We arrived in Swakopmund at 10.00, and it was about 15 minutes to get the car off the train, then we hit the road, heading towards the Namib- Naukluft Park. http://www.namibweb.com/naukluft.htm I had envisaged this to be a drive through the lifeless, arid desert......how wrong I was. Firstly the road was gravel, but almost as good as a tar road and with no traffic on it.The desert was amazing! It changed constantly, starting off flat with a little bit of grass growing, we soon entered the green Kuiseb Canyon, and soon after this drove over a range of limestone hills. We constantly saw Springbok and Ostrich, and very soon reached the 'town' of Solitaire. we stopped here to fill up with petrol and have some of the 'best Apfelstrudel in Africa'...it was delicious.
We drove on and the scenery just got better and better, it was one of the most stunning and colorful landscapes I have driven through, the colours ranging from Violets to Bright Oranges and Caramel Browns. My camera could not do the scenery Justice. We saw a surprising amount of wild game, mainly Springbok, but we also saw Gemsbok.
Our stop for the next two nights was The Kulala Desert lodge. I have posted photos on Trip Advisor