Namibia boosts some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa and a trip through the country is one of the great road adventures. I can safely say, it has been one of my favourite road trips I’ve experienced.
The natural wonders such as that mighty gash in the earth at Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world without a Casino or hardly a tourist in sight. The solitude during the early sunrise is awe-inspiring and your thoughts of the San People legend that the wildly twisting Canyon was gouged out frantically scrambling snake, Koutein Kooru, as hunters pursued him into the desert.
Witnessing the sunrise over the red dunes of Sossusvlei where some of the dunes reach as high as 325m that are part of the oldest and driest ecosystems on earth is a must. The Dead Vlei is an unearthly dry open landscape amid lonely dunes with dead tree trunks scattered throughout has an eerie feel when alone.
The desert stretches for kilometers in all directions that astonishingly has an abundance of wildlife, then you reach an eerie ghost town of Kolmanskop that’s been engulfed by the desert. In it’s heyday it boosted casinos, a bowling alley and hotels, etc but with the WWI and slump in diamond sales, leaving the last person locked up.
Further north through the wilderness of the Skelton Coast and the colony of over 100,000 seals, the landscape changes to a greener, more fertile landscape and village life appearing. The plan was to relax along the Okavango river that is fed from Congo for a few days, but with the late rains accommodation was closed. I pushed on through the Caprivi Strip and headed towards Chobe in Botswana and the mighty Victoria Falls.