This Friday I want to show you the Namibia Death Valley picture and crazy honeymoon story that comes with it. The photo was taken by Campbell & Alya Louw from the Stingy Nomads Blog.
Alya and Campbell are a South African-Russian couple that has been travelling together for 4,5 years all over the world doing a lot of hiking and diving.
They both love outdoors, Campbell is crazy about rugby and water sports, Alya loves art, classical music and dogs.
Photo Story: Namibia Death Valley
On this photo, you can see Sossusvlei, a salt pan with petrified trees surrounded by sand dunes of the Namib desert, Namibia.
This picture was taken during our honeymoon trip through Namibia. I must say it wasn’t a traditional honeymoon with staying in nice hotels somewhere on a tropical island and eating out every evening. Not at all!
Our trip was a camping trip and instead of the planned one month honeymoon we had to extend it for two months.
Camping and cooking on the fire in the desert for two months for your honeymoon, it doesn’t sound like many people’s dream honeymoon!
To explain our honeymoon situation I must say that Campbell and I are from different countries; he is South African (where we got married) and I’m Russian.
I could stay in South Africa only for 3 months and my visa expired (yes I still needed a visa) a couple of days after the wedding so I couldn’t stay longer in the country.
It was in January and I didn’t feel like going back to Russia in winter, Namibia was our best option.
You can say we could go to tropical Mozambique and chill on the beach – not really it rains hell lot of that time of the year. So we went to Namibia.
Next month happened to be only two months later all that time we were driving around Namibia and literally went to every single place in the country. Now we can say we’re real Namibia experts!
Eventually, after two months we could come back to South Africa and now more than a year later we still don’t feel like going back to Namibia.
Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. Also written DeadVlei or Dead Vlei, its name means “dead marsh”.
In Google there are many references to the site, its name often being translated erroneously in terms such as “Namibia Death Valley“; a vlei is not a valley (which in Afrikaans is “vallei”). Nor is the site a valley; the pan is a desiccated vlei.
Dead Vlei has been claimed to be surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world, the highest reaching 300–400 meters (350m on average, named “Big Daddy” or “Crazy Dune”), which rest on a sandstone terrace.
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