We make our way to the ‘ghost towns’ of the desolated, previous prohibited ‘Diamond Area no 2’. From the top of the dunes one will experience a ‘bird’s eye view over Conception Bay as we get closer to the mining towns. By now you are addicted to dune driving, and are craving more of this adrenalin rush!! The ever-changing scenery is once again awesome!
Namib ghost towns of diamond area no 2.
It is in this area between Conception Bay and Meob Bay the mining settlements were established and no form of engine-driven transport was available during the first 15 years of exploration. Transporting of supplies and mine equipment was effected mainly from Swakopmund by ship and the cutter Viking via Sandwich Harbour, Conception Bay and Meob Bay. Various shipping casualties occurred, such as when the Eduard Bohlen intended to off-load mining equipment and was consequently lost at Conception Bay (1909). During 1912/1913 a light railway from Conception Bay to Conception Water and an 80-kilometer pipeline linking the settlements were constructed. It is not totally clear as to how many pre-fabricated buildings were erected at the various settlements, as only the foundations of some of these are today still visible.
“Langewand” and Sandwich Harbour
The dune belt opens up between Meob Bay and Conception Bay, but immediately after Conception the dune belt stretches right onto the beach. From Conception Bay you will be driving on the beach with magnificent scenery. You will experience freedom – BIG TIME!! We are heading northwards towards Sandwich Bay. En route the wrecks of the Eduard Bohlen & Shawnee are visited. Passing ‘Langewand’ where massive dunes end in the sea, given a very limited time span to negotiate this stretch of beach. After Langewand the trail once again leads into the dunes, circumnavigating the Salt Pans ‘extensions’ of Sandwich Harbour. The dunes are still getting progressively larger to offer an ever-changing new experience of ultimate dune driving. The night is spent approximately 1.5km from the sea close to Sandwich Bay. (Overnight ‘Sandwich camp’).