Emerging suddenly out of a uniform scrubland is a 600ft (200m) gigantic orange rock with sheer sides and a flat top. It is what remains of the sandstone casing which once covered large portions of Namibia, and which has formed numerous other peculiar peaks in this region. Glowing gold in late afternoon sun, the Waterberg Plateau looks too tempting to drive past.
This park contains the 'gorillas in the mist' that Dian Fossey lost her life for while trying to protect. Only about 355 mountain gorillas remain alive on the damp forested slopes of these volcanic mountains (not all of which are dormant), and eco-tourism is one way to assist in their survival. The slippery slopes of the Virunga Mountains lie in the north east of Rwanda.
The Cederberg is a massive rock wilderness whose giant sandstone boulders have been sculpted by wind and rain into bizarre and artistic shapes. In places the earth is a rusty red and the rocks are every shade of orange, cream, yellow and brown. The towering bastions of rocks piled precariously one upon the other are the perfect setting for a wild west movie and you almost expect Red Indians to be silhouetted along the ridge.