The cool air and golden light of dawn envelopes the landscape as we drive to Sesriem, gateway to Sossusvlei and those famous majestic orange sand dunes. The hour’s road trip was a precursor to the adventure which lay ahead. Deep sandy valleys opened up and the sight of colourful hot-air balloons floating through the soft pastels of the early morning added to the hue. Animals rouse and our first sightings are of these elegant desert antelope, the gemsbok (Oryx gazella). A family group pad down a dune while one lone animal waits ahead for the last to catch up and we witness their gentle greeting. A touching of noses, deep eye contact – they slip into step and side by side they carry on. To capture this fleeting moment adds to the memorable events of the day.
For more information on the oryx, a superbly desert adapted antelope species, i’ve added a link here.