Sunrises and sunsets in Namibia are pretty special. Anyone who has seen a few will agree. But when they top off a perfect day they – and the people you share them with – live on in your heart. That’s what happened to us on a sunset drive from Little Kulala, Sossusvlei.
Anyone who could still be grumpy just didn’t deserve to be there at all.
Plants have adapted too. To limit evaporation, many have tiny leaves, like the stinky shepherd’s tree (Boscia foetida). ‘The green stems provide moisture for animals,’ said Athan. ‘Flies pollinate the plants, which attract them with their smell. But once there’s fruit they don’t smell anymore. The fruit are about the size of an olive and they’re nice to eat. You can also make beer from them.’
All around us were blonde ripples of tall bushman grass. A scrub hare bounded across the track and a Ruppell’s korhaan, endemic to the Namib, went kraak kraak as it walked across the veld. ‘Around here we call them desert frogs because of that call,’ he said.
Note: I was a guest of Little Kulala for two nights, but the opinions expressed are my own.
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