After our quick lunch, in the car on the road-side just outside of Khorixas, we continued our drive south through the dessert. Just before Uis, we made a 40 km detour (round trip) to Brandbergen.
The Brandberg (Fire Mountain) is a massive pink granite mountain. The mountain is named for the effect created by the setting sun. The summit, Königstein, is Namibia’s highest peak at 2573 m.
Inside the mountain is the White Lady, said to be one of the finest remnants of prehistoric art on the African continent. Our travel guide gave us no information about how far the White Lady is from the car park, and we have had no internet access for the past couple of days. We decided a 40 km detour was worth it to find out. Turned about to be at least a 2 hour hike. Something we did not have the time for should we make it to Swakopmund before dark.
We headed back to the main road and continued south to Uis, and the west toward the Sceleton Coast.
Around Uis there were stalls along the road, where things (don’t know what, we didn’t stop) were sold by local tribespeople. Tourists are not encouraged to buy from them i.e. the Himba people. It is said that encouraging this trade works to draw people away from their traditional lifestyle, and draws them toward a cash economy that undermines long-standing values and community cooperation.
From Uis it was just driving through the desert for 170 km. The only place to drive was in the middle of the road, because of the loose sand/gravel. Other cars could be spotted many kilometers away, due to the dust caused by the tires, and there was plenty of time to yield to the left before the cars met. There was nothing but sand, sand, and more sand. Maybe the odd rock in the sand.
Other things we encountered on our drive were road scrapers, donkey carts, some cattle on the road, and people walking.
At Hentiesbaai we reached the Atlantic Ocean. The air got more humid the closer we got. I could sense the Ocean before we could see it. I must say, I do prefer living close to the sea. We continued south to Swakopmund, a small town by the South Atlantic Ocean.