|The view from Horseshoe Camp on the Fish River Canyon|
Easily one of the most dramatic places I have ever camped, Horseshoe Camp is actually part of a mule trail along the Fish River Canyon in Namibia, but when there are no mule trails running, then ordinary folk can book it directly with Gondwana (even though you won't find it advertised on their website).
When we visited, we were the only people there for two whole days! It really gave new meaning to being 'off the beaten track' and we spent our time admiring the ever-changing light and soaking in the deepest of silences. It's not the kind of place you go unless you're comfortable in your own skin. It might also be a little terrifying with small children due to the precipitous drop into the canyon.
|You turn off onto a farm road to get to the campsite. A 4x4 is required for the last bit.|
All in all, it was a good 80km from the tar, if my memory serves me correctly, and the dirt road on the farm gradually got rockier and steeper as we proceeded and we were glad to be in the sturdy old Toyota Hilux (nickname Rooikat).
|We encountered this train to Luderitz several times on the C12|
|German grave at Holoog|
It was raining as we approached the campsite and there some temporary waterfalls streaming into the canyon, but that soon stopped and the next days were clear. We were all alone with the big sky, the full moon and the silence.
|View from campsite at sunset|
There's a kitchen hut (or mesa) where you can store your food and prepare your meals while looking out into the abyss.
|View from kitchen hut|
|Loo with a view|
|It was difficult to fit the whole horseshoe into one frame|
|Rain-soaked roads on route to the canyon|
|The mesa from a different angle on the lip of the canyon|
|Moonrise to the east with storm clouds receding|
|My kind of heaven|