I’ve written the opening paragraph to this article three separate times now. I had these grand ideas for a colourful post laden with descriptive text and words that danced off the pages. However, each time I sat back and looked at the article I realized it just wasn’t good enough.
You see, the bright red dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia and the surrounding area have been atop my bucket list since the very first time I saw a photo of them. Thus, an article documenting them had been something of importance to me. However, no matter how colourful my words, they could never be as brilliant as those that twirl from the sands of Sossusvlei. No matter how descriptive my words were, they were never as beautiful as the sight of a solitary dead tree entrenched in a contrast of light. And no matter how much my words stirred, they didn’t even come close to the inspiration of the sight of a lone Oryx wandering along in a mirage of red earth.
Some things, you might say, are only meant to be seen with the eyes. Some wonders can leave a man muttering even in the best of times. There are places on this planet that almost seem too unreal to believe. Even while wandering through the dunes painted in a ochre of red light, it seems to be a painted world, too good to be true. Even now, weeks after my visit, I have to pinch myself and say “yeah, I was there.”
When you cross the number one item off of your bucket list, as I did in Sossusvlei, it’s easy to feel let down. It’s easy to feel as if you had over-hyped a location. However, in no way shape or form did Sossusvlei let me down. I’d go back tomorrow if I could, and I’d encourage you to do the same. So what’s next on my bucket list? How about skydiving in Swakopmund? Stay tuned.
All of these photos were taken on a 3 day tour to Sossusvlei with Chameleon Safaris.