in the world. I had been looking forward to doing some of the adventure activities including Quad Biking (also known as 4 wheelin' at home) and Sand Boarding on the huge sand dunes. The dunes are incredible. I have never seen anything like it except in pictures. They seemed to go on and on forever.
Quad biking was pretty incredible. I have done 4 wheeling at home and it is the same concept but when you are on these massive dunes the bike go really fast because the sand is smooth and you can climb the dunes until you loose speed and then turn and head back into the bottom of the dune. It felt like a roller coaster ride.
The one thing that I have wanted to do since I first heard about it is Sand Boarding and it was everything I thought it would be and more. I tried it two different ways. First we climbed up this massive dune (no easy feat for someone who hasn't done much exercise in the past few weeks) and then strapped on a board (same as a snow board) and then slid down the dune. It was easier than I thought it would be and quite an adrenaline rush.
Sand Boarding part 2
We also had the chance to sand board lying down on a board. That was the biggest adrenaline rush I think I have ever had. When standing on the board I could control my speed and be comfortable going down the dune, but lying down it was just speed all the way. They say that people can get up to 80 kph although I dragged my feet and think I only reached 78 kph!
From Swakupmund we headed to an area called Souslevei where the sand dunes are the largest in the world and they continue to grow with as the climate of the area changes and the sand continually gets carried to the area by the winds.
Fish River Canyon--Namibia
Next stop was Fish River Canyon. This is the second largest canyon in the world behind the Grand Canyon. It is pretty spectacular. Reported by those that have not seen the Grand Canyon to be more beautiful, but I beg to differ.
Fish River Canyon cont.
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