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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Namibia~ Embracing life!

A little of my travels for this post makes a fresh change from my last few posts....
some great friends and us decided on the spur of the moment to explore the south of Namibia.....

An extrodinary country it is with vast areas of uninhabitable land.....
the scenery is breathtaking ......
not for the shopper though....
miles and miles of forgotten land,
by far the best gravel roads I have yet travelled on........
and a desert of absolute awe!




Alas, time only permitted us to travel for just over a week......
covering a jaw dropping 5700km!!
Here are some of the highlights along the way.......



                              The Augrabie Falls which lies on the border but still in South Africa....


Then onto the adventure in southern Namibia........

On Dune 45.....




 sheer magic.....









On top of the world......I'm certainly not fit when I think about it....the others climbed it with ease...

A lone oryx.....


And in the Dead vlei......






Then these amazing "fairy circles" ...... just outside the desert on our way to our lodge....
where nothing grows and then they grow smaller over many years and eventually "die"!
Unexplainable??? They gave me goosebumps....





These were taken in the Namib Desert....an eery difference to anything else I have seen.....
it was raining too!

Another highlight was the Fish River Canyon....the second largest canyon in the world.....







This was my most favourite photo I took of my friend....it says it all!
 Embrace life everyday to the fullest!


A strange one street town...Helmeringhausen...where they served the' most delicious apple crumble!



We were treated to many wonderful foodie experiences....










Slept under these romantic mosquito nets that do serve a purpose!








 Celebrate life everyday!!
 
Should this beautiful land tickle your fancy and you would like to experience such a trip, please feel free to drop me a line at my email address or you could go to this website...they were very helpful.
 
Just a few pointers:
 
1. The south of Namibia is malaria free...
2. There are few, if no shops in the rural towns and poorly stocked.....
3. Lots of dust roads....
4. Take clothing that is light with warm, long sleeve tops for the evenings, lots of block out and hats.....
5. Make sure you have a good camera with spare batteries, memory cards etc as there are few towns where you could stock up!......and these will be your only souvernis....
5. The cellphone and internet coverage is very good in the lodges and nearer towns....
6. Prepare to spend many hours in the vehicle travelling from town to town.....distances are vast!
7. Stock up on waters and snacks and happy faces to make it a great trip !
 
Thanks to my wonderful friends and Eddie for this experience!
 





 
 
 
 
 
 
So, as the  sun set on a wonderful holiday, I am reminded that all is good in AFRICA!
 
  
 
 
Shel

24 comments:

  1. I love the ones of you:) And all of you jumping for joy or arms in the sky..Who cares about shopping..as you say..it is jaw dropping breathtaking..
    I would take this one million times over:)

    I think you have an anklet?:)

    Fun to have friends you can travel easily with..

    Really out of this world vistas..
    THANK you for sharing..

    Love the beds..you really get to go to unique spots.

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  2. Hello Monique...
    It is something so different...I have so many photos I wish I could share more...
    The anklet bracelet ...a chuckle...it is a mosquito repellant bracelet....I was so scared of malaria I had a bracelet on each arm and my ankle :) silly me but rather safe!
    The others did smile a lot at me...
    yes blessed to have such great friends to travel with....
    and all started through a great friendship between my Jarryd and her Byron...you have seen him a lot on my posts :) he is now in Fort Laudadale? How small our world is...we skype a lot...
    Sending hugs and the post is especially for you my friend xx

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  3. The scenes are breathtakingly beautiful. Those mosquitoes are scary and I hate how at night you can hear the buzzing in your ear but the lovely netting seems to make the experience so romantic!!

    Loved your pictures and all the joyful scenes with you jumping for joy!!

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  4. Your pictures are beautiful and amazing. What an adventure you had! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. :)

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  5. Thank you for all your great comments....
    its a beautiful land to visit.
    Shel

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