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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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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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 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 VI: On Safari in Etosha National Park

The first time I went on a game drive I got chased by an angry elephant with one giant tusk.  For some reason he was called One Tusk.  Our game vehicle inadvertently surprised him as he was hanging out in some thick bush and what followed was very reminiscent of a scene from the original Jurassic …

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Namibia Part VII: Goodbye Desert. Hello Humans.

Giant meteorites, vast sinkhole lakes and beautiful minerals characterise the road between Etosha National Park and the Botswana border.  We weren't to see any of these on the two full days we had left in Namibia after we left Etosha National Park but there were plenty of interesting experiences nonetheless. Our first day out of …

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