Those who follow this blog may already know that we are used to plan our travels using satellite images. We don’t use travel agencies and reduce to the minimum the expenses behind the planning of a trip. In this post we speak for the first time about our next travel destination: Namibia!
How did we decide to go to Namibia?
Last year we crossed the Iberian Peninsula from Barcelona to Portugal and did a road trip through a fantastic country, visiting Alentejo, Lisbon, Porto… and Sintra. I say this because it was in Sintra, maybe one of the most beautiful places in Europe, where we realized that the beauty cannot be properly explored among thousands of people. Some places which can be fascinating when isolated may loose their magic when thousands of people are looking at it.
When we came back home and being in that period between the last trip and the need to plan a new one, we saw a documentary in TV about a Catalan family, also the two kids, doing a round trip around the World. One of the places they went to was Namibia and there they did free camping in some of the dreamiest landscapes in the planet. They also planned a strategy to find the desert elephant which can only be seen in some places in that country.
Then we started to look for information and we realized it is a safe country, well prepared for foreigners and that it is the second less dense country in the world, only after Mongolia. Only 2 million people live in Namibia, which has 1.5 the size of France. After reading about Namibia we knew that this destination will boom in the following years, since it has been considered by Lonely Planet as the second best destination in the world based on price-quality for 2017 and thus there was no excuse not to go there this summer!
How are we going to visit Namibia?
We have rented a 4×4 car with a camping tent in the roof with Camping Car Hire and we have planned a round route through the country.
We will start our travel towards the south. The first stop will be in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. Here we will meet the Bushmen and we’ll see our first orange sunrise in Africa! We discovered our campsite in Kalahari by using this kind of images from Google Earth:
We always say: “If something is beautiful from the sky it has to be beautiful on land”. Using this quote we have searched for some incredible features that will make our travel unforgettable.
From Kalahari Desert we will travel towards the dry south to visit the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in United States. The Fish River Canyon is a natural wonder that deserves a sunrise and a sunset and we have decided to spend a night at its border.
From here to the West we will go to see the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop. It is an abandoned town that has been conquered by the sand of the Namib Desert, the oldest one in the world. Kolmanskop was once a place full of life and money due to the wealthy industry of diamonds. It is close to Lüderitz, a colorful colonial town with reminiscences of German architecture.
From Lüderitz, which is in the coast, bathed with the cold Benguela current that comes directly from the Antarctica, we will travel inland again towards the most surrealistic landscape of Namibia: Sossusvlei, in the middle of the world’s oldest desert, the Namib Desert, which has the highest dunes in the world. We will climb some of them and also, of course, the Big Daddy, the highest one.
We will climb it before the sunrise to see how the red sand changes its color with the magic light of Africa. And then… why not sandboarding the highest dune in the world towards its feet where the Deadvlei (Dead Valley) is found? The Deadvlei is a dried lake between extremely high dunes, and there are dozens of petrified black trees that have been standing for millions of years.
After this adventure we will do an afternoon horse ride through the Namib desert in order to feel like Indiana Jones. And then, again we’ll go towards the coast to visit Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, where we will fly by a plane above the Namib Desert and the Skeleton Coast. The reason behind this name is that dozens of ships have embarked for centuries and we will use the plane to fly above some of these shipwrecks that cannot be reached by land.
From Swakopmund we will go to Damaraland where we will spend one day trying to find the desert elephant, giraffes and lions. We will be alone with our own tent on the roof of the 4×4… just to be safe! And I am sure the nights will be the starriest ones we have ever seen.
Towards the north we will meet the Himba tribe to learn from their knowledge and share some songs and dancings and finally we will move to Etosha!
Etosha is one of the largest natural parks in the world and one of the best ones to see the Big 5 (rhinoceros, African elephant, African lion, African leopard and cape buffalo). We will cross Etosha from West to East, from one waterhole to another to see as much biodiversity as possible, including one night game view.
And for sure many other adventures will come to find us in this unique adventure travel. And we know that some of the magic we will feel in this trip will be directly related with the fact that we have organized it with no intermediaries. This is a complete adventure!
We hope you will follow us in this fantastic journey through undiscovered landscapes because we will write about it in the blog, of course! Many posts will come about Namibia after this experience. See you!