Roadtripping Namibia
SEPTEMBER, 2018

After months of planning, my boyfriend 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!

 

Etosha National Park, located in the northern part of Namibia and widely known for its spectacular animal sightings. 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.

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Female lion in the long grass at Etosha National Park in Namibia South Africa
Zebras crossing the road in Etosha Natioal Park in Namibia South Africa
Acacia tree in Etosha National Park salt pans in Namibia South Africa
Elephant with tusks in long grass at Etosha National Park in Namibia South Africa
Early morning sunrise over salt pans in Sossusvlei in the Namib desert South Africa
Large birds nest in Namib desert in Namibia South Africa
Zebra in Etosha National Park in Namibia South Africa
Black and white Giraffe at Etosha National Park in Namibia South Africa
Elephants bottom at Etosha National Park in Namibia South Africa
Pair of giraffes drinking at Etosha National Park watering hole in Namiba South Africa
4x4 car with rooftop tent camping Namibia South Africa
4x4 car with rooftop tent camping Namibia South Africa
Orix's walking in long grass at Etosha National Park in Namibia South Africa
Black and white zebra at Etosha National Park in Namibia South Africa
Namib desert with mountain skyline in Namibia South Africa
Namib desert with mountain skyline in Namibia South Africa
Red Hartbeest at Etosha National Park in Namibia South Africa
Road highway in the Namiba desert on roadtrip in Namibia South Africa
Mother and baby elephant walking at Etosha Nationa Park in Namibia South Africa
Rhinos bottom and tail in Namibia South Africa
Grey rhino with tusks in Namibia South Africa
Traditonal camfire in Namib desert
Namib desert with mountain skyline in Namibia South Africa
Black and white zebra at Etosha National Park in Namibia South Africa
Landscape of sossusvlei red sand dunes in Namibia South Africa
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Sossusvlei red sand dunes in Namibia South Africa
Landscape of Dune 45 sossusvlei in Namibia South Africa
Landscape of sossusvlei red sand dunes in Namibia South Africa
Landscape of sossusvlei red sand dunes in Namibia South Africa