NAMIBIA AT ITS BEST

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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.

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