We left Windhoek and drove through the wide savannah landscape to Namibia’s highest mountain: the Brandberg.
With a maximum altitude of 2573 m, the Brandberg Massif dominates the surrounding countryside. Nevertheless, we didn’t drive here for a tiresome ascent, but wanted to see ancient rock paintings. The San people lived in the mountain’s neighbourhood for several thousand years and left their traces in a large number of paintings. The most famous piece is the so-called “White Lady” dating back at least 2000 years. In order to protect the paintings, they can be visited only on a guided hike. We were also lucky enough to spot some wildlife, including a couple of Double-banded Sandgrouses breeding next to the trail.
After our early morning walk to the beautiful rock paintings, we left the Brandberg behind and drove north into the barren Namib Desert.