Tommy's living desert tour or how to encounter the small animals living in the sand dunes in Swakopmund! This was truly a unique experience, another kind of safari where you discover chameleons, lezards and snakes. Quite a change from the giraffes and elephants!
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As my last day in Namibia arrived, I reached the coastal town of Swakopmund. It offers many activities and it was hard to reduce my selection. At the end I went with a 2 hour flight over Namibia and this other kind of safari in the desert nearby.
The search for animals in the sand
The safari with giraffes, elephants, lions and all are thrilling but watching Tommy’s barefoot in this sand dunes and desert findings us very small animal was a delight.
This is the search area scenery and Tommy searching barefoot. You just wonder on Earth he can find those tiny spots in the sand… well 20 years of experience can help.
From the distance, what they pointed to us looked like a big rock and I still did not believe it was an animal until I was standing 2 meters away. Meet the Chameleon:
My favorite was the snake we found. It moves very fast and is almost the color of the sand. Sometimes it leaves small traces, so Tommy was following them for a long time and for almost a kilometer I think until we spotted it. It moves quite fast so once Tommy places it back on the sand we saw it moving sideways and disappear in the sand.
We found several geckos and were able to look at them up-close. Some has fun getting some new hearings as they bit wuite hard. When we left it in the sand, we discovered how he makes its way through the sand. Fascinating to watch.
Video of the geckos getting in the sand:
And more fauna and flora...
There were more animals and plants to discover, but not aas fascinating
The bonus pleasure of 4Wdriving in the sand dunes
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Crazy what you can find under your feet when you look!