The desert landscape has always fascinated us and we have often chosen our destinations based on this unexplained longing for the endless desert landscape. How can I explain the beauty of a landscape where nothing happens? But lack of variety is only apparent. A desert landscape has its small surprises, but you have to look for it. It may be the small flowers, color variations in the sand or the evening light playing with shapes and shadows.
Many travels start because you have watched a TV show or read an article about a place or phenomenon that you find exciting. I had watched a television program about the Kalahari Desert in full bloom. It was overwhelming and the Kalahari Desert was immediately placed on the wish list.
The Kalahari Desert covers vast parts of Namibia, Botswana and South Africa and is a semi-desert. The desert gets seasonal rain. Kalahari Desert is located on a plateau, around 800 to 1100 m above sea level. We were staying 3 weeks in Namibia and had rented a car to drive across the country on our own. Driving south from the capital Windhoek you will meet the Kalahari Desert. I really hoped it was the season for full bloom in Kalahari. But first it had to rain.
On the second day it pored down cats and dogs. It’s raining, more violent than you can ever imagine. Lightning danced on the sky and the Kalahari Desert was bathing in golden light. The sky lived its own life and between the sand dunes the hidden life of the desert came alive.
We experienced oryx antelopes, ostrich and many other antelope species I do not know the name of. Birdlife is rich and the sand hides insects you do not see elsewhere. We did not stay long enough to see the full bloom, but experiencing a rainstorm in the Kalahari Desert was amazing and something I will never forget.
Read more about our experiences in Namibia here: Destinations – Africa – Namibia