Spitzkopje

Crossing into Namibia, the landscape changed suddenly to the arid climate one would associate with the Namib desert.  Jutting strikingly out of the vast open plains, Spitzkopje, a peak of jagged granite standing 1,700 meters high, dominates the surrounds.  We spent a night bush camping under the star-shrouded peak, and even (unsuccessfully) attempted to summit Spitzkopje.  We made it to an impassable vertical climb, but not before scrambling across gorges and boulders of epic proportions.

The summit of Spitzkopje, 1,700 meters high, in the light of dawn.

Desert trees, perhaps hundreds of years old, are dwarfed by the limited water and nutrients to be had on the slopes of the Spitzkopje rock formation.

Balancing boulders of granite.

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