Namibia is one of the safest countries in Africa and the roads, although largely gravel, are all in good condition. Syarifah McDonough booked with Exodus Travel. She was met with a 4x4 for the road trip, given an extensive and much-needed tutorial on it and an exciting itinerary for 9 days, moving from one camping site to another. Here is the photo diary of her trip:
Our home for the trip was equipped with a mini fridge, compartments full of blankets, towels, cutlery, plates and other barbecue necessities. On top were two folded double tents with a folding ladder to access from below:
Windhoek to the Sossusvlei Desert
We were truly blown away by the towering sand dunes, some of them the highest in the world. Our intrepid 9 and 7 year olds tried hiking them barefoot early in the morning:
Pit stop at Solitaire Dubbed the smallest town in the world with only a petrol station, a tiny lodge and a bakery with the best apple strudel in Africa:
Skeleton Coast A hugely empty space filled with shipwrecks and whale skeletons. This giant abandoned oil rig was basically a giant playground to the kids. An eerie, bleak, barren but stunningly beautiful desert. An otherworldly place:
Etosha National Park We drove from water hole to water hole, witnessing the wild animals in their natural habitat. We saw lions, elephants, giraffes, zebra, jackals, antelope of all descriptions and wildebeest:
Okonjima,An enormous nature reserve of rolling hills and grassy plains inhabited by Namibia’s big cats, cheetahs and leopards:
Palmwag Lodge An oasis on the Uniab River, where desert elephants often roam freely around the camp. It is also home to the endangered black rhinos. The most memorable part of our stay at Palmwag was meeting some of the Himba Tribe, a semi-nomadic tribe found mostly in northern Namibia:
Cape Cross Seal Colony We felt like we had landed on an episode of “Planet Earth”!
Syarifah McDonough travelled with Exodus Travel.