June 18th, 2012
After a rest and some lunch we headed out into the dunes in earnest. Sosuflei is the name that means oasis and the park is named this because there are oases in the dunes. They aren’t always full of water but there are underground rivers the keep these places green. The main oasis actually had water in it for the first time in almost 100 years so new plants were pushing through cracked mud and frogs were coming out of hibernation and leaping out of the sand and hopping to the water.
Our least stop was a hike to Dead Vlei where moving sand dunes have cut off the water supply and strangled the life out of what used to be an oasis. The floor of the vlei is hard salt and all that is left are the centuries old skeletons of trees with a backdrop of red sand dunes. The overall effect is that of a witch’s forest. The photo opportunities were only limited by our time schedule. We had a set time to be out of the park so we hiked back to the vehicle and photographed our way out of the park. We were lucky to see about 50 Oryx on a ridge in beautiful late afternoon light. Boy, do we have a lot of pictures to edit tonight!
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