Breathtakingly Beautiful Namibian Landscape
It’s a bit of a challenge to try and describe Namibia in words; I'm 200% sure it would be a lot easier for you to catch the feeling of this majestic place if I were to tell you using only images. The landscapes vary from the beautiful German cities, to fishing villages on the Chobe, right down to the desert towns.
Arriving in Windhoek
On the 25th of March, I arrived in Windhoek after traveling for 24 hours from Livingstone, Zambia, because of the usual delays at the border gates. I found Windhoek to be a bit slow paced than most African capital cities I’ve been to since I began this journey. And the one other thing I noticed about it, right off the bet, it's that it has a lot of South African influences in it; minus the slow pace, of course.
Because it was my second time travelling to Namibia, the first time I visited Namibia was with my girlfriends on a holiday and I totally looked forward to visiting it again because as I felt I didn’t see much my first time there. I already had a couple of people, good friends of mine, I knew. And so, I stayed for two weeks with one of them and she introduced me to a couple of new people who have since become good friends of mine as well..
I didn’t get to do much sight seeing this time around because of the amount of work I had to catch up on. However, I did manage to squeeze in some or else I wouldn’t be much of a traveller if I didn’t, now would I?! And so, I went hiking at Unum, visited the old Germany chapel in Windhoek, went shopping at the Groove Mall (who said one can’t look good while travelling! ), and I also managed to have some delicious lunch at one of the coolest restaurants in Windhoek called Slowtown cafe. One thing I love about Namibia is how things are so easily accessible because of their easy and low cost mode of local transportation. For one, a taxi cost R10 to anywhere within Windhoek town or location. I only paid R20 going to The groove Mall as its on the outscored of town.
The adventures Swakopmund
Swakopmund Is a quaint coastal town where the county’s previous German heritage is very visible in the architecture and the food offered in most restaurants in town. This beautiful looking town is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the one side and the rolling desert dunes on the other. I mostly loved strolling through the cute streets and eating their fresh fish dishes.
My initial plan was to travel to Angola from Namibia, but I didn’t get the Visa to Angola because I was told that as a South African I must apply for the Angolan visa in South Africa (deep sigh), so there was no need to head up north. But I managed to get my yellow fever done for R60, which is way cheaper than in South Africa. On the 11th of April, I decided to visit Swakopmund, from Komasdale, where I stayed. I took a taxi to B3 for R10, found a 7 sitter car to Swakopmund for R140. And decided to couchsurf because, for me, staying with the locals is usually the best option to explore the city.
The city is very close in proximity of the desert; it is the best place to book a tour to go ride a camel on the dunes or do many other fun things offered by the desert explore. My hostess, Jasana, was the best! She and her husband drove me around so that I could visit some of the museums and dropped me off at the desert explore, where I had booked a camel ride.
On the 13th I took the taxi back to Windhoek, so I could get a bus back to Zambia, but this time Lusaka to visit some friends.
There are plenty of adventurous things to do in Namibia, but what got my attention the most was the deep cultural experience. Namibia's unique landscapes will make you feel like you landed on another planet; it is so different from what I’m used to in Africa. This is one of the very few places in the world, I believe, where you can find some peace of mind and connect with nature.
Country: #4 Namibia
Accommodation: zero Randelas because I stayed with friends and couch surfed
Travel Costs: R600 bus from Livingston to Windhoek, R70 driving around town, R280 return to Swakopmund and R750 bus to Lusaka. Which totals to R1,700.00
Overall Total cost: R2800 for food, transportation and a new wardrobe 😀