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The first time I saw Solitaire, some 30 years ago; it was nothing more than a small dusty settlement with a petrol pump and a small general dealer’s shop. Few visitors made the trip to Sossusvlei and at that time the area was off the beaten track. Today Solitaire is ‘bustling’. It currently features the only petrol station, post office, and general dealer between the dunes at Sossusvlei, and the coast at Walvis Bay. Virtually all tour groups and visitors stop here for fuel and a slice of 'Moose McGregor’s’ world famous apple strudel.
Old cars, tractors and motorbikes have been used to ‘decorate’ the landscape and I suspect that almost every visitor to these parts takes a photograph of them.

The area was named Solitaire by the wife of the original homesteader, Willem Christoffel van Coller, who purchased the farm in 1948. The name was chosen because solitaire can mean a single set diamond and solitude or loneliness. Combined, these two meanings create the definition of being unique, or a one-of-a-kind and a precious, but solitary place.

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