After our Damaraland expedition that took us to the wildest landscapes of Namibia, we drove from Khorixas to Opuwo. This was a long drive, more than 4h, to the north. While approaching to the borders of the Etosha National Park we started spotting wildlife. At sompe point police stopped us in the middle of nowhere. A big sign informed that we were crossing the Red Line.
Monday 21st of August. Year 2017. Uis.
It was not in our plans to spend a night in Uis. Therefore I didn’t look to the satellite images from that part in the border of Damaraland. Uis was in the road map that we had, but let’s say it is not easy to find the roads when there are no signs. We left the town thinking that we were going towards Twelfontein but after driving for more than 100 kilometres we realized we were going in the wrong direction!
We didn’t know if we had got lost. We were completely out of the maps, with no possibilities of calling anyone and at some point we realized that we had not seen any car in any direction, nor any person, for the last 4 hours. Fortunately, after driving up a hill and managing not to fall through the cliff on the left-hand side, we spotted a human building down there. It was just a house size building made of stones.
Saturday 19th of August. Year 2017. Swakopmund.
We had a lot of adventure in the Skeleton coast, like the jet flight above the Namib desert, the shipwrecks and the seal colonies, like the 4×4 expedition to Sandwich Harbour and the horse riding to the moon landscape. And after that we planned our route to go deep into the dead land of Damaraland. This land is a place where you don’t want to get lost, you don’t want to run out of oil or water, where there are almost no possibilities of calling anyone unless you have a satellite telephone and where you drive hundreds of kilometres without getting in touch with any human. Only wild animals like lions, rhinos, elephants or zebras and rocks. Red Rocks, yellow rocks and brown rocks, black rocks…
Some people travel to Namibia just to do a Safari in Etosha. It is considered one of the top 5 National Parks in Africa:
- Etosha National Park (Namibia)
- Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya)
- Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
- Chobe National Park (Botswana)
- Kruger National Park (South Africa)
With its 22270 Km2, Etosha is the biggest of the 5 most important National Parks in Africa. Namibia is the second less dense country in the world after Mongolia, which means that humankind has a small impact on wildlife all around the country. Having such a vast National Park in a so less dense country, together with the fact that Namibia has an extremely dry weather, makes the visit to Etosha one of the best things to do in Africa.