Sunrise Over The Sand Dunes of Namibia

I have been looking forward to this morning since day we planned our trip through Namibia.

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If you have ever seen a picture of the sand dunes in Namibia it’s probably this guy: Dune 45. It’s this heap of sand is what put Namibia on my bucket list, today we climb it.

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We rose at well before the clock read 5:00 and headed toward the dune field with hopes of a colorful start to the day from atop a big pile of sand.

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The morning didn’t disappoint.

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It was a windy morning and the blowing sand gave a haze to everything. The colorful light was softened by the sand whipped up by the breezes. It was one of the most memorable mornings of our overland safari with Acacia African Adventures.

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However, like most pictures you see on our website, there is a story behind them that isn’t quite as glamorous. Dune 45 is no joke. It doesn’t look that big until you have been walking up it for twenty minutes with the summit still far in the distance. It’s basically the world’s largest stair master because every time you step up your foot slides back down halfway. The faster you try and go the more you slip back and go almost nowhere.

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It took a few minutes but we got the hang of it, sort of, but we were still racing to get to the peak before the sun came over the horizon. The morning left more than our memory cards full, our shoes, pockets, and anything that could, was full of red sand.

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Now that you know what to expect on an African safari you have no reason not to go. If you are looking at taking a safari on your own, we cannot recommend Acacia Africa enough. You can book with them on Tour Radar, check price.


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12 thoughts on “Sunrise Over The Sand Dunes of Namibia”

  1. Seeing the sunrise on Dune 45 is really nice. Actually visiting Dune 45 is nice throughout the day as long as it does not get too hot 🙂
    Great photos, beautiful colours and nice to read that you loved your tour through Africa.

    • We loved Africa, we are headed back in May actually. Not sure if we will make it back to Namibia though. I’d love to check out dube 45 during the day next time.

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