Namibia is perfect for your first African road trip. It’s a safe and accessible country with stunning attractions such as the rhinos and cheetahs of Etosha and the huge sand dunes of Sossusvlei. The roads may be rough, but at least there’s no traffic and the scenery is wild and beautiful.
A few weeks ago I didn’t know anything about Namibia, other than the fact that the new Mad Max was filmed there (and even that didn’t mean much – I still haven’t seen it). I just figured the country had a lot of desert. I also noticed their rugby team was full of white guys when they came to play in New Zealand, so I presumed the country had some European elements too. Other than that I knew nothing (like my buddy Jon Snow).
Our amazing two week Namibia road trip took us to some of the most remote places we’ve ever been. We climbed giant sand dunes, kayaked with thousands of seal pups, enjoyed spectacular sunsets, and got up close to cheetahs, leopards, and rhinos.
I arrived in Sossusvlei from Walvis Bay, which is about a five-hour drive. This small coastal town is famous for its surfing and flamingos. I didn’t get a chance to get out to Skeleton Bay for surfing but the flamingos were awesome! They crowd together on the water-front year-round so you’ve very likely to see them.
One of the best ways to see animals and nature in the wild is on a safari. No zoos, no interaction and most certainly lots of space for us travellers to see some of the word’s most impressive animals in the wild...
Africa is huge, like seriously, it’s a vast continent that’s so varied and filled with a melting pot of cultures, identities, beautiful nature and history. It’s a content that has so much diversity that is sometimes forgotten when we hear ‘Africa’ mentioned as a place to go to. It really is hard to bottle down the essence of Africa into a singular destination, even though we see this happen time and time again on television, radio and print...
Namibia is totally a hard sell when it’s so goddamn expensive, but guys, if you have the means to visit, it’s 100% worth the splurge. I promise you’ll have the absolute time of your life there.
Gawp around this country before everybody else does