The day started at 5am in the Shark Island in Lüderitz. We spent the night there, protected by some huge rocks. The night before we set a fire to cook some meat while hidding from the south Atlantic winds. The night was cold in southernmost town of Namibia. But we had to get up early because a 4×4 trip through orange dunes was waiting us 3,5 hours away through some of the most beautiful desert roads of the world.
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.
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.
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.
This is a video resume of our roadtrip in Namibia. Here you will see us inside the ghost buildings of Kolmanskop, riding horses, flying over the Namib desert, climbing the highest dunes in the world, searching for lions, elephants, giraffes… You will discover dreamy landscapes like Sossusvlei and its dead trees in a white clay pan, thousands of seals, two different tribes (Himba and San)… You will see why sunrises and sunsets in Africa are different and will discover the incredible wide desert landscapes and the Skeleton Coast from above, included one shipwreck!
And everything with the most appropiate music for this travel… do you guess which song is playing? Prepare your emotions.