Hi guys! Last weekend we went to Namibia.
We took a flight from Cape Town to Windhoek and after driving six hours reached Etosha National Park. There we spent two days visiting the park.
In Etosha there are a lot of animals: Impala, Oryx, elephants, leopards, rhinos, zebras, lions etc.
The climate is very dry and it was extremelly hot so there were animals at the watering holes. In December when the rains come, animals are more difficult to see because they are more spread out through the park and able to more easily find water.
In Etosha we stayed in a cozy lodge. We recommend Marusha next to the Numatoni gate or Etosha Village near to the Anderson entrance. However, most lodges outside the park do not offer the possibility of sleeping near animals like lions or rhinos, but are a good option in terms of value, compared to relatively simple places to stay within the park. If you are up for camping, there are many good options both inside and outside the park.
The next day we visited the cute artists haven of Omaruru, a four hour drive south of Etosha, and spent the night on a game farm. The farm where we stayed was 15 km from the main road down a sand and gravel trail and we were glad to be driving a 4×4 pickup. The countryside was beautiful and it was a relief to finally find the lodge. The game lodge was recommended by friends from Namibia, and was probably best for families with small children who could see animals in a very tame environment. They were rhinos and a hippo, and the room was comfortable, facing a watering hole frequented mostly by giraffes and ostriches. We were lucky because we arrived just before the start of the high season, although there were few guests. At reception they told us that until February there was not going to be room available at the lodge.
We spent the last day of the Namibia trip in Swakopmund, on the coast. We had lunch in nearby Walvis Bay, taking in the impressive sand dunes along the way. The small windswept harbor has a number of dining options and we were recommended a cozy restaurant called the Anchor, which had exceptionally fresh seafood. Afterwards, we went to see the flamingos at Walvis Bay, which means whales in Afrikaans.
Five fantastic days in Namibia, lots of driving, stunning semi desert landscapes. Highly recommended!