Southern Damaraland

As we drove away from the Skeleton Coast the landscape and vegetation begins to change and we were soon amongst mountains and grasslands.

Southern Damareland is divided up into Conservancies.

The local Dama people own the area of land where they build their houses and bomas (where the animals are kept at night) but the rest of the land is shared grazing for the community.

The Consevancies are responsible for tourism within their area and they provide several campsites.

Twelfelfontein is famous for its rock engravings and paintings. There's a large reception hall with information panels and then you are taken to some of the painting sites by a local guide.

 

Our guide, Marco, showing us the new water pump at Twefelfontein (which means 'doubtful spring').

The dancing kudu. This is a rock engraving which was then polished smooth by the ancient artist.

The lion has an animal in its jaws. Its tail is a 'hand'.

Elephant.

Although most of the painting at Twelfelfontein are engravings there are some paintings as well.

Some of the rocks have been weathered into shapes - this is called lion rock.

On our way to Brandburg we noticed this donkey cart parked up under a tree with a couple of boys repairing a tyre so we stopped to see if we could help.

The tyre had at least a dozen repairs already, several of them simply tied up with some rubber! Kev got out his puncture repair kit and they tried to repair some of the worst holes but to no avail so we left them with a few more patches and some tyre cement.

 

 

The Brandberg mountains are 30km long by 23km wide and has Namibia's highest mountain at 2537m.

Our campsite in the (dry) Ugab RIver valley. We were told that a few hours before we arrived elephants had passed through the camp (we saw their footprints) but sadly we didn't see any while we were there.

This springbok was very tame and tended to stay around the campsite. One morning one of the campers had hold of it by its horns and then daren't let go - he had to call for assistance!

Brandberg is famous for the 'White Lady' rock painting. In fact it's not a white lady at all but represents a boy partly covered in white clay and holding a spear.

The 'White Lady' - a bit indistinct because of the light.

There were several other paintings at the site.

It took about 30 minutes to walk to the rock paintings and we saw several rock agamas - some very colourful.

The water tap next to our campsite was leaking - and presumably had been for a while as several birds and animals came along for a drink!

Cape Francolin

Grey Go-away bird.

We spent a night at a campsite in Uis and in the afternoon saw a snake crossing the sand near our tent. It then disappeared under the truck and hid itself under the front wheel.

We think it's a Tiger Snake.

 

There used to be a large tin mine near Uis but it's no longer used. Basil, the owner of the Brandberg restcamp in Uis, took us for a tour of the mine area...

 

... and we had a sundowner on the largest spoil heap and watched the sun go down.

 

1. Namib-Naukluft National Park - south
2. Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Swapokmund
3. Namib-Naucluft National Park - north
4. Skeleton Coast
5. Southern Damaraland
6. Northern Damaraland
7. Kaokoland
8. Etosha National Park
9. Waterberg
10. Caprivi
11. back to Richmond via Botswana
Diary (Word '97 document)

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