After a weekend in NYC, we're off to Johannesburg, on what would be our least favorite flight. Fourteen hours and impossible to sleep, but we arrived in good spirits.
Not a great image, but can't include Drakensberg without mention of these fine creatures. Every morning we watched them building nests such as these.
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
In the Drakensberg mountains. This boutique hotel prides itself on six-course dinners. Fortunately the nearby mountains made it relatively easy to hike some of it off.
The small river outside our hotel was lovely, with terrific views of the Drakensberg mountains, where we hiked during our stay.
Highmoor Nature Reserve
The Drakensberg rise steeply until reaching a plateau. These rolling hills are actually on top of the mountains, and the seemingly endless vista was strange and magical.
Nan Hiking in Highmoor
Wandering on top of the Drakensberg mountains without another soul in sight.
Umhlanga Rocks section of Durban in South Africa had beautiful beaches, and a great, diverse culture.
An iPhone shot from our Highmoor hike.
The Lonely Oryx
Wandering the Namib desert as sunset approached.
Morning light on dunes at Sossusvlei
The desert felt like another planet (with temperatures to match).
Hard to overstate how vibrant the colors are at Deadvlei/Sossusvlei. The high iron content in the sand makes for incredibly rich hues, which almost make up for the oppressive heat.
Nan Takes in the Trash
Our guide sent Nan off to recover what he thought was a piece of plastic, but turned out to be toilet paper. Why he didn't go and get it himself is a subject best left alone.
Kulala Desert Lodge
Glamping in the Namib. Each hut had a rooftop sleeping area. But things were pretty hot & windy, so we chose not to partake (no air-conditioning either, in 100-degree heat).
Staring out towards sunset, this was our picnic spot.
We hunted poisonous spiders, but also worked our way around a movie shoot for "Monster Hunter"
Edge of the Namib desert on our 5-seater flight to Swakopmund
Namibian coastal town of Swakopmund
Seal Colony, Walvis Bay
Thousands of loud, smelly and fascinating seals.
Seal colony at Walvis Bay
Flamingoes on Walvis Bay
'They taste like strawberry chickens', claimed our guide.
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Buried where they died, likely in the 19th century, these Nama remains in the dunes south of Walvis Bay were recently exposed by the winds. They remain protected in Namib-Naukluft national park.