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In the middle of nowhere in Namibia, somewhere between Sossusvlei and Walvis Bay, lies the one petrol-station town of Solitaire.


In fact calling Solitaire a town is a little bit extreme, but this surreal mirage is home to the only petrol station, bakery, general shop and post office for miles around. Originally a sheep farm, this rare diamond in the red desert was used by farmers from miles around to refuel and deliver the weekly post while a small chapel was also built there.

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Now a popular oasis on a road to nowhere, Solitaire has vintage vehicles emerging from blooming cacti and legendary sweet apple pie from a bakery run by a fourth generation Scottsman. A humble outcrop on an otherwise barren landscape, a visit here leaves you pondering if strange Solitaire even really exists at all or if your time there was just hallucination caused by the scorching Namibian sun.

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Africa Geographic Travel
Janine Avery

I am the first to confess that I have been bitten by the travel bug… badly. I am a lover of all things travel from basic tenting with creepy crawlies to lazing in luxury lodges; I will give it all a go. I am passionate about wildlife and conservation and come from a long line of biologists, researchers and botanists.