Posted by: tim ellis | September 27, 2006

Shongololo Dune Express – Monday 4th September

We leave this morning for our first overnight camp – we have about 1000 km to drive before rejoining the train. We are back with Olivier’s bus and Tracey today.

We stop first for coffee, cake and African singing before heading for the traditional medieval castle (built 1908 by a German count for his American wife) where we enjoy a picnic lunch. The castle also has Ostrich (which we see) and kudu (which we don’t – although I do find a gecko while looking for them)

From the castle we drive out into the desert to our campsite-beautifully laid out ready for us where we have time for a quick drink before heading for the Sesriem gorge where Olivier is determined to find a snake – which he manages, when he discovers a young horned adder! (when we return to camp he is determined to find a barking gecko which he fails)

After dinner we sit gazing at the southern stars. Tracey shows me Scorpio (which is fairly easy to spot ) and Rudi – using his binoculars decides the very bright star just below Scorpio is probably Saturn…

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