After leaving the arid and rocky south around the Fish River Canyon, we started heading north towards the red dune area of Sossusvlei. On our way we stopped off in the Tirasberg. We turned north from the Keetmanshoop – Lüderitz road, and on to the Tiras Plain, located between the Rooirand (Escarpment) and the south eastern foothills of the Tiras Mountains. This area came as a complete surprise to us. The Tiras Mountains are the intersection of several different landscapes. In the southeast, where we were, is short shrub savannah. The last thing we were expecting to see was grasslands!
Since 1998 there has been a 125,000 ha (125 km²) large private nature reserve in this area. The Tirasberg Conservancy is an area set aside by four neighbouring farms – Gunsbewys, Tiras, Landsberg and Koiimasis. This is one of the Wildlife Conservancies I mentioned in my Impressions Of Namibia post. We were staying on Farm Tiras – a working farm specializing in livestock breeding.
The Farm Tiras homestead. It was late afternoon and the grasslands were glowing in the soft light. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
The “hunter’s cabin” where we were staying is situated up against this hill. ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
The camp had on the left a bathroom block, open-air cooking facilities in the middle and a one-room cabin/bedroom on the right. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
The sleeping cabin. ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Looking towards the open-air kitchen and bathroom block. ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
The accommodation on Farm Tiras was the most basic we encountered during our visit to Namibia. But the views from the camp were extraordinary and made up for our bitter cold night there.
Sunset view of the Tiras Plain and Tiras Mountains ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Morning view of the Tiras Plain and the Tiras Mountains. ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
In the morning we went into the wilderness areas of the farm, and took lots of photos of amazing rock formations and beautiful landscapes.
There is a huge social weaverbird nest in the tree. ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Hardy plants growing in-between a pile of rocks. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
A huge egg-like boulder. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Passing through one of the cattle camps. ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
This post is part of a series I will be publishing about our travels through Namibia. It is also part of my daily posts for October 2016 – otherwise known as The October Dash