DAYS 134 – 148: NAMIBIA
Crossing into Namibia and into the region of the Owambo people you will pass through the country’s second largest town, Ondangwa. This town is one of the main suppliers of beer to Northern Namibia – hopefully there will be enough left to quench your thirst!
You will then continue towards Etosha National Park, recognised as one of the world’s greatest wildlife viewing areas. The semi desert is quite a contrast to the more fertile terrain you have been used to. Besides game drives you can also game watch by night at one of the floodlit water holes where we may well spot Rhino, Elephant and Giraffe among a host of other wildlife.
Heading west you will enter the Kaokoveld which is home to the Himba people, a tribe of nomadic pastoralists who to this day have shunned the advances of the modern world to keep with their tradition of leading nomadic lifestyles. They make a striking picture when you occasionally encounter them at the side of the road, as both men and women traditionally wear little clothing except for goats skin or modest cloth – opting to rub their bodies and hair with red ochre and fat which ultimately protects them from the sun.
You will pass through the remote coastline of the Skelton Coast on your way to Swakopmund for a well earned break and to pay a visit to the laundromat that will indeed get a work out after the remote areas you have just travelled through with no facilities! You may also fit in some time for adventure activities such as sky diving, quad biking and a spot of fishing. Don’t worry, you will be visiting Swakopmund again on your way north towards Cairo, so there is plenty of time to enjoy everything that this funky town has to offer.
Next you will stay for a night or two in the capital Windhoek – the first taste of western civilisation you will have experienced in a few weeks. You have the chance to take a walking tour of the town – with its influence of old world German architecture and twentieth century modernity side by side. The hustle and bustle of the capital could not seem more far away from what you have experienced for the last few weeks. From Windhoek you head south to the border of South Africa and camp for 2 nights at a campsite overlooking the Orange River, you have the opportunity to go for a canoe safari or just soak up the sun and relax by the river.