Falling in love with the Vingerklips

24. June 2018

Our adventure in South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland had ended and we took off with a tiny plane from Cape town to Windhoek in Namibia. A new African country was waiting for us and we couldn’t wait to explore it. Unfortunately, we couldn’t start immediately because the camper they wanted to give us was so old and full of half-functioning parts that we refused to accept it. And even tough they said it was the only camper available, we received a pretty new camper after 3h of waiting and discussing. It looked so similar to the one we had for our trip in Kruger NP they could have been twins.

After two refreshing nights in Swakopmund we took off in the direction of Twyfelfontein. We didn’t drive there directly but took a detour to the burnt mountain and a pretty impressive rock formation called organ pipes. But our first highlight that day was definitely the rock engravings. Those engravings had been made by the bushmen thousands of years ago and showed animals and waterholes. We had a fantastic guide who explained to us that they were used to educate the children and to express their sense of art. This ancient engravings are a World Heritage Sight since 2007.

Our second highlight was the Eagles Nest and followed right after. We drove to the Vingerklip Lodge where Daniela’s sister had stayed two years ago and we were immediately taken by this place. We stayed in a cozy little hut with a view directly into nature and surrounded by those impressive finger rocks. Everything in this camp was designed and taken care off with such a dedication for details and even though it is of an exceptional level of comfort it felt so close to nature. Right next to our little hut the hike through the massive finger rocks started and we explored the surrounding by walking through the valley and hiking up the most famous finger rock to enjoy the epic view.

There were little hamster like animals sitting on the rocks right in front of our bungalow and the pool was used by hundreds of birds to drink and clean their feathers. And there was the eagles nest, a restaurant belonging to the lodge on the top of one of those characteristic finger rocks. It is only big enough for a handful of guests and therefore you can normally only eat there once during your stay. But thanks to low season we were able to enjoy this exceptional BBQ dinner on both of our evenings. We tried Oryx Antelope, Zebra, Springbok and even a Pumba. But this place had only been half as good if the two grill masters wouldn’t have been the funniest guys you can imagine. When listening to their jokes we sometimes almost forgot to eat.

After two nights it was time to leave the best lodge we had stayed so far in Africa to continue to the Etosha NP.

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