Well, this is the dune that everyone that comes here climbs and takes their pictures. There wasn’t Instagram back in 2008 though, and selfies wasn’t really a thing yet. Every time I walk up a sand dune I’m reminded how hard it is, and also how hot the sand can get. But that said, it really isn’t that hard. And I’m not in amazing shape or fit by any means. A bit of exaggeration for those who say its tough- Dune 45 is not an insanely tall mountain or anything like that everyone. But the Namib Desert that Sossusvlei is a part of, does indeed have the highest sand dunes in the world though (if I’m remembering correctly). Also, I think the dune has shrunk over the years – looking it up now I see different heights listed for Dune 45 compared to 2008….
The drive from the hotel to Sossuvlei was really nice, and was treated to a sunrise along the way. You do have to go a bit early to avoid the sand getting too hot.
I did say Dune 45 wasn’t like a massive mountain, but its still quite a big sand dune nonetheless. For reference here’s a picture with some hikers:
I love taking pictures of sand dunes in the desert because the colors change so quickly and vividly depending on sunlight and the sun’s position.
The thing about traveling alone is you always have to ask someone else to take your picture. No selfie cameras on phones yet….
Mini Bobo’s first appearance on this (new) blog!