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Outjo Bäckerei

Now, civilization has us back - we drive on a well maintained (and tarred!) road C38 to Outjo, a small town with supermarkets, petrol stations, restaurants, and tourist shops. And then there is the "Outjo Bäckerei", the German bakery where you can order German cookies and cakes, Pizza, and Hamburgers. The friendly folks offer Internet access as well. Nice.

Volkswagen Polo Classic 1.6 from Avis Namibia

Ah, we did not mention our rental car until now, or did we? We had a good and reliable blue Volkswagen Polo Classic 1.6 (Group C) by Avis Namibia. After the problems we had with Hertz in Scotland, we returned to using Avis for this trip (see tips for your trips for details). Anyway, what can we say? The car was great for a sedan, but the roads would have called for a 4x4. Something we became quickly aware of once we turned to a gravel road (C39) once again in Khorixas...

Vingerklip Namibia

This is the Vingerklip, a tall monolithic rock - resembling a finger - that dominates the landscape of the Ugab Terraces between Outjo and Khorixas. It can be accessed conveniently from the road D2743 towards the Vingerklip Lodge. In fact the rock is on the premises of the lodge, but you may visit the rock even without being a guest of the lodge. In case you wonder, the rock is about 35 meters (115 ft) high.

Ugab Terraces Namibia

A short walk (about 5 minutes) leads up to the Vingerklip, and this is the view from there. In the distance you can see the Ugab Mountains.

View from Vingerklip Namibia

Another view from the Vingerklip rock. The rocks have been developed through erosion, and we could not help the feeling of deja-vu: the Monument Valley in Utah looks quite similar to this place.

View into rear mirror with a cloud of dust from gravel road

And one of the hardest parts of the trip was yet to come, for us - and for the car. This is what it looks like when you look into the rear mirror while driving on a dry gravel road, producing huge clouds of dust! As we now had just gravel road ahead, from Khorixas to Swakopmund, we were uncertain whether our car would actually play along?

C39 Namibia

So we were driving fairly slowly, and we took our time to enjoy the many splendid views on the C39.

West of Khorixas Namibia

These are the rugged mountains that can be found along the C39, west of Khorixas.

Safari Feeling Namibia

You see vehicles coming up quite early by just watching for dust clouds - one of the big advantages when driving on gravel roads! And it gives you that undescribable "Safari Feeling". :-) By the way, the number of vehicles was really low since we left Khorixas. I would estimate that we saw about one car every 30 minutes, so the area was getting very very lonely now.

Kids try to sell handiwork in Namibia

When we turned from C39 into D2612 towards Twyfelfontein, Petra asked me to stop so that she could take a photo. Some kids took the opportunity and tried to sell some handiwork (a small wooden elephant) to me, and they succeeded! Smart salesmen! ;-) Anyway, Petra captured this moment on photo.

Twyfelfontein Lodge

After another 25 km (15 mi) we finally reached our home for the night, the incredible Twyfelfontein Lodge. Nestled along the mountains of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy, utmost care was taken to reduce the visual impact on the environment and to blend the buildings into the mountainside. The architects did a fantastic job: from the distance the lodge can hardly be seen. Yet, it offers all the comfort and amenities you would expect from a high profile accommodation!

Aplenglow at Twyfelfontein

At sunset time we watched the spectacle from our room, looking at the opposite mountains - the best "Alpenglow" you can imagine. The color of the red stones is being enhanced by the warm sunset light, resulting in a deep red illumination of the mountains.

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