After spending a year in my home country, it was time to start exploring again. Whenever I want to go abroad, Africa seems to always call to me. This time it was Namibia tugging on my heart. I've been to Namibia before but when I last visited, I spent the duration of my trip working on a sanctuary and didn't really get to see much of the country. Even without exploring the country, my Namibia trip was one of the best experiences of my life.
This time I was setting myself my most ambitious adventure yet: a 2 week road-trip round Namibia to aim to see as much of the country as possible. In my planned route, I was going to hit the sanctuary again before entering unchartered territory with Etosha National Park, the renowned (and albeit slightly eerie) Skeleton Coast and the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei.
So follow me on my journey round Namibia as I delve into a truly life-changing adventure.
Namibia RoadTrip Blog Posts
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I sat with my face pressed against the glass of the aeroplane, my camera in hand. I could feel my heart pounding with excitement as my eyes soaked in the vast landscape below. The world underneath us was a very different world from that which I had come from. There wasn't a settlement... Read more.
MONDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2017
I wasn't going to write this blog post. I felt it was just a little too personal to share. However, the words just seemed to tumble out and I like being completely honest with my readers. After over 24 hours of travel in order to reach Namibia... Read more.
TUESDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 2017
I was there. I was in Namibia. After a very taxing day of travel, I unfortunately had a fitful night's sleep. I'm not sure how many hours I slept that night but I know I was up for around 2 or 3 in the middle of the night. I woke up to the... Read more.
WEDNESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2017
On our first full day in Namibia we drove our rental car to the mechanic and handed back the keys to the rental company. How did this all come to be? Well, let's rewind a couple of hours to our joyous visit to N/a'an ku sê wildlife sanctuary. We were ecstatic after experiencing an incredibly... Read more.
FRIDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2017
My first few days in Namibia certainly yielded a rollercoaster of emotions for me. Whilst everything from the landscape to the animals to the food and the people were fantastic, it' safe to say that a couple of things simply didn't... Read more.
FRIDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2017
The sun rose over our campsite in Onguma for a second and final time. Today was the day that we were leaving Onguma, situated just outside the eastern border to Etosha. Fortunately, we had managed to shift our plans and instead of staying all the way in Damaraland that night, we were... Read more.
THURSDAY, 7 DECEMBER 2017
I was still buzzing after coming face to face with a wild lioness in Etosha National Park. I honestly didn't know how my road-trip would get any better. Seeing a wild lion has been on my bucket-list since I was a small child. Oh, and it was everything as fantastic as I thought... Read more.
WEDNESDAY, 13 DECEMBER 2017
Dawn light filtered through our tent. I emerged from my sleeping bag, a crumpled heap squashed up to one side of the tent. What a night. I'm not sure what was more scary: the lions roaring outside or that god-damn mosquito... Read more.
TUESDAY, 19 DECEMBER 2017
was in the Skeleton Coast, my excitement almost bubbling over. For so long I had wanted to visit this treacherous stretch of coastline where numerous ships had fallen to their sandy graves, becoming prisoner to the heartless ... Read more.
THURSDAY, 4 JANUARY 2018
After not seeing any shipwrecks at the Skeleton coast, I was determined to hit the rest of our road-trip at full speed and really embrace every moment of it. I knew the next part of the trip would take us somewhere really exciting - OK, I know I've... Read more.
SATURDAY, 13 JANUARY 2018
opened the door to the car, the midday sun scorching down on my back. I wiped the sweat from my brow as I clambered into the car, burning my legs on the hot, black leather seats. I fumbled around for the key, clicked it into the ignition and turned it... Read more.
MONDAY, 15 JANUARY 2018
And so the saga with the bees continued. I opened my sleepy eyes, safe within my roof-top tent. Outside I could hear insistent buzzing as bee after bee flew past our tent, some bashing into it. The Rostock Ritz campsite may be beautiful but damn, they have an awful bee problem... Read more.
MONDAY, 22 JANUARY 2018
Morning in the Namib desert. We made a speedy exit from the Gondwana Desert Camp in order to be at our next destination early. Today was a very exciting day. We were heading to the Sesriem campsite... Read more.
WEDNESDAY, 24 JANUARY 2018
I knew this day had been coming for some time. But knowing what's going to happen doesn't make it any easier. I stood beside my 4x4, the wind gently blowing the desert sand in my face. In the distance, red sand dunes... Read more.
FRIDAY, 26 JANUARY 2018
I woke up to a cool breeze wafting through my tent. Brr. I clasped my sleeping bag harder, wondering if I'd woken up in Antarctica or something. It was certainly different from any other morning I'd experienced in Namibia... Read more.
THURSDAY, 1 FEBRUARY 2018
After an incredibly stressful morning, we finally arrived at the gates to our campsite. I was thrilled to discover the campsite was far enough away from the local town to be safe from anyone wandering around and that it was enclosed behind a large fence, a guard beside the entrance... Read more.
WEDNESDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2018
The moment had arrived. It was time to embark on the last leg of our journey which involved a mere 1 hour drive from the Lake Onab campsite located just outside the town of 'Rehoboth', up through the capital city of Windhoek... Read more.
THURSDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2018
Planning for My Namibia RoadTrip
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