Inland from Skeleton Coast - Namibia Images from a fantastic March 2017 self drive through Namibia. Page under Construction
Locations within (fairly) easy driving around Swakopund Namibia the small colonial Germanic Town on the Atlantic Coast with fine bars and restaurants and friendly, hospitable people.
The wreck of the Zeila fishing trawler near Henties Bay. The vessel was stranded in 2008 losing its tow in a storm while enroute to an Indian Breakers Yard. Perhaps this is a more fitting fate as photostop and home to resting and nesting Cormorants. The beach also supports a small group of local men selling hand mined gemstones such as Amazonite, Tiger Eye, Sodalite, Calcite, Chrysocolla and Amethyst.
Some of the 100,000 or so fur seals that densely pack the beaches along just a few kilometres of the Dorob National Park at Cape Cross Seal Reserve, feeding on fish within the upwelling, plankton rich Benguela current.
Fur seal argument - one of the many amongst the barking throng of (somewhat smelly) fur seals. Cape Cross, Namibia.
These two lucky fur seal pups rushed to their Mothers to suckle distinguished from the thousands of others by sight, sound and smell. Cape Cross, Namibia.
Luxury feeding spot for this mother and pup. Cape Cross, Namibia.
Flamingo's Fly In - Walvis Bay, Namibia.
Greater Flamingo - striking the pose - Walvis Bay, Namibia.
After heavy Nabinian rains the Swakopmund River flowed for the first time in 5 years. Goanikontes had a carnival atmosphere as people plodged
Magnificent emptiness of the Moonscape Plains, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia..
We had driven for miles in the emptiness seeing no animal or bird life, then this little chap popped up as we stopped to eat. Welwitschia Plains Drive, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia.
Mountain zebra herd called away by stallion in 35*c heat.. Welwitschia Plains, Namibia.
Succesful crossing of the River Ugab, (minus number plate - lost in a dip). Image credit Mrs Wilson. Skeleton Coast National Park, Namibia.
Southwest Seal a local 90-tonne fishing vessel beached in 1976 after catching fire. Partial remains are just south of Toscanini on the Torra Bay road, Skeleton Coast. Namibia.
Southwest Seal remains, Skeleton Coast,Namibia.
Abandoned IDECO Land rig - failed search for oil and gas in the 1960's. Conditions must have been tough! Skeleton Coast, Namibia.
Vastness of the interior of the Skeleton Coast Park. With stops we took 7 hours to drive from Swakopmund to Grootberg in Damaraland - and saw only 11 other vehicles in the remote area's. Fantastic to be alone in the wild (with a well provisioned 4x4 of course).
View of the immense Grootberg Pass from Grootberg Lodge accommodation - a comfortable and wonderfully welcoming lodge run by and for the local community. Damaraland, Namibia..
Black chested snake eagle taking off from Telegraph pole: Damaraland, Namibia.
Named following a lost fight to an older leopard; Scarback checks us out. Okonjima Nature Reserve, Central Highlands, Namibia.
"Scar-Back" the young male Leopard we radio-collar tracked with Ranger "Craig".
In Colour - as Nature intended.
Scarback stares from the grass. Okonjima Nature Reserve, Central Highlands, Namibia.
Content we do not pose a threat the young male Leopard rests like only confident big cats can. Okonjima Nature Reserve, Central Highlands, Namibia.
Two of the 3 coalition brothers. Radio tracking collars visible. Okonjima Nature Reserve, Central Highlands, Namibia.
Relaxed Cheetah: Under the guidance of Craig we were allowed to approach on foot to within 50ft of these beautiful wild creatures.
Springbok: 1 x ewe leads 3 x hopeful bucks in line across the unusually lush grasses. Okonjima Nature Reserve, Central Highlands, Namibia.
Giraffes doing what Giraffes do as night draws in: Okonjima Nature Reserve, Central Highlands, Namibia.
Interested Oryx: Okonjima Nature Reserve, Central Highlands, Namibia.
Three plain's zebra bond amongst the unusually lush grasses of Etosh National Park, Namibia.
Plain's Zebra providing mutual support: Identified by grey stripe between black. Etosha National Park, Namibia.
Black-faced Impala ewes, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
Impala: 3 x way scuffle. Etosha National Park, Namibia.
Inquisitive young black backed jackal checking us out. Etosha National Park, Namibia.
Greater Kestrel, Etosha National Park Namibia.
Lilac Breasted Roller with meal of beetle. The bird nipped the insect into sections before finally tossing the bite sized pieces up and into its throat.
Tasty! Bird and beetle: Etosha National Park, Namibia.