25-May-2004 -- Our three-week Namibia tour, which was initiated by the appearance of two comets visible to the naked eye at the same time, lead us from the far South up to the outermost Northwest of the country.
We started our trip in Windhoek, then headed towards the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop and passed the Fish River Canyon and the Orange River. The town of Lüderitz, usually wrapped in by fogbanks, and the ghost diamond mining town of Kolmannskuppe awaited us on a dazzlingly clear day.
After passing the Tiras Mountains, we visited the Sesriem Canyon and the magnificent scenery surrounding the highest dunes in the world around the Sossusvlei and the Deadvlei pans within the Namib Desert. A flight safari lead us across the Namib Naukluft Park towards the Forbidden Coast, a barren landscape speckled only with shipwrecks, abandoned mine camps, and colonies of seals.
Passing Kuiseb Canyon, we camped in the Blutkuppe area, before we went to Swakopmund. After two days, lots of encounters with flamingos, pelicans, seals, and dolphins - the latter both during sailing - and a visit to the giant (smelling) seal colony at Cape Cross, we headed fully equipped across the Damaraland towards the Kunene region. Before leaving Damaraland, we took a short detour to Twyfelfontein, where rock engravings can be found made by the San (Bushmen) some thousand years ago.
An unvisited and unattempted confluence point (20S 14E) draw attention to us, and this was quite interesting, since that very point was less than 5 km from the Road C43 (D2620) going from Khorixas (almost via Twyfelfontein) to Palmwag. There were some steep hills, and the ground was covered by uncounted smaller and larger rocks and boulders in the direction of the confluence point. Fortunately, we found a nice 4x4 track leading almost directly towards the desired point. After crossing some river beds and a wide and smooth valley, we walked the last 300 meters to the confluence point, which was near the northern foot of a beautiful hill.