Ah Namibia... what can I say? This turned out to be my absolute favourite country of the Absolute Safari! We had so much diversity over a short period of time... from Safari'ing in the hot as balls desert that was Etosha National Park, to the cool ocean breeze of Swakopmund, climbing sand dunes, dune-buggying, skydiving and oh so much more. Namibia, you stole my heart.
Day 64: Skydiving
HEEEEEEEEEEEY!! YEAH I DID!! TODAY I WENT FREAKING SKYDIVING DUDE! HOLY SHITBALLS, WHAT A RUSH! I don't know what more I can say about this experience, so I think in this instance, pictures will speak much louder than words:
Day 65: Dune Buggies
Matt and I were early risers this morning and headed off for a sweet bro-fast at the Village Cafe. I wish I had've taken some photos of this place, it was super modern and I deeply wish that it was my local cafe! We both ordered what was called 'The Terminator'... Needless to say it absolutely defeated me! And the coffee... oh god the coffee could have easily rivalled a good Melbourne coffee!
Then it was time to hit the dunes! This was a real first for me. I think I got a dud quadbike because I was going full throttle, and couldn't seem to keep up with the others but still so much fun! After trying one round of sand-boarding at the top of the dune, I'm so glad I didn't sign up for the half day of sand-boarding - that shit requires some serious leg endurance to get back up the dune!
I spent the rest of the afternoon exploring my new favourite town and walking along the beach. After such an early start, what else would there be to do but nap?... And then go to 'Naps' for dinner! I happened to have one of the best lasagnas of my life at this ironically named restaurant.
Day 66: Desert Drives
Today was a stinking hot and windy drive through the desert. I'm pretty sure the Chilean girl's word of the day was 'taint' and we all learnt the true meaning of the word. Most of the day consisted of napping and peeing on the side of a cliff. We crossed the Tropic of Capricorn and ate Solitaire's infamous apple pie in the middle of the desert. We slept under the stars again tonight in Sesriem.
Day 67: Dune 45
OOPH! 4:30am wake up today to climb Dune 45 in a race to beat the sunrise. As I'd discovered at the Swakopmund sand dunes, you really do need some extent of leg endurance to get up 'em. Today was one of the few days I regret not doing the optional excursion, which was a tour around the Sossusvlei region of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, but it was just another stinking hot day. We camped on the outer regions of Sossusvlei that night, and went for a sunset stroll after the last couple of days of inactivity and driving. By now I'd pretty much given up on my tent completely and sleeping under the stars was my new way of life.
Day 68: FISH RIVER CANYON
Today we visited Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. I haven't been to the Grand Canyon yet, but I've got to say I was kind of underwhelmed. After the initial 'WOW, that's a big hole in the ground' I didn't really know what to think or do. Maybe again, the heat was playing a part in my lack of enthusiasm for what we experienced but it's something I'd like to see again.
We camped at Ai-Ais hot springs which was a lot of fun. They had a massive pool on-site, which appealed to us much more than the hot springs themselves, which were inside, stuffy and which you had to pay for. My team was on cooking duty tonight and we served up an absolute feast!
Day 69: ORANGE RIVER
Today we had a nice, quick drive to arrive at our superb campsite by Orange River. I would have paid good money to stay here, and traveling through different hostels and campsites never ceases to amaze me what you get! The lawns were pristinely manicured, there was an awesome bar vibe by the pool and the wifi was so damn good I cry! I made sure to take full advantage of this day of R&R, skyping my family, drinking by the pool and sunbaking by the pool as well as on the lawns.
I can't believe I didn't take note of the name of the campsite, or take any photos! I must've been in fantasyland and imagined how fantastic it was but I really hope I make it back there someday.
Day 70: INTO SOUTH AFRICA
After crossing the Orange River into South Africa, we drive through the gorgeous Cedaberg Mountain Range to a winery in South Africa's sublime wine region. Needless to say night 1 camping AT A WINERY got messy, more accurately... I got messy. I don't care to elaborate.
More of a visual person? Check out my short destination clip of Namibia:
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