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    Default A Journey Through Namibia: Exploring the Wild Beauty

    Our 2-week Namibian adventure (Apr/May 2024) began in the heart of the country, in its vibrant capital, Windhoek. Nestled among rolling hills, Windhoek served as the perfect launchpad for our expedition across one of Africa's most captivating landscapes.

    Day 1 - Camping at Eagle Rock Campsite
    After a late arrival at the Hosea Kutako Airport, we picked up our 4x4 rental from Africamper. (We were very happy with their service and made the right call by paying extra for tyre and windscreen insurance) We spent our first night just outside Windhoek at the Eagle Rock Campsite. This serene spot provided a peaceful start to our journey and the panoramic views of the surrounding hills provided us with an opportunity to spot wildlife right from our campsite.

    Day 2 - Eagle Rock to Spitzkoppe via D1958 and D1967
    Leaving Eagle Rock, we travelled on the scenic routes D1958 and D1967, joining the B2 which took us to Spitzkoppe, often referred to as the "Matterhorn of Africa." The towering granite peaks, rising dramatically from the desert floor, offered a surreal landscape. We set up camp at the Sugarloaf campsite at the foot of the mountain, the perfect spot for an amazing sunrise and somewhat isolated from the rest of the sites, which we appreciated particularly. We spent the day exploring ancient rock paintings, marvelling at the raw beauty and tranquillity of the area.

    Day 3 - Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund
    From Spitzkoppe, we travelled to Swakopmund, a charming coastal town with a unique blend of German colonial architecture and African charm. Here we stopped at the Namaqua Butchery to stock up on the best meat ever. We pre-ordered and had our meat portioned and vacuumed for each day, would highly recommend this butchery. Swakopmund provided a refreshing contrast to the arid inland, with its cool ocean breezes and adventurous activities.

    Day 4 - Swakopmund to Walvis Bay and Sandwich Harbour
    A short drive brought us to Walvis Bay, where we were greeted by flamingos and pelicans in the lagoon. Our highlight here was a 4x4 excursion to Sandwich Harbour. This remote and untouched area, where towering sand dunes meet the Atlantic Ocean, left us in awe. The dramatic landscapes and desert wildlife made for an unforgettable experience.

    Day 5 - Walvis Bay - Henties Bay - Cape Cross Messum Crater - Messum Riverbed
    Continuing north along the Skeleton Coast, we reached Henties Bay, a quiet coastal town known for its excellent fishing spots. Here we refuelled before heading to Cape Cross, home to one of the largest Cape fur seal colonies in the world. We left the coast and headed inlands towards the Messum Crater, an ancient volcanic crater with stunning geological formations and landscapes. Our route then took us back West again towards the coast in the dry Messum River where we camped under the stars in the riverbed. Surrounded by the eerie silence of the desert we felt in total connection with nature. The night sky, free from light pollution, offered a dazzling display of stars. (If you take on these roads on your own make sure to take a satellite phone and 2 spare tyres as we did not see any humans for days on end)



    Day 6 - Messum Riverbed - Mile 108 - Ugab Riverbed - Ugab Rhino Camp
    The sight of the morning mist rising up the Messum riverbed was spectacular, and it disappeared as quickly as it appeared which set us off to Mile 108 and Durrisa Bay on the Skeleton Coast where we encountered the ever-present mist again. Next up was the mighty Ugab riverbed where we encountered more reeds, birdlife and water crossings and we had to turn back and re-route a few times. It was a day full of adventure and by the time we rolled into the Ugab Rhino Desert Camp we were well knackered. Sunset and sunrise at this spot was really special and we left in good spirits onto our next leg. (Wet seasons travel in theses riverbeds can be dangerous and flash floods occur after heavy rains higher up, but we did not encounter serious water risks at this time of the year)

    Day 7 - Ugab Rhino Camp to Desolation Valley via the Doros Crater
    We navigated higher up the famous Divorce Pass and through very rugged terrain to reach the Doros Crater, an ancient volcanic relic. The desolate beauty of this region was captivating, with its stark landscapes and sense of timelessness. It almost felt like a different planet, only to change again into the mesmerising emptiness of the Desolation Valley. We camped high up at the Damaraland Viewpoint near the Klein Gai-As fountain and it was stunning with a 360 view and sunset and sunrise again being highlights for us.


    Day 8 - Damaraland Viewpoint in Desolation Valley to Twyfelfontein
    Onwards we travelled to the Huab River where we encountered the most water and animals from our riverbed section of the trip. The famous desert elephants were present, and we were privileged to enjoy some beautiful sightings. Thick sand also made for some adventure on our way to Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its ancient rock engravings.

    Day 9 - Twyfelfontein to Khorixas via Upper Huab River and Salt River (Soutrivier)
    From Twyfelfontein, we continued our journey to Khorixas with a detour to enjoy our last 2 riverbed drives. We followed the upper Huab River upwards and joined the Salt River back down. Some of our most beautiful scenes were in these 2 riverbeds where we found some magnificent specimens of big trees in the upper Salt River where we spent our last night wild camping. The next morning, we arrived at the small town of Khorixas, known for the nearby Petrified Forest. We marvelled at the ancient, fossilised trees before heading to Outjo, a bustling town that served as a gateway to our next major destination: Etosha National Park.

    Day 10 to 13 - Etosha National Park: Okaukuejo, Halali, and Namutoni
    Our first night was spent at Okaukuejo, famous for its floodlit waterhole where we watched wildlife gather at dusk. The next night at Halali was equally enchanting, with more wildlife sightings and serene surroundings at the waterhole again. It was in the East though, where spent the following two nights at Namutoni, an old German fort, exploring the eastern part of the park, where we witnessed the incredible diversity of animals in their natural habitat. (Sadly, roads were in average condition and facilities in the campsites were not always up to standard at Etosha. Some of the frequent travellers to the park expressed their disappointment with how things are currently managed and we hope management will soon again get on top of things in this epic National Park)

    Day 14 - Back to Windhoek
    Reluctantly, we began our journey back to Windhoek, stopping outside the city for one last night under the Namibian sky. This final stop allowed us to reflect on our incredible adventure, filled with stunning landscapes, rich history, and unforgettable experiences.

    Our trip through Namibia was a journey of discovery, from the stark beauty of its deserts and coastlines to the vibrant wildlife of Etosha. Each destination offered a unique glimpse into the heart of this remarkable country, leaving us with memories that will last a lifetime.

    Vehicle Toyota Hilux DC auto
    Fuel Tank 150 litres
    Tent 2 x Double tents
    Fridge 40 Litre
    Spare tyres x 2
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