Namibia Part V: Surviving the Desert

I lived in the desert of the American Southwest for about five years.  My first house in Las Cruces, New Mexico was on the edge of town and overlooked a pile of sand that I first thought was left over from nearby construction.  I soon came to realise that was just what living in the desert often looked …

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Namibia Part III: Giant Dunes & Bad Behaviour

As a spectacular dawn broke over the vast red desert plain I was making my way back from the bathrooms, toothbrush in hand and keeping a sharp eye out for snakes and scorpions.  We were at our campsite near Sesriem for two nights meaning we could take a break that morning from packing up our …

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Namibia Part II: Africa’s Grand Canyon

After a smooth border crossing from South Africa we stopped briefly at a Namibian gas station to stock up on snacks and beer.  Our driver had warned that whilst Namibia was one of the more modern countries we’d visit with some of the best infrastructure, the roads would be the worst we’d travel on and …

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Africa Overland: Namibia Part I

Late on a hot sunny morning our overland truck trundled across a bridge spanning the Orange River between Vioolsdrif in South Africa and the Namibian border checkpoint.  We’d been warned that this small border crossing could be slow and had desperately tried to leave our campsite before the other tourists and overland trucks so we …

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Africa Overland: South Africa to Namibia

The first two days of our six-week trip would be spent getting to Namibia.  This journey took us from Cape Town at the southernmost tip of the African continent through the Western Cape and Northern Cape before reaching the Namibian border late on the second day. The Western Cape is a beautiful region incorporating many …

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Africa Overland: Conflicting Cape Town

If there is one place on Earth that is capable of simultaneously warming and breaking my heart it would have to be South Africa.  Less than 10-years after the first free election in South Africa that marked the end of apartheid and elected Nelson Mandela as president, I was working for Virgin Limited Edition in …

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