On our second visit to Luderitz last weekend we toured Dias Point. A twenty minute ride from the town, Dias Point and the surroundings could serve as the perfect location for filming an eerie scifi film. The moonscape desolation is fun to see. It allows the imagination to run wild.
From the Buchter News: “The bridge at Dias Point collapsed following the gale force winds on Saturday 15th November . This was not wholly surprising – the bridge had been closed for a few weeks due to its poor condition. No one was hurt; however the collapse is disruptive to tourists and visitors, for whom the bridge is necessary to safely get to the Dias Cross. [Steve and Barbara had no trouble climbing up to Diaz Cross!]
“Talks about the safety of the bridge had been ongoing for the four months prior to the incident, with involvement from the Ministers of Youth, Sport & Culture, Works Transport & Communications, Trade & Industry, Environment & Tourism, The National Heritage Council (NHC) and local and regional Councils. Luckily the bridge had been closed in a decision taken by the National Heritage Council before it actually collapsed. As one of Luderitz’s main tourist attractions, these talks were kept out of the press until the bridge was deemed too dangerous to remain open.
At the top of Dias Cross we could see and hear the seals on a tiny neighboring island. Regarding the cross and its history see… http://www.namibian.org/travel/padrao/dias-cross.html
“Lunar Landscape” on our way to Dias Point, Luderitz, Namibia
I’m pretty sure these are Brown Hyena tracks. Maybe they prey on the numerous Springbok we saw here. (my knife is 3 5/8″ long, so this is a 4″ front paw plus a smaller hind paw print)