Desert Beauty Namibia, Brandberg

The ‘Brandberg’ Mountain Range get their name from their almost black appearance. Early San hunter and gatherers used this widespread mountain range as a navigational point and called it ‘The Burnt Mountains’. The ‘Brandberg’ are also well known for their rock paintings.

Warming early morning rays, Damaraland, Namibia

Warming early morning rays, Damaraland, Namibia

It was a chilly morning when I crawled out of Zimba’s rooftop tent.

Clouds add to any landscape photo, Damaraland, Namibia

Clouds add to any landscape photo, Damaraland, Namibia

I sat with coffee in the sun and was hoping to see an elephant or two. So were the Safari vehicles, who were surprisingly plentiful.

Riverbed express, Damaraland, Namibia

Riverbed express, Damaraland, Namibia

Asking if I had seen any elephants, they moved on along the riverbed express. I really wasn’t much in a hurry and savoured the serenity and warming rays.

Fascinating oasis, Damaraland, Namibia

Fascinating oasis, Damaraland, Namibia

These gave a different colour spectacle towards the western ridges, just magnificent.

More typical desert view, Damaraland, Namibia

More typical desert view, Damaraland, Namibia

I passed another large open sand area which had, similar to yesterday, a little plant growing patch. I was very much tempted to follow the Huab Riverbed out west to the Skeleton Coast but decided to leave this adventure for next time.

River, trees and sand dune, Damaraland, Namibia

River, trees and sand dune, Damaraland, Namibia

Instead, I followed the ‘Aba Huab’ riverbed east towards ‘Twelvefontain’ (12 fountains). The sand dune combination with tall green trees is just fascinating.

Sand dune formation, Damaraland, Namibia

Sand dune formation, Damaraland, Namibia

A few fallen trees gave the scene some added perspective.

Popular track, Damaraland, Namibia

Popular track, Damaraland, Namibia

This riverbed is a well-used highway too.

Lookout point towards Brandberg, Damaraland, Namibia

Lookout point towards Brandberg, Damaraland, Namibia

I took Zimba up to a lookout point and gave myself a better idea on direction and location.

Riverbed in western direction, Damaraland, Namibia

Riverbed in western direction, Damaraland, Namibia

A shady oasis along the river. 

Ostrich roaming plains overlooking Brandberg mountain range, Brandberg, Namibia

Ostrich roaming plains overlooking Brandberg mountain range, Brandberg, Namibia

The landscape changed back to flat, dry and sandy savanna once passing Twelvefontein. A solitaire male ostrich roamed the plains along the ‘ Burnt Mountains’ escarpment.

Springbok heading to airstrip, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Springbok heading to the airstrip, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

A springbok buck made his way back to his young family,

Young springbok calve and mother using airstrip, Brandberg, Brandberg Mountains

Young Springbok calf and mother using airstrip, Brandberg, Brandberg Mountains

waiting patiently on the airstrip. The wet season is not far off.

Surreal boulders around Twelvefontain, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Surreal boulders around Twelvefontain, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Different sized round boulders piled up on various locations looked fascinating as we drove along.

Devils Marbles?, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Devils Marbles?, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

One formation reminded me of Australia’s outback at ‘Devils Marbles’. 

Fascinating boulder formation, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Fascinating boulder formation, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

I took a few off-road shortcuts through the scorching hot sands before reaching ‘Brandberg White Lady Lodge and Campground’. Named after a famous San rock painting, this is a very popular tourist destination. Herds of mainly German tourists had taken the swimming pool area over, it almost had a ‘Mallorca’ feel to it. I wasn’t in tourist mode but decided to stay a night in the well-spaced camping spots. Desert elephants are regularly seen here but had moved north as the ranger explained. Bummer.

Cacti garden at ‘White Lady Lodge’, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Cacti garden at ‘White Lady Lodge’, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

What fascinated me most around here was the large cacti garden.

Flowerful display, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Flowerful display, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

With the rainy season not far off, most cacti started flowering.

Tiny flowers go round and round, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Tiny flowers go round and round, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

In comparison tiny colourful flowers dotted along the green and spiky cactus.

Fruitful cactus, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Fruitful cactus, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Others were carrying fruit already, adding to this colourful odd shaped bonanza.

Desert colour and shape bonanza, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Desert colour and shape bonanza, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

An ocean of purple/red in the green spiky environment.

Cactus in and out of focus, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Cactus in and out of focus, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Quite fascinating.

Cactus wooden background, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Cactus wooden background, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

From a photographer’s point of view, the spiky backdrop looks scurrilous when focused on the flower.

Shifting focus point, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Shifting focus point, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

I prefer that on black and white mode.

Different shapes in black and white, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Different shapes in black and white, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

The same applies to different shapes and colours.

Surprisingly shaped, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Surprisingly shaped, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

One can be very creative with their camera’s focus point. Some cacti were almost as tall as me.

Perfectly round, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Perfectly round, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

As most were perfectly round,

Mid evil appearance, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

Mid evil appearance, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

others looked like mid evil weapons. 

No cactus garden without a tortoise, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

No cactus garden without a tortoise, Brandberg Mountains, Namibia

This tortoise added perfectly to this desert scene. 

Whilst the sunset viewpoint overloaded in German language, I decided to light the fire at camp and skip tomorrow’s planned visit to the ‘White Lady’. 

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