After meeting Meg in Windhoek, we traveled to Sossusvlei via the C26 gravel road through the Gamsberg Pass.
A donkey cart in the hills before the Pass.
Donkeys are amazing creatures - I've seen them easily pull a cart up a gradient which I thought impossible.
There are some beautiful farms along the route - many of them cater to guests and campers.
A sign at the start of the Pass warning Truckers of the steep decline and sharp bends ahead.
This area has spectacular scenery, too much for one blog post.
The flat-topped Gamsberg Mountain is the dominant feature.
There seem to be quite a few Astronomical Observatories around here. I gleaned some info from this Source:
"The Gamsberg has been identified as one of the most suitable sites for an observatory in Southern Africa.
It is a table-mountain 120 km south west of Windhoek above the Namib desert at an altitude of 2350 m above sea level.
It experiences a large number of cloudless nights, a dark sky, excellent atmospheric transparency and low humidity. Comparative test measurements have demonstrated that it is of just as good quality as the well-known astronomical sites in Chile."
Who needs a Rollercoaster?
Namibia has just had a record-breaking Rain Season and most of the usually bone-dry riverbeds still had water in them.
A troop of Baboons at a river - I was surprised that they allowed me to photograph them.
Most Baboons I encounter run as soon as I approach or point my camera at them.
They can become pests on farms and are often shot at.
I love this Leopard design at a farm entrance ... or is it a Cheetah? ... :)
And then we were out of the mountains, on flat ground approaching the desert ...