Windhoek to Sesriem and Dune 45

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After breakfast at Terra Africa, we loaded up the Land Rover and headed southeast towards Namib-Naukluft National Park via Spreetshoogte Pass.


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Bratwursts were on the lunch menu at Café Van Der Lee in Solitaire, followed by Moose McGregor’s apple pie—which was also good enough for the boys on Long Way Down.  I’ll add the photo of that pie at a later date as my sister Naveena is holding it hostage on her memory card.

However I do have this artsy snap from Naveena in Solitaire:

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We followed the sign to C19 pictured above to check into Sossus Dune Lodge.  This place set a personal record for most expensive accommodations, but I was totally happy with the decision.  It consists of 25 chalets that are within the national park, and looking out towards the dunes.

Since it’s inside the park you (along with folks at the Sesriem Campsite) get access to a side road that lets you stay longer and leave earlier.  This allowed us to be the last to leave Dune 45 at sunset, and the very first to arrive for sunrise at Sossusvlei.  Excellent.

Rooms were also in excellent condition and well-furnished.  The open shower was killer:


After a short rest in our respective rooms, we headed out to Dune 45 for sunset.  There was only one tour bus there, so not too bad.  Here’s my mom blazing the trail for the rest of us:


The family from (sorta) the top:


Back at the lodge we had dinner, then hit the hay as we had a planned 4:30am departure the next morning to be at Sossusvlei for sunrise…

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