We woke up as usual and headed north, only this time we didn’t have to pack up tents!! Our destination today was Spitzkoppe which is located somewhere in the desert between Swakopmund and Etosha.
Before reaching our destination we stopped along the cost to visit a seal inhabited beach. There were thousands upon thousands of seals everywhere you looked. There are few things in this world that smell worse than seals. We saw big ones, small ones, fat ones, baby ones, seals fighting, sleeping, making babies, having babies, and so much more. If the sharks or whales found out about this place they would be in heaven! I took so video and you should all feel lucky that we are still in a time period where smell cannot be detected over video! Needless to say we didn’t spend too much time here and were back on the road to Spitzkoppe within the hour.
When we got there we were surrounded by huge sand formations that formed mountains. They were an amazing sight and after setting up tent we spent the afternoon exploring them. We had a guide take us around as well and he showed us where tribes used to stay and where they would do cave drawings on the wall. To make the drawings they often used the innards of animals to a paint that would last. Most of the drawings were fairly simple but they all had meanings. A rhino pointing to the left meant that you could find water if you continued heading left. This would be helpful for any future tribes that were wondering through. Other pictures symbolized the type of animals in the area whether it be for hunting or for watching out for. I think I could have made better drawings if I do say so myself. The location we were in was also used to film the movie 10,000 BC, which I haven’t see but maybe I will now!?
Back at the site I put on my climbing shoes and started the hike up the sandstone mountains. Let me tell you, it’s a hell of a lot easier going up then it is going down. I was able to scale the side of the mountain which was extremely flat due to wind and water erosion but once at the top I wasn’t too sure if I’d ever make it down. I even said a few prayers thinking I could use anything to help aid my descent. Fortunately as you can tell, I lived to write about it. After circling the cliffs for a while longer I found a relatively flat spot and set up camp, only this time without a tent and only a sleeping mat and bag. I guess you could say I roughed it under the stars but the weather was perfect and the sky was beautiful to fall asleep to. A group of us also finished off some wine bottles that helped sleeping come easy. I woke up a few times in the night because I thought there was some creepy crawlers that had joined me but most of the time it was just my mind playing tricks on me. It was a nice experience though and I’m glad I can say I slept out under the African Sky at least once haha.