Tuesday, August 30, 2016

COS trippn' 3rd stop: Swakopmund, Namibia - Living Desert Tour

We took a guided tour of the sand dunes outside Swakopmund to learn more about the desert life.

At first glance, it looks barren of all life. But still quite pretty.

These were the bones of horses that were shot and killed out here over a century ago. Some died of a mysterious disease and the rest were killed to prevent the disease spreading. Kind of an ominous start to the tour...

What did we get ourselves into...?

However, our knowledgeable guides were able to show us there was life in the desert after all.

My favorite was the chameleon we saw. Notice the dark color.

Now see the same chameleon change color as it moves. Our guide said they get lighter the happier they are. The reason this one was happy was because our guide was feeding it worms.

Now he's super happy! (Yes, he's a he, our guide told us)

We also saw birds, insects and more reptiles.

Most species get their moisture from their prey. But these plants are a good source of water too.

Some more life in the desert-- we were told they were filming a Mummy movie in the sand dunes this week with Tom Cruise. So when it comes out, look for us in the background. Just kidding!

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