I remember the day we arrived at Sukau Rainforest Lodge as one of the best of our trip to Borneo. We got up early in the morning in the small island of Selingan (Turtle Island), in the middle of the Sulu sea. Then, a boat took us back to Sandakan and we changed into a bus to reach the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. After lunch, another boat picked us up again in Sandakan jetty. That boat went up the Kinabatangan river for more than 2 hours.
The Kinabatangan river offers one of the most wonderful landscapes in Borneo. This river is home to a great amount of wildlife. A sacred oasis that fortunatelly survives among palm oil plantations. And surrounded by all this nature, there is the Sukau Rainforest Lodge, which is considered by National Geographic as one of the Unique Lodges in the World. In fact, this lodge is well kwown because it has access to the richest wildlife in South East Asia.
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.
Find here a video resume of our roadtrip with the best moments of our trip.
Some days ago we got back to Barcelona after spending two weeks in Namibia during our summer holidays. We had planned a trip around almost the entire country (excluding the Caprivi Strip) in an envisaged itinerary that we shared with you here some time ago. Now that the trip has ended and has become no longer a plan but a memory, we can say that we have mainly complied with the intended route, with some precious time for improvisation.
When we started thinking of Namibia as a holiday destination, we had some doubts about the days that we needed to cover the main hotspots of the country and the fact of doing a self-organized trip. Now we can say that it is possible to organize a trip to Namibia on your own and that, if you are not afraid of driving lots of hours each day (Namibia is quite large…), in two weeks you can get at least a good view of what the country has to offer. You will find below a general description of our final route. We will explain hotspots with more detail in future posts.
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.