Random stops and the Cape Cross Seal Colony

So. Β After I almost died in the Namibian Desert *ahem* we decided to have a few days of driving and when I say ‘we decided’ what I really mean is that it was on the itinerary and I was REALLY happy to be lazy for a few days whilst we made our way further into Namibia. We saw quite a few interesting things along the way so let’s take you on the journey shall we?

First up is the Tropic of Capricorn sign. Do you know what the Tropic of Capricorn is? No? It’s an invisible line that goes around the Earth something, something, something, science stuff, something, something, yawn. I’m sure it’s of great importance but when you find the sign randomly on the side of the road in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE it kind of loses it’s geek status you know?

Tropic of Capricorn

Apparently it's a line in the world?!

See, I told you the sign was random…this was the road we were on…nothing for miles!

Nothing but the road
Nothing but the road

Then we spent a night on a guy’s farm which is a gazillion acres huge with nothing but the main house and landscape for as far as your eye can see. That was the night the ladies showered with nothing but a head torch and the moonlight not forgetting the pervy 4 inch cricket who joined us too!

Bushman walk

Frans showing how hardcore Geckos are

Our guide, Frans, was showing us just how hardcore a Gecko’s bite can be…don’t worry, we didn’t eat this little creature…we ate a much bigger one later on: Kudu. That’s part of the antelope family to you and me and it was lovely (sorry vegetarian readers but this girl loves her meat…no dirty jokes about that last bit thank you very much!)

After the ‘Day of the Dunes’ where I swore that if I never saw another sand dune in my life it would be too soon, I climbed to the top of this one but I think you’ll agree that the scenery, again, made it all worthwhile πŸ˜€

Namibian beauty

Namibian beauty

Namibian beauty

Namibian beauty

Namibian beauty

Namibian beauty

After another few hours driving with nothing but scenery to look at we grabbed lunch at a random place called Solitaire Lodge which isn’t just famous for it’s American-themed ‘gas station’ look with rusted old Ford cars and Cacti but because they have THE most random bakery ever which bakes a well loved Apple Pie; so well-loved that it makes 200kg of it A DAY! Yikes!

Randomness

American gas station in Namibia

A seaside town called Swakopmund then called to us for a pittstop and we spent a couple of nights there in ACTUAL BEDS with memory foam matresses no less. It would have been great had I not had insomnia and had to listen to 2 snorers around me that could have woken the dead! The town is a haven for adrenaline activities such as sky diving and quad biking but I actually just wanted to explore the place I was staying so I walked along the beach and visited cafes soaking up the place and people watching.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund

Before we knew it we were back on the road and headed to the infamous Cape Cross Seal Colony. I say infamous because as cute and cuddly as the seals are, they stink. I know, I know, I’m probably hurting their feelings but until you visit the place and spend 30 minutes listening to them barking like dogs and breathe in almost pure ammonia because of their crap you can’t appreciate just how glad I was to leave the place but I struggled on, all in the name of photos for you; you’re welcome πŸ˜‰

Cape Cross Seal Colony

Cape Cross Seal Colony

Cape Cross Seal Colony

Cape Cross Seal Colony

Cape Cross Seal Colony

Cape Cross Seal Colony

Cape Cross Seal Colony

Cape Cross Seal Colony

Cape Cross Seal Colony

Cape Cross Seal Colony

 

Ok, ok, I’ll admit it, they’re cute. Β But they STILL STINK!

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12 comments

  1. So that’s what geckos do when they’re not selling car insurance!! lol

  2. They are definitely cute!

  3. Jen

    I knew you were a meat-lover you dirty girl!! Only messin, those seals are proper cute, it’s hard to believe they smelt so bad lol. Your pics are amazing x

  4. I love your outfit in the Tropic of Capricorn photo! You look so cute — nevermind the seals!

  5. Otin – Eeek!!! Hi there!!!! SO happy you’re still around and reading πŸ˜€ You’ve made my day!

  6. Erik – cute…but smelly; don’t forget that lol

  7. Jen – trust you to laugh at that πŸ˜‰ Oh they really did smell…your nostril hairs would have burnt off hun lol

  8. Heather – haha I LOVE that you talk about my outfit instead of what I’m actually doing πŸ˜€ Thank you – It’s one of my favourite dresses and the first time I’d worn it on the trip; it was good to feel girlie πŸ˜€

  9. LOL! Heather, I was just about to say the same thing!! That dress is so cute! I also love the landscape photo with the solitary tree. It looks so serene and epic at the same time.

  10. Maggie – good to know my fashion sense is approved of πŸ™‚ The sand dune landscape really was so serene – there was nothing but us and the horizon; incredible!

  11. Great post. Namibia is high on my list. I love those huge open spaces and the way the desert comes right to the ocean’s edge. Thanks for this!

  12. Jim – Namibia really is stunning; my second favourite country on the whole trip, you should definitely go!! πŸ™‚