March 6, 2012 12:54 PM

There are many reasons to visit Namibia. While the economic possibilities are intriguing, I really went for the scenery. I had read about the dunes and even seen some pictures, but until you’re actually climbing on them, you cannot really understand just how amazing they are.

I recently read that in 2010, 984,000 people visited Namibia. That compares to 16.9 million people going to Disney World and 37.3 million people going to Las Vegas. These people must be insane. I'd much rather go to Namibia. Then again, if thousands of tourists were crawling over the place, I’m not sure it would be half as enjoyable. I kind of liked being one of the only ones there….

Windhoek is the capital of Namibia, but the action is the the south west in Sossusvlei and along the way.

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Of course, half of the adventure is just getting there. The roads are relatively good, until it rains of course... This won't be the first rental car that we've almost destroyed in my travel career.

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Sometimes the road simply disappeared and we needed higher ground to re-find it....

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Naturally, there was a bit of wildlife...

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..and fortunately, the food along the way is pretty decent. I don't know why I never thought to barbeque dough and then stick a German sausage into it. This lady has it all figured out...

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Finally, about ten hours later, we arrived in Sossusvlei (population about 5), gateway to the dune and mountain regions.

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Dunes in the distance... We've made it!!!

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Can't have a dune and not climb it, right?

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Did I mention that it's hot out?

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My camerawoman finally makes it over the ridge...

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And the views....

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