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Another beautiful shot of the Namib-Naukluft-Park. On your way to the Namib-Desert-Lodge, you will probably use the C14 which crosses the park. You do not need a permit for the transit between Walvis Bay and Kuiseb Pass, but as soon as you leave the C14, you will need a permit.


And one more shot of the northern part of the Namib-Naukluft-Park.

Kuiseb Canyon Namibia

If you have got enough time, we recommend a short stop at the Kuiseb Canyon. You can access the canyon about 124 km east of Walvis Bay. A small sign points towards the canyon, and the gravel road will be quite bad. The canyon itself is impressing, but...

Kuiseb Canyon Namibia

...for a good photo of the Kuiseb Canyon you should target early morning or late afternoon to get some nice shadows as well. Our photo was done at 12:30 pm, so the whole scene looks rather dull. Just the tree in the lower left corner gives you an idea how big the canyon actually is!

Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus)

This single ostrich was marching slowly along the northern part of the Namib-Naukluft-Park. By now it was quite hot, around 39 C, and we were happy to have a car with air condition. :-)

Bridge over the dry Kuiseb River

The bridge over the dry Kuiseb River is quite narrow, so just one car fits on it. I waited until a suitable car (i.e. a 4x4) came up, and captured the moment.

Kuiseb River seen from Kuiseb Bridge Namibia

This is the view into the dry bed of the Kuiseb River.

Tropic of Capricorn Namibia

Further down the C14 you will come across the "Tropic of Capricorn" sign, indicating that you are now officially leaving the tropical belt of the earth. I think it's about time for an inspection of our rental car...

Avis Rental Car Namibia

Our car was heavily dusted after roughly 2,800 km (1,740 miles) - and this part, between Kuiseb Pass and Solitaire was clearly the worst road of our trip. What had happened? There were roadworks on this part, and the workers left lane grooves that got deeper and deeper by the mile. At some point the gravel would hit the underbody of our car loudly, but we could not safely change the lanes, because there it seemed to be even worse. Bad. Very very bad. We progressed slowly, hoping that this was the worst part. So, the whole leg from Walvis Bay to Solitaire (about 235 km / 146 mi) took us five hours (without the stops at Vogelfederberg and Kuiseb Canyon). That's why we strongly recommend a 4x4 for your trip to Namibia. We will NOT go for a sedan again here, regardless of what other people, guidebooks, or officals, might tell you.

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