Africa

Beautiful Namibia

I took 600 pictures a day! Over every hill, around every corner, boulder, canyon and path – there was something different, something strange and something baron but beautiful. Driving the dusty roads of Namibia was like reading a thriller. There is no telling what you might see next. Just when you think you’ve cracked the country – something strange appears, a prehistoric tree that surely belongs to the era of dinosaurs, entire hills patterned like a quilt, exploding with contrasting colours of burnt orange, sage green and endless blue sky. I know no place like this. A place of such beauty and peace that it seems to envelop me entirely. It holds me firmly in the present, disabling all thoughts of the past and of the future.

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Brandberg

 

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Grootberg pass

Brandberg

Brandberg, Namibia

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
― Douglas Adams

Etosha Park

Etosha

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“The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
― Robert Frost

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Himba woman at Palmweg

Dorob National Park

On the way to Cape Cross, Dorob National Park

Grootberg, Namibia

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Honesty Box for crystals

Desert Sheep

Desert sheep, Grootberg pass

Grootberg pass, Namibia

“There is a wilderness when we walk alone
However well-companioned”
― Stephen Vincent Benet

Road to Cape Cross

On the way to Cape Cross via Henties Bay

 

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Meerkat at Brandberg

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
― Mary Oliver

Namibia

Road C43 heading south from Palmwag

Namibia

Road C43, from Palmwag on the way to Twylfontein

 

Desert giraffe

Desert Giraffe, Palmwag

“The most complicated skill is to be simple.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

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  1. Such exquisite photos as usual! They really capture the vastness of Namibia. I absolutely love the one of the little meerkat and the saying that you attached to it – one of my favourite animals!

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    • Sounds fantastic! 4 days will certainly give you a taste of Namibia and quite possibly make you want to return. If you are going to Swakopmund then I’d really suggest a day trip to the Namib Naukluft National Park with the Moonscape, Welwitschia Drive and the Oasis of Goanikontesmoonscape. It’s a loop road (D1991) and is quite possibly, like nothing you have ever seen! If you drive on your own, take a picnic and lots of water. It’s easy driving. Of course I am just assuming you are going to the Swakopmund area, if not – hope you have fantastic time nevertheless 🙂

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  2. Lovely shots. I was in Namibia a year ago in August and fell in love with the country. It is hard not to take pictures. I was on a small tour and our guide stopped often so we could take photos or just marvel at the country.

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    • Thank you Marie 🙂 It’s a fascinating place. We went slightly unprepared and although we had often heard what an amazing destination it is, there was nothing that could prepare me for how spectacular it is. I remember vividly, driving over the top of a pass and there in front of us were 3 layers of different shaded mountain ranges, nothing like I have ever seen before! It was a visual feast! We will be going back there without a doubt!

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    • Hi Lianne, my daughter in Mozambique put me onto your photo journals of your travels and I am so enjoying them; Namibia is on our bucket list as we were blown away by a trip to the Richtersveld a few years ago; I love wide skies and vast empty landscapes so your Namibian pics are grist for my mill; we were introduced to the Klein Karoo a few years ago and our travels to the daughter and son-in-law’s future home in De Rust over the last six years have opened our eyes and hearts to that landscape too. Keep your blogs coming.

      Wendy

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  3. Thank you for the very interesting blogs, & the wonderful photos – must be a really good camera too!
    On the Namibian blog, you state you took 600 photos per day – that is about one per minute of daylight. Do you have time to do anything else? Seems like a Facebook addict. Great stuff, but really!
    I love looking at the photos, brings back memories of my 8 years travelling in my 4 x 4 from Cape to Nairobi and many places in between, incl. Malawi, to Uganda, Congo, etc.
    Look forward to the next blog.

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    • Facebook! Are you kidding me?! When taking those photos, facebook was the very last thing on my mind. Fortunately my husband is very patient and put up with me wanting to stop ‘Oh so very often!’ (which also suited the kids when on a long road trip!) I hope you get to experience Namibia one day,it’s like no other African country I’ve experienced…600 photos a day kind of stuff! Yep, we may be a bit different in that respect but that trip was a well deserved break from a very busy life and taking lots of photos is my kind of trip! We different like that 😉 In fact, for those of you wanting to ESCAPE from cell phone signal, internet and people, it’s the perfect country to visit.

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