Namibia, July / August 2014 - Kolmanskop, Ludertiz, Diaz Point and Aus.

We drove south from Windhoek, stopped overnight at Helmeringhausen and then had a couple of nights at Aus during which time we visited Luderitz and Kolmanskop.

Driving south on gravel roads. Di, David and Kevin with our Hilux and 'van and their hired camper van.

1. Kolmanskop

We've visited this old diamond mining town on a couple of occasions but were happy to have another look around while Di and David joined the morning tour. It was difficult to get any decent outdoor photos as there was quite a strong wind blowing the sand around.

The houses are gradually filling up with sand.

The hall is kept in good condition - it's the starting point for the guided tours.

Sand piling up inside one of the buildings.

2. Luderitz

After the morning at Kolmanskop we had an excellent lunch at Ritzi's Restaurant which overlooks the waterfront. After lunch, as the wind had died down, we decided to drive out to Diaz Point.


The Waterfront at Luderitz.

3. Diaz Point.

The lighthouse at DIaz Point.

Flamingoes at a lagoon near the lighthouse.

Black oyster-catchers foraging on the shoreline.

There's a raised walkway (with a few rather wobbly planks) to get to Diaz Point where there's a monument commemorating the landing by Bartholomew Diaz who landed here in 1488.


Kevin and David reading the inscription on the monument.

Looking south from Diaz Point

Seals sunning themselves on an offshore island.

One of several turnstones in rock-pools under the walkway.

4. Aus

We visited the waterhole for the Garub wild horses but, sadly, only saw them in the far distance. On our second visit, on the way back to Aus from Luderitz, we did see a single oryx come down to drink!

1.Luderitz . We stopped at Aus for a couple of nights and visited Kolmanskop, Ludertiz, Diaz Point and the Garub Wild Horses.

2. Namib-Naukluft South. We had a night at Little Hunters Camp in the Tirasberg, did a wild cat walk at Hamerstein Lodge, explored Sesriem Canyon and went to see the sunrise at Sossusvlei.

3. Namib-Naukluft North. We stopped at Rostock Ritz, stayed 2 nights in the Namib-Naukluft Park Northern Section and did a Living Desert Tour.

4. Skeleton Coast. We visited the Cape Cross Seal Colony and drove up The Skeleton Coast.

5. Twefelfontein. We spent a morning at Twefelfontein Rock Art Site and then visited the Organ Pipes.

6. Etosha National Park. We stayed at Okaukuejo Camp for 2 nights then had a night at Halali Camp.

At the Klein Aus Vista campsite we were visited by horses(not the wild ones) each morning. This horse posed at the top of the ridge for us.

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