Hoodia Desert Lodge - Namib Naukluft Park
After breakfast we hit the road using Jonathan’s map. We follow the rocky driveway passing the guesthouses. It’s a bumpy start but we enjoy every minute. We reach the gate leading up to a gravel C-road and unlock the chain. We attach a little plastic bag to the gate, so we can spot it again when driving back. It’s just a long stretch of road so we’d easily pass it. Jonathan’s description brings us without problems to the gate with the sign of the wild mountain zebra’s. Another 10 km lie ahead of us, through a beautiful mountainous landscape. We arrive at a small building with reception and bar where we pay a small fee. They are not in a hurry, but neither are we. The Waterkloof trail is 17 km long, but we will only follow the beginning of the trail leading up to some waterpools. “Are there any dangerous insects by the pool?” Lesley asks the woman. She stays silent for a minute, looking down on her paper and then she says: “There is NOTHING dangerous there.” (stupid tourists, but she doesn’t say that out loud).
The trail is marked with yellow-painted footprints on the rocks and soon we walk by the Naukluft river, though it’s just a small stream here. It’s warm but the trees offer some shade and we spot a group of baboons. They seem to observe us too, but keep a distance. We see no mountain zebra’s though, but then again we’re only walking by the river and not higher up. We don’t find any real pools – according to Jonathan we would even be able to take a dip but we don’t see how– and return to the starting point after about 2 hours for a simple lunch. It’s quiet in the park, just a few other travellers, and that suits us fine. We have a smooth drive back to the lodge and spot the gate with the plastic bag ☺ We’re back in time for another sunset.