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Fish River Hike | Day 2

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On the 7th May 2017, Henrico and 5 other gents, including my dad, went to Canon Roadhouse, close to the Fish River Canyon to start their 5 day hike.

I begged him to take a camera along. A tall order for any hiker trying to save on grams. But he did and over the next few weekends, I’ll share a bit of the beauty of the Fish River Canyon.

 

Here the men are after their first night without beds. And how blessed were they to find Desert Horses?! And so close?!

 

Focus: Paul van Schalkwyk

Today I introduce to you a photographer that I have long since admired and well, idolized. His photography has shown me places in Namibia that I never knew existed. Many of them I have now visited, but most, I will probably only be able to admire through his work.

Paul van Schalkwyk is/was one of Namibia’s leading photographers. Paul, sadly, passed away a while back in the way he probably would have preferred going – while flying.

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Paul van Schalkwyk

Paul’s About Page so clearly states who he was and what he loved doing…

“Photographers always dream of places, their minds and eyes are always
wandering. Flying gives you freedom, it enables you to follow…”

Timing is key. Miles above the earth, travelling at 120 miles per hour, art
can only be produced on intuition, an intuition that is formed and fine-tuned only through years of experience. Years spent filming a pride of lions in Namibia’s Etosha National Game Reserve. Years spent documenting the political transformation that preceded Namibian independence. Years of breathing, seeing, living though the lens…

Here is a link I found that was written in Memorium of Paul and if this doesn’t show his dedication, nothing ever will.

I would love to show you his each and every photo, as they are all good, but please visit his gallery for his photos.

Here are just a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

And here is a video to fully appreciate Paul’s work.

Travelling Tuesday: Southern Namibia

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“Writing makes a map, and there is something about a journey that begs to have its passage marked” – Christina Baldwin, Story Circle Network

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A few years ago I decided to take my then fiance on a short road trip to Sossusvlei.

On this trip, I discovered not only the most scenic road in Namibia,

I also discovered that it is not the destination but the journey that matters,

as the quote so rightfully states.

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For anyone wandering whether Namibia is worth all the trouble or not,

I can assure you,

IT IS.

Every mile of it changes your heart, your perspective and your being.

You’ll want to come back.

You’ll need to return.

Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei

Dead Vlei in Sossusvlei

It took me a while to understand the difference between Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei. It took me reading a Guide Book to understand that they were not actually the same place. Let me explain.

Sossusvlei is the general area of dunes where we go to see the dunes. The famous dune belt is best observed here with Big Daddy as one of its most famous dunes. Within the Sossusvlei area is Dead Vlei and also the Sesriem Canyon. So yes, when you are going to Sossusvlei, you are bound to visit Dead Vlei. Sesriem Canyon is a bit out of the way and you need to ask to see this area otherwise you will miss it. As with so many other places in Namibia, these areas are best observed in the very early morning hours or late afternoon just before sunset.

Places to stay at there are plenty of. I have uploaded the photos of one of the may lodges in this area – Little Kulala. But there are literally a place for every budget.

 

Southern Namibia

Southern Namibia

To call this post Southern Namibia is a bit crazy as these photos come from a very small portion of Namibia’s south. But in lack of better description, we will remain with Southern Namibia for the time being.

These photos were taken quite some time ago in an area that I then visited for the first time. To say that I fell in love would be a bit of an understatement. I totally lost my heart in these mountains and picked it up several years later in the Kaokoland. But that is a story for another day.

Here are some of the highlights of the road trip from Windhoek along the C24 and D854 to Sossusvlei.

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