VariousLife tells it's stories

2003 | 01

Namibia

A business friend of mine kept raving during our joint meetings about Africa, and here of his favorite country | Namibia. The stories he told were so seductive that there was no turning back and no doubt for me, I have had to see this country.

A trip to Namibia has become a must.
Exciting | the first trip to an African country.

Actually, I was not the big fan of Africa, but probably not because I knew Africa at that time too little and it took in my little world of thought no special significance - in retrospect, that was a mistake.

So my friend Anton and I decided to travel to Namibia. We wanted to organize the entire trip ourselves and visit Namibia alone, not with a tour group, so a trip only for two. A real Namibian expert gave us the essential insider tips and prepared us for Namibia. The journey started in Windhoek and took us straight to the Otjiwarongo area and on to the Waterberg Plateau Park. Once there, we looked for a lodge and took part in the first evening at a game drive announced by the lodge we located. Unfortunately, this game drive was not exactly what an African wildlife experience should reflect. Ultimately, it did not matter at this time, because we still had the Etosha pan before us.

But what I will not forget until today and for sure I have never seen it that on my recent trips through Africa. This was the amazingly beautiful night-sky, equipped with a plethora of stars, all within reach. It was so great that we spent half the night watching the sky and counting the stars.

From the Waterberg Plateau Park we continue via Grootfontein directly to the Etosha Pan. The expectations were huge. 4 days only animals, wilderness and pure nature. We had everything with us that we need to take lots of good pictures (everything - however at that time we believed it). As a result, we both had 10 films with 36 images each - mind you that was our stock for the entire trip. Nothing could go wrong. And indeed, as we covered the first meters in the Etosha pan, we saw a huge elephant bull. The next days were awesome. It was just great. Pure nature and wildlife, to experience and then we were still equipped with the advantage that we were alone most of the time. This was very special for us.

Unfortunately, this time ended much too fast and we had to continue. We left the Etosha pan, which had really impressed us and drove over Outjo on to Damaraland. In Twyfelfontein we were looking for a lodge and actually wanted to stay there for a few days. During the trip we had heard of the ethnic group, the Himba's. So we decided then without further ado to change the itinerary.

From Twyfelfontein we drove north again to Opuwo in Kaokoland. Near Opuwa we met a person who was supposed to guide us to the Himba's and that works great. We spent a day at the Himba’s. Today we have to admit that it was way too short. The experience was impressive, being with a native tribe for the first time, to get to know their customs a bit better.

It was also explained to us why the women cream their body with the red earth This gives them a protection against the burning sun and the annoying mosquitoes. This rather greasy cream consists of butterfat and ocher color. The coloring ingredient in natural red ocher is the iron oxide. Add to that the aromatic resin of the Omuzumba shrub.

With a heavy heart, we head south again the next day, heading back to Damaraland, but this time we drive the so called road C39 and C34 along the Skeleton Coast to Henties Bay. On the way we stop at Cape Cross. Here you can watch the seals on the beach from noon and take pictures. Thousands of seals were seen at Cape Cross. Additionally we were fascinated by the number of stranded ships in this area of ??the Skeleton Coast.

In the evening we took a room in a B&B in Hanties Bay. We were recommended by the host of our accommodation a restaurant in which we can order good fish or seafood. The food in the restaurant we share was just excellent and really delicious. The mussel will be remembered for a lifetime, we still rave about it today. In fact, I have never eaten again so delicately prepared mussels.

The next day we drive back to Damaraland to the Brandberg, especially to see the mountain with the painted White Lady. The White Lady is a rock painting in the Tsisab Gorge of the Brandberg massif in Namibia. In addition to the figure numerous other hunters with spears or bows can be seen. These are surrounded by typical hunting game such as Oryx antelopes and zebras. The age of this rock painting is estimated at two to four thousand years. Unfortunately, only a part of the paintings are visible through mass tourism and preserved for posterity.

Now it goes on to the large and small Spitzkoppe and the Buchmans Paradise and back to Hanties Bay. The next day we head for Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Both cities are not particularly inviting or attractive, especially if you have previously seen the stunning scenery of Damaraland. Luckily we still have a nice way back through Khomas Hochland to Windhoek. We drive over the 872m high Kuiseb Pass, continue to the 1494m high Gamsberg Pass the local road C14 and then the highway C26 following, back to Windhoek.

Another night in Windhoek and our trip is over.
It’s a pity but we have to fly back to Austria.

Namibia is worth a visit, definitely recommended as a family holiday, because you can easily experience the country also with children.