Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Day 152 At Sea
Today was another pretty good day. I have truly loved my 8 days at sea. Except for feeling lously with a cold it has been grand. Tomorrow morning we arrive into Walvis Bay, Namibia around 8:00 a.m. I will be doing an exciting tour with the ship. Here is the description: Sandwich Harbour --- Sandwich Harbour is one of Southern Africa’s richest and unique wetlands, wedged between the sea and the Namib Dunes. Wildlifelovers have heard of it, but very few have ever visited. Potable water seeping fromthe underground aquifer sustains the freshwater vegetation at the base of the dunes. North of the freshwater wetlands are the extensive mudflats of Sandwich Harbour. This is a center of concentration for migratory shorebirds, waders and flamingos. Meet your guide for an early start and on the way to Sandwich, you will stop off at the lagoon to view the masses of flamingos and other birds that live in one of the biggest natural wetlands in the Southern Hemisphere. The drive down to Sandwich takes in the Kuiseb River Delta, a dry riverbed where the odd springbok may still be seen. Giant dunes have to be crossed to get to Sandwich Harbour. Breathtaking views and exhilarating driving make this an unforgettable experience. The thrilling ride over the dunes and the sight of thousands of flamingos is quite a rush. With your experienced guide behind the wheel, you will feel comfortable, but you will know why so few take on this difficult ride. If vehicles cannot drive all along the beach to get to Sandwich Harbour because of the tides, you will have the time to walk the half-mile to a mile to reach this area. At Sandwich Harbour, you will have plenty of time walk around and take pictures of this unique scenery. When it’s time to enjoy something to eat, your guide simply finds a suitable place to stop and serves a light picnic lunch, including a selection of snacks, salad, bread, fresh fruit with sparkling wine and drinks. The lunch stop usually takes place on top of a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The route home will be done testing the power of the vehicles on the dunes, the highlight being the 130-foot-high Roaring Dune, to return toWalvis Bay by mid-afternoon.