Have you ever travelled to a nation that took just about every expectation you had about it and then just blew them to smithereens?
If not, then you need to have to add Namibia to your bucket list promptly!
I had wanted to take a look at Namibia for years. I had dreamed about climbing the huge sand dunes of Sossusvlei, photographing the ghost town of Kolmanskop and exploring the ghostly shipwrecks of the Skeleton Coast.
With so numerous hopes and expectations, I had set myself up to be disappointed if these expectations didn’t very mesh with reality…
…but fortunately, that didn’t come about.
All the components of Namibia I had dreamed about had been just as specific as I had hoped, but what was even a lot more specific had been all the factors I didn’t count on in the slightest.
The ever altering landscapes, extremely sort locals and seemingly endless surprises had been what created our road trip by way of Namibia a single that will not just go on the list of highlights for the year, but will go on the list of highlights for my complete life.
When thinking about a Namibian road trip, it would be less costly to fly into Windhoek and rent a vehicle there as this avoids automobile border crossing charges, on the other hand, we decided to rent a automobile in South Africa (at a greater expense) and drive up the Western Cape into the southernmost aspect of Namibia, and I gotta be sincere with you, immediately after undertaking this, I’d never ever suggest undertaking the less costly choice!
We booked a totally kitted out Toyota Hilux by way of South Africa 4×4. At about $155 AUD per day this rental surely didn’t come low-priced, but as I located out, these prices are quite comparable for 4×4 autos throughout peak season, which was when we occurred to take a look at. If you pick out to take a look at throughout low season (Jan, Feb, March) these prices do drop suitable down to about $115 AUD per day, but this time of year is unbearably hot in Namibia, so saving funds does come with a bit of a catch.
You may perhaps be left asking yourself, “why on Earth would I rent a vehicle in South Africa for a Namibian road trip?”
Properly, here’s why.
The Namibian landscapes are jaw-droppingly lovely from the second you cross the border. Our initial day spent driving from Cape Town wasn’t the most thrilling in the globe, but it permitted Dan to get utilised to the vehicle on comfy roads. We crossed the border at Vioolsdrift, which took about an hour (African time) but was somewhat easy. By the time we had been stamped into Namibia it was currently obtaining dark, so we headed straight to our initial cease, Amanzi Trails River Camp on the banks of the Orange River.
We had never ever utilised a rooftop tent just before, and it had been years given that I had been camping, so cooking dinner and preparing our tent took very a when – specially given that we had been undertaking it in the dark!
Nonetheless, we ended up sleeping like babies, and when I woke up in the morning I was greeted by some genuinely amazing initial glimpses of Namibia.
We had a large day of driving ahead of us, so immediately after soaking up the beauty of the early morning light, we began packing up our tent and obtaining ourselves prepared to continue on our journey.
The roads seemed very fantastic initially, but these initial roads did not finish up becoming a fantastic instance of what was to come.
Inside about twenty minutes the roads had gone from paved, to quite far from it.
These roads ended up becoming some of our favourites from the complete trip. Not only did Dan have an absolute blast traversing the ever-altering terrain, but also, the landscapes had been totally fricking beautiful.
Blue skies, jagged mountains, wealthy red earth and roads that legitimately may only see a single vehicle every single day all combined to make a area that genuinely felt also fantastic to be true.
Through this day of driving we got a taste of what tends to make a road trip in Namibia so special.
Generally, the landscapes are special and specific, but also, as quickly as the novelty of your surroundings begin to put on off, they look to modify inside seconds. Yes, there is a lot of desert of Namibia, but that surely does not imply that almost everything appears the similar!
I imply, would you have anticipated to come across lush green vineyards in the middle of the desert?
Most likely not, but in Namibia, you genuinely understand to count on the unexpected.
This area is not renowned for wildlife, but that does not imply that you will not see any!
On our way to Fish River Canyon we came across baboons, ostriches, springbok and even zebra – normally just hanging out on the side of the road…
Or operating across it!
You know that entire saying about travel becoming about the journey, not the location?
Properly, this genuinely does ring correct in Namibia.
Our location for that evening was the outstanding Fish River Lodge (remain tuned) but in the finish, we had had such an extremely exciting time just driving and exploring so considerably so that when we reminisce about our complete 4 month trip, we will usually believe of Namibia as the greatest highlight.
I believe my really like for Namibia may have come across by now, but I genuinely haven’t fallen so in really like with a spot in a extended time. I usually list Greenland and Iran as my favourite nations in the globe and it appears like that duo has expanded to turn out to be a trio!
I genuinely can not wait to share the magic of Namibia with you.
Amanzi Trails: This great campsite sits on the border in between RSA and Namibia, a single evening camping fees about $15, click right here to understand a lot more
4×4 Automobile Employ: Totally equipped 4×4 autos are offered to rent from numerous organizations in RSA and Namibia – we rented a Toyota Hilux from South Africa 4×4 for about $155 AUD per day, which is very frequent pricing throughout peak season
Fish River Lodge: A single evening in a chalet begins at about $360 for two persons, like lunch and dinner. To understand a lot more and to book, click right here
Camera: Pictures captured with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 in conjunction with M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/two.8 and M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/two.eight lenses
Bear in mind: Namibia is all about the road trip and the journey – you’d need to have at least two weeks to genuinely do it justice