Dead Vlei, Namibia

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Photo by Todd Monge

Brian at Dead Vlei, Namib-Naukluft, Namibia — November 28, 1998


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This acacia tree died over 900 years ago, Dead Vlei, Namibia — November 28, 1998


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Erie sunset at Dead Vlei, Namibia — November 28, 1998


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Photo by Todd Monge

Walking to Dead Vlei, Namibia — November 28, 1998


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View of the Dead Vlei pan, Namibia — November 28, 1998

That’s Big Daddy in the background, one of the largest sand dunes on earth.

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Desolation and Dead Vlei, Namibia — November 28, 1998


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View of the Dead Vlei pan, Namibia — November 28, 1998


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Brian climbing, Dead Vlei, Namibia — November 28, 1998


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Sunset near Dead Vlei, Namibia — November 28, 1998


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Epic sunset near Dead Vlei, Namibia — November 28, 1998

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Countries visited - Africa 1998 - 1999

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Our scehdule

I am not sure how it all got started. It wasn’t a magical spark of lightning that began the cataclysm, nor was it the supreme words of a higher being sending us on our way. Somehow, though, the powers of the universe contrived enabling our journey through the Heart of Africa.

It began quite innocently as an alleged trip to Bulgaria and Romania. This idea was eventually vetoed and placed “on hold” for future girlfriends. Zap—a long awaited spark was kindled—The Middle East: Yemen, in particular. And the visas were applied for, the air tickets purchased; and on a fine March 4th day we were on our way aboard a gleaming Air France 747 en route to Cairo, Egypt, via a five day layover in France.

We never did make it to Yemen, nor the Middle East for that matter; we headed South, instead, into the Heart of Africa, and what follows is the story of events as they unfold.

Egypt Ethiopia Eritrea Botswana Tanzania Madagascar Namibia Zambia Kenya Zimbabwe South Africa Uganda Malawi Mozambique