We checked out of the hotel at 6am and headed to Kolmanskuppe . It was a very foggy morning and it lingered till long after sunrise. After a full morning of photographing the ghost town, we had lunch in the restaurant then hit the road to Helmeringhausen. Helmeringhausen is our mid-point stop enroute to Namib Naukluft Park. Like an outpost, Helmeringhausen is in the middle of nowhere, located 4 hours from anything else. We stayed at the comfortable Hotel Helmeringhausen and enjoyed a tasty Oryx steak for dinner, followed by a campfire.
Namibia has two types of roads – two-lane tarred roads (main) and gravel roads (secondary). There are no four-lane highways and even the tarred roads have no shoulders. For the next few days all our travel will be on gravel roads. There is fencing along all the roads to keep the wildlife off.
You get to view interesting landscape driving through the country on these roads. There are numerous dried up rivers and creeks that crisscross the roads with no bridges where the road crosses the waterway. Every once in a while there actually is water, which thank goodness, was always just a small trickle so the bus didn’t get stuck!