7 July 2008, Namibia, Namib Desert
Today a dream came true. I went in a hot air balloon. What a way to start the day. It was absolutely spectacular and worth every single rand of the ZAR 3500 that we spend. We were picked up at 6h15. It was freezing outside so we wore every single piece of clothing that we could find, including beanies, scarves and gloves. We needed it. The set up of the balloons was spectacular already end we couldn’t stop taking pictures. Paul, our balloon pilot, had a tough job getting everything ready. We were in total 12 passengers. To fly in complete silence above such an impressive landscape as the Namib Desert was absolute magic. I can recommend it to anybody. Paul, being in radio contact with the ground, prepared for landing after about an hour. We saw bakkies (= SUV in Afrikaans) drawing nearer as we slowly went down. Breakfast! And WHAT a breakfast. We were welcomed with a champagne sabrage and moved on to smoked zebra, ostrich terrine, smoked butterfish, fresh fruit, salmon, eggs, croissants and so on. It was a feast in the middle of nowhere. An absolute Out-of-Africa feeling and we were waiting for Robert Redford to enter the scene. To keep a long story short: We spend a memorable morning in a magical setting.
While in this area I also wanted to visit other lodges. High on my list was Little Kulala. It was only about 20 km from Le Mirage so Jan, the General Manager of Le Mirage, phoned the lodge and we were on our way. We stopped for some beautiful springbok and saw the lodge in a beautiful location. We were welcomed with a lovely fruit cocktail and shown around by Johan. This place exceeds any expectation. WAUW!! Look at the beautiful shots I took. You simply just want to move in and make yourselves comfortable in one of the big white couches or cushions. All the rooms look out to the beautiful red sand dunes. Roof beds are prepared for world class stargazing. This place is hugely popular with newly weds and most guests fly in. Another place to stay in this Wilderness area is the Kulala Desert Lodge. This is more your classic safari lodge with luxurious canvas safari tents and en-suite bathrooms.