After almost a year of planning, my boyfriend Josh and I set off on our 100 day whirlwind adventure across the globe. We spent our first 3 weeks road-tripping around Namibia in a 4x4 with its own rooftop tent. The word Namib translates to ‘vast place’, which is fitting given its scarcity. We often would drive for hours before seeing another car on the road. Quite an adjustment to London city life!
Whilst we visited many places unlike anywhere I've been before, Etosha National Park, located in the northern part of Namibia and widely known for its spectacular animal sightings was by far my highlight of the trip. The park opened its gates to the savannah at 6.45, meaning I was awake and dressed, with camera lenses cleaned and batteries charged for 6.45. On our drive to the first watering hole of the day (the recommended spots to visit to ensure you see some animals), we were treated to a breathtaking sunrise through the savannah. Our excitement in seeing a giraffe, zebras and several springbok was soon overshadowed when we spotted our first two elephants! As if this wasn't enough, one then proceeded to approach our car, at which point we weren't sure whether to just watch in amazement or drive off to ensure we weren't trampled. However, the best was really saved for last, as on our final day in the park, we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of two female lions, dozing under a tree in the shade. Photographing these breathtaking animals in their natural habit was such a pinch me moment – and something I’d defiantly like to do again. I’m already plotting my next trip!
The other highlight that couldn’t go unmentioned was our 3 days in Sossusvlei, home to the oldest sand dunes in the word. Their rich red colour, due to the high concentration of iron, was great to admire, however climbing them was a whole other story. Spanning a height of 325 meters, climbing Big Daddy Dune was, as its name suggests, a challenge. I had to empty my shoes with sand multiple times along the way up. However, the run down its almost vertical slope afterwards made it all the more worthwhile. Deadveli, a white clay pan with tree skeletons over 900 years old, was situated at the bottom and was unlike anything I’d seen before. It’s no wonder it's been nominated as the 8th Wonder of the World.