As we landed in Windhoek airport we were curios about what Namibia is like. There is little mentioned in Europe about Namibia and we wanted to experience and get acquainted with this country (country of huge territory and only 2 million inhabitants). From Windhoek we moved straight to the fabulous Erindi Park. The hotel was situated next to a waterhole so during our enjoyable supper we had the chance to observe rhinoceroses and crocodiles. From the terrace we could admire the view over the Namibian bush.
The second day of our trip was a day of delight and satisfaction for photographers, but not only, all other participants of our trip were satisfied; we started early, at dawn we drove into the bush to experience a real safari trip. We saw majestic African elephants, graceful cheetahs and various types of antelope.
During that day we were on two safaris, but how different! The second trip, as if on purpose – we ended having a little snack and a drink in the middle of bush, not far from the place where a cheetah had its supper!
It wasn’t a lengthy trip to Swakopmund – a very German little town as it is known. But the journey was somehow unusual – being used to quite a lot of traffic on the roads – here in Namibia we hardly saw vehicles on the road. We were lodged in a lovely hotel on poles, close the beach (but not far from the town), where were welcomed by foamy waves, and the lovely tune of the ocean.
It is hard to express the impressions of that day. In a little plane we flew over the highest Namibian dunes, the sand and the light, its colors reflected on dunes’ ridges created such beautiful composition that we were truly fascinated with the views.
We also flew over diamond-bearing fields and over the coast, where the ever-changing colors of raising flamingos delighted us. Sometimes we had the impression that seals basking in the sun leisurely greeted us.
On the fifth day we left Swakopmund and we went to the very heart of the Namib Desert, to the place called Sossusvlei. With our lodging in a fantastic camp nearby the Sesriem Canyon, from our viewing decks we admired a beautiful sunset and enjoyed the silence. We went to sleep quite early as we were warned that next day will start before dawn.
The reason for getting up early was to have an opportunity to watch the sunrise from the ridge of one of the highest dunes and to feel the sand getting warmer and warmer every minute the sun is shining. These moments we will always remember.
After returning to our camp we went to visit the nearby little canyon – a charming and peculiar place. It was a soothing day, peace and quiet of the dunes, canyon, relaxed warming at the pool. At end of the day we admired the vast African sky, with so many stars that sparkled…
After breakfast we headed for Luderitz. It was a long but fascinating journey. For the first time in our life we could admire the wild horses running free. Prepared for zebras or giraffes were truly amazed by this sight.
Similarly to other days, on that day we didn’t have occasions to meet others or meet tourists. Namibia is a very quiet and desolated place and thanks to that the country has its unique character. One is surrounded only by wilderness and African nature.
The hotel where we spent the night was located at the ocean and the sloshing of waves against the walls of the premises added to its dreamlike character.
On that day we visited Ghost Town, a strange, abandoned place. The town is devoured by the desert and its history is as mysterious as its appearance… The walk over that quiet museum made that everyone of us started to fantasize how it would be if the place was teeming with life. Great expedition.
It was a long journey up the mountains to an anonymous (to us) place called Ai-Ais. However, we always trust our guide Andre so full of expectations we went to that mysteriously sounding place. On our way to Ai-Ais we were to see the second largest canyon in the world called the Fish River Canyon – anenormous place arousing respect.
After a long drive, in the evening after supper, long into the night we were swimming and relaxing at the pool next to the hot springs, admiring the stars in the quiet African sky. Feeling absolutely relaxed no one felt like sleeping…
It was a day of a long journey to Cape Town so we had to say ‘goodbye’ to Namibia. We were leaving that beautiful place with the promise to come back again as there is so much to explore.
However, the Republic of South Africa welcomed us with fantastic views, lakes and vineyards – another beautiful and colorful place. We arrived in Cape Town late in the evening and had our lodge in a small, homey hotel a few dozen of meters from the ocean whose quiet murmur lulled us into sleep.
How different, how big and colorful is Cape Town compare to the biggest town in Namibia! Cape Town is located at the foothill of Table Mountain which seems to guard the place; the mountain is visible from every place in the town. This day was devoted to sightseeing and exploring the town and its neighborhood. We also visited a colony of penguins and obligatorily took pictures on the Cape of Good Hope. It was an exciting day.
Cape Town is not only Table Mountain, Signal Hill, monuments or museums but also markets and souvenirs and trinkets one can completely loose control when buying them. We bought so many of them and other delicacies that we were worried about our luggage. Luckily, on the airport everything went well and we were allowed on board with our whole luggage. After saying goodbye we were taking the evening flight back home.
Every person of our fantastic team strongly believes we will be back again. Andre claims that we have to see Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe and we are sure we will accept his invitation…
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