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Following on from my last upload here you can see a before and after post of the demise of the ‘long-drop’ at Mile 14. For those of you who live in the civilized world with flush loos a ‘long drop’ is an Australian term for a toilet consisting of a deep hole in the ground with a toilet seat above it. Often used in camping sites where there is no plumbing. Mile 14 was a favourite camping site before the sea began to consume the facilities and during the December holidays the place would be wall-to-wall tent city with some people camping for 4 weeks.

The Dorob National Park is an angler’s dream location. The rugged coastline is a prime location for rock and surf angling. The Benguela Current washes up against the Namibian shore making is one of the most nutrient rich and prolific fishing areas. The 200 km stretch from the Swakop to the Ugab River is one of the most accessible parts of a largely desolate coastline. The fishing hot spots are often named by their distance to Swakopmund such as Mile 14 Mile 72 and Mile 108. This shot was taken at Mile 14. We have been here many times and over the years the facilities have fallen into the sea because of coastal erosion. First the built in BBQ’s disappeared and now the ‘long-drop’ toilets are collapsing into the sea. In this shot you can see a toilet perched precariously above the beach. By the time we left it had collapsed!

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