NAMIBIA AT ITS BEST
The Messum Crater, photographed by Xenia Ivanoff-Erb
Early in March 2014, news came about good rain in the area north and east of Henties Bay. So, one Sunday in the early hours of the morning, my husband Georg and I set off from Swakopmund in our Land Rover. We drove up the Messum River and ate breakfast at a granite outcrop in the centre of Messum Crater, where this photo was taken.
The landscape made me feel as if I’d been transported to another world. The geology changed every few minutes, and I’d never known how many welwitschia plants grew in that area. We also found beautifully preserved rock paintings and abundant wildlife such as springbok, gemsbok, ostrich, zebra, and even fresh elephant tracks.
From the crater we drove east, towards Brandberg, and circled back home late on Sunday evening – 540 km later! I know it sounds crazy, but it was worth every kilometre. Georg Erb runs Swakop Tour Company ( swakoptour.com). He does tours for nature lovers and photographers in the desert around Swakopmund.