This country in southern Africa is one of the most sparsely populated countries on the planet. Dominated by arid desert landscapes, Namibia is home to the oldest desert in the world and a range of incredible wild animals.
Namibia. This vast country situated on the south west coast of Africa is like nowhere else on earth. This incredible country is three times the size of the UK but has a population of only 2.5 million people, making it one of the most sparsely populated countries on the planet. As a result, it’s a… Read More
Friday, 23 February 2018
After booking my flights to Namibia (a horrible, stressful experience which you can read about here), it’s now time to consider what car to rent for my 2-week road-trip round this fantastic African country. If you are road-tripping around any country, your vehicle is arguably more important than your accommodation as it will be taking… Read More
Sunday, 24 September 2017
A couple of years ago I took the plunge and booked my first volunteer trip in Africa. Not only was I going to be volunteering in a completely alien country to me but I was going to be doing it solo. I booked to volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary through a third-party website who didn’t… Read More
Sunday, 8 April 2018
A 2-Week Namibia Road-Trip
I planned a 14-day self-drive road-trip around Namibia in a 4×4 with a roof-top tent. The journey took me from Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek all the way to Etosha National Park in the far north before travelling southwards along Namibia’s coastline, passing through Damaraland, The Skeleton Coast and the Namib Desert.
I have written in-depth blog posts about my experience self-driving round Namibia. You can view a full list of blog posts about this trip here.
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 in sight… 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, I honestly expected to sleep like a baby… 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 sun scorching… 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 go to plan. Let’s have a quick recap in case you are new to… Read More
Friday, 1 December 2017
Volunteering at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary
I volunteered at a wildlife sanctuary located on the outskirts of Windhoek for a couple of weeks. The sanctuary stands on the frontier of conservation in Namibia with countless projects aimed at looking after Namibia’s wildlife.
I have written blog posts on my experience volunteering at the sanctuary. You can view a full list of blog posts about this trip here.
After 3 plane journeys and over a day’s worth of travelling, I finally arrived in Namibia. Since visiting Africa last year, in 2012, I had been determined to go back. In fact, as soon as I got back from Zambia last year, I almost immediately booked my trip to Namibia. Namibia was my first solo… Read More
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
I awoke to my third day in Namibia, again at 6.30. It’s not so bad getting up early when you know the day ahead of you is going to be an adventure. I got up and headed down to the volunteer base area where I have my morning cup of tea and some breakfast. I… Read More
Thursday, 1 August 2013
On the evening after my caracal walk, I got to meet another caracal. A tiny caracal cub had been rescued. I assume the mother had been killed and the poor defenceless cub was left an orphan. The cub was so young, it hadn’t even opened its eyes. A few of us volunteers were fortunate enough… Read More
It was Friday, the last working day of the week. As I ate breakfast, I was thrilled to discover that I had two very exciting activities lined up for the day. The first of which was patrolling the enclosures of some of the key animals in the reserve: the African Wild Dogs and Lucky, the… Read More
Friday, 2 August 2013
After getting to know the African wild dogs and Lucky the three-legged cheetah that morning, it was time to get to know some of the reserve’s other rescues. This included over 12 cheetahs, another wild dog and a leopard. They were all due their daily feeding and I was going to be taking part in… Read More