While you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, it’s okay to judge a place by its name. Deadvlei, meaning “dead marsh” is a clay plan on the western edge of Namibia. The only signs of vegetation are the haunting skeletons of camel thorn trees that died nearly 1,000 years ago. Because of the extremely dry and hot climate, the trees have been unable to decay. Since it’s located in Namib-Naukluft National Park, no one can live in Deadvlei, but they probably wouldn’t want to anyway. For most of the year, the closest thing you get to seeing water is the sea of sand.
Not many parts of Africa interest me any more. I would go back to Cape Town to see my buddy, Barry the V. Flying over many parts of Africa from Addis Ababa down to Cape Town, we passed over thousands of miles of desolate, uninhabited land. Many areas did not even have animals of any kind.