So yesterday, we decided to do one of their intermediate to advanced level hiking trails. A 12.7 km (7.9 mile) route that promised a couple of fantastic views!
At this time of year, it gets very hot in the desert. And with the sun almost directly on top of you at mid day, it makes sense to get an early start on the hiking while things are still relatively cool.
Ruth, checking out the map at the trailhead.
This trail is called The Geister Trail. We had to drive about 6 kms (3.6 miles) from the campground to the trailhead. The day started off a bit cloudy which also made things a little cooler. We were prepared for that to change though, and brought lots of drinking water. Good thing, because it got hot!
You can see our 4x4 truck lower right.
Wasn't long before we had some nice views.
An old well.
Part of the route for this trail runs on an old winding track that German foot soldiers, mules, and horses used during World War I. The trail passes an old well of the Schutztruppe. Back in colonial times, this well provided much needed water for the soldiers. The well now only fills during rainy season.
This little one didn't make it. This skull would have fit easily into the palm of my hand.
Hmm, what kind of poop is this?? Leopard??
The trails are well marked and well maintained!
Kevin, hoping that no rocks come sliding down on him!
Enjoying the view.
Hmm. Some steep sections coming down though. Guess this was what they meant by "advanced"!
Walking back to our truck, we came across an old car. There was an informational sign beside it. Sort of a "Bonnie and Clyde" type of story, with bullet holes visible all over the car!
1934 Hudson in the Namibian desert.
The car is a 1934 Hudson. The story goes that the car belonged to two thieves who had stolen diamonds from the restricted Sperrgebiet Mining Area of Namibia, and fled in this car, followed by the police! It was at this spot that the detectives caught up with them, and both thieves were killed in the gunfight. It is said that the diamonds were never retrieved. Kinda makes you wonder if the detectives ended up taking early retirement!
Made it back to our campsite. It was about a four hour hike and it was getting too hot the last hour!
Time to relax!
So we're sitting there relaxing, when we hear some rustling in the grass on the other side of our wind break. Who wanders by, but an oryx!
What are you lookin' at??