04.20.2011 - 04.20.2011
WALVIS BAY, NAMIBIA, AFRICA
We set off on a "Desert 4 x 4 Wildlife Discovery". We were told that Namibia is a predominantly Lutheran country and this rock testimony was nice to see as we remember the days of Holy Week all this long way from home.
Namibia is the 2nd least densely populated sovereign nation on earth (Mongolia is no. 1) - in fact, "Namib" means "place of no people". The Namib Desert spans the entire length of the country along the Atlantic coast. Rain is very infrequent and unpredictable, with moisture mostly provided by the fog that rolls ashore every three days. The average rainfall in Walvis Bay is less than 10 millimeters (3/8 of an inch) per year.
We had arrived in the early morning amidst rain, thunder and lightning much to everyone's surprise. The unlikely weather let up briefly throughout out tour so that we could venture out of our vehicles in search of rare desert creatures.
A poisonous young Sidewinder Adder
A transparent Palmetto Gecko
A Namaqua Chameleon
Our Namibian Driver/Guide, Andrew, surprised us with oysters and champagne at the end of our tour.