The sign also said to watch out for vipers and puff adders on the trail!
As I said, we tried to get an early start.
But when you know that you don't have a travel day, you really want to go at your own pace. So we did. It was 8:00am or so by the time we made it to breakfast. But we wanted to get on the trail as early as possible because it was going to be a very hot sun. And it was a steep climb!
First pic, taken at 8:48am. It's all uphill from here!
Wasn't long before we had a nice view of the lodge.
Kevin, on the trail.
The rocks are very sharp on your hands. In fact, the reception desk lends out leather gloves for you to wear so that you don't cut your hands on some of the steeper sections, and we were glad we had them!
Took this to show you how steep the trail was that we were climbing up.
There were some odd looking trees at the top. Really stumpy with hardly any branches.
Turned out the hill was only 118 meters (350 feet) high, so it really didn't take us that long even though it was fairly steep. Never did see any snakes, in fact we didn't see any wildlife at all. Nice view from the top though, and we could see the highest point in Namibia, far in the distance...
The highest point in Namibia is in that range of mountains in the distance.
We climbed back down and it had only taken us an hour and ten minutes. It didn't really feel like four kms, yet we had followed the markings exactly, or we thought we did. I'll have to try and map it out and see if it really was four kms.
We drove into the town of Khoraxis about 30 kms (18 miles) away and bought some grocery type items. We've been buying lunch or dinner at the lodges, and then having snacks and things at other times. Breakfast has been included, so we always have a good breakfast!
Oh, and filled up with fuel again. Man, we've been doing a lot of driving. Figured out that we've put about 3,000 kms (1,800 miles) on our little Dhiatsu 4x4 from Namibia Car Rental since we picked it up on December 4th...only two weeks ago!
Then we simply relaxed for the afternoon. They have a beautiful pool at Damara Mopane Lodge...
The pool at Damara Mopane Lodge.