We came from Swakopmund and experienced the changing landscapes, from desert sands into growing more green. On the way we started seeing again those shy zebras and some game. It was a refreshing sight, as we didn't see them for a few days, since we climbed down from the northern mountains of Opuwo into the Skeleton Coast. But the important thing to mention, is that you need to drive carefully and adjust to the changing conditions. For several days now, there were only flat, very straight and long gravel roads segments. On the way to Solitair, you suddednly come to a place in which the sign tells you of 9 km of winding road. You're so used to driving fast and straight already, that you may ignore, or not act upon it fast enough. This is what happened to the 4 Japanese guys who reached the curves sometime before us (see pictures). When we got there, we verified that no one is in need of immediate help or is injured, but the sight was quite shocking. Luckily they were all OK. 2 of them stayed close to the crashed car and the other 2 we met in Solitair. Beautiful place, by the way, with a sense of humor (population sign). And, proved to be right - has some excellent apple pies.
We decided to continue to Sossusvlei after all, so we can hit the dunes by sunrise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Solitaire, Namibia is a historic settlement near the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Midway between Sossusvlei and Swakopmund, it is a popular stop for travellers to shop at the original Tsondab General Dealer, eat lunch at Cafe van der Lee, visit McGregor's Bakery for fresh apple pie and espresso, and refuel at the petrol station. Solitaire has a well-maintained private airstrip: FYSO. Please visit our web site for more details. Solitaire Lodge features 25 spacious, modern, air-conditioned rooms wrapped around a courtyard pool and desert garden. Free WIFI is available for guests. The Solitaire Activity Centre offers Scenic Sundowner Drives, Night Drives, Fat Tire Bike Rentals, guided and self-guided hiking, all on the 45,000 acre Solitaire Land Trust (SLT). The SLT protects native habitat for numerous wildlife species, and is restoring former farmland degraded by drought and over-grazing. The SLT reaches from the base of the Great African Escarpment to the Namib, widely considered to be the oldest desert on the planet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Solitaire Lodge Namibia/Namib-Naukluft Park