Saturday, 4 April 2015
D is for Dunes
The view from the top of a dune at Sossusvlei (in Namibia) towards the Naukluft Mountains in the direction of Sesriem, so it says on the back of the card.
Sossusvlei is well known for its red dunes which are among the highest in the world. They surround a salt and clay depression which sometimes fills up with rainwater in a particularly wet season. Vlei, in fact, means lake or marsh in Afrikaans. You can also find Hiddenvlei and Deadvlei.
Interesting, those last two names, the way that they combine Afrikaans and English. Sossusvlei is similarly of mixed origin in that "sossus" means "dead end" or "no return" in the Nama language. That too conjures up a few thoughts.