On the top of Namib Rand Nature Reserve - Chowagas Mountains
The Chowagas is the highest mountain on NamibRand Nature Reserve. With its roughly 2000 metres it also counts among the highest mountains in Namibia. For comparison, the highest peak in Namibia, the Koenigstein Summit in the Brandberg Massif, is 2573 metres high. Rene Korol, one of the experienced hiking and trekking guides who lead the Tok Tokkie Trail, and his friend Nico Mack climbed this beautiful peak in January.
The wish to climb the interesting peak had been on Rene’s mind for a long time but from the foot of the mountain it was difficult to tell if it was possible to get to the top on a day hike without ropes. On 7 January they tried nevertheless and were rewarded by a breathtaking view of the NamibRand Nature Reserve and the neighbouring Namib Naukluft Park. From the summit they looked down on the Awasib and the Nubib mountain ranges, gravel plains and red sand dunes. And they looked up to a young African black eagle who circled above them curiously as he had probably never seen such strange creatures in his territory before. Rene and Nico actually did not get to the highest point of the Chowagas, as the “eagle throne” - the grey stone to the left - did not look firm enough to carry anybody else but the majestic eagle. The Tok Tokkie Trail does not go as far as the Chowagas Mountains but the Desert Experience Trail passes the plain between the Chowagas Mountains and the Gorrasis. As the Chowagas is very difficult to climb, the Desert Experience Trail turns towards the Gorrasis, which with its ca. 1850 metres also offers a true mountain experience and stunning 360 ° views.