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Namibia

March 16 – LÜDERITZ, NAMIBIA

sunny 70 °F
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After leaving South Africa we came to this small port town in Southern Namibia.

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The town was founded by Germans in 1883 and became very wealthy due to fishing, whale and seal hunting, guano harvesting and eventually diamond mining.

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We drove into the Namib Desert to see a “Ghost Town”.

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The discovery of diamonds in 1908 caused a “Diamond Rush” and an extravagant village arose providing homes and many amenities for the miners.

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Those Germans, they even had a bowling alley!

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Cooking for a crowd

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Within forty years, this town in the desert flourished and then disappeared when diamonds were discovered elsewhere.

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Posted by Swenigale 03:24 Archived in Namibia

Mar. 17 – WALVIS BAY, NAMIBIA

semi-overcast 65 °F
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The Namib, the oldest desert on earth, reaches the sea. Our tour today was aboard a catamaran in Walvis Bay Lagoon.

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The best part – the white pelicans that joined us!!

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Seals climbed aboard, as well.

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Oops!

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I didn’t know those webbed feet could grip!

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Oysters are farmed here – they are cultivated on ropes tied below the barrels. The lagoon is also a safe place for ships that need repair to anchor and wait their turn in Walvis Bay shipyards.

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Colonies of fur seals line the lagoon.

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So many babies!

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Our boat for the three-hour tour.

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Our driver 😊

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Yes, they served those fresh oysters!

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Seals were still working for their food on our return trip!

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Posted by Swenigale 04:23 Archived in Namibia

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