An excellent two weeks visiting the spectacular and varied landscapes of Namibia. A high number of fascinating and immensely enjoyable experiences in a country deserving of more visitors
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Every day had some terrific highlights but the most inspiring include
1. The sight of NINE lion cubs playing together just metres away from us at Etosha with three very imposing female adults in the background. I have been very lucky with wildlife sightings on previous trips but this topped most of them as we spent a great time photographing them.
2. The terrific waterholes at Etosha, watching the great herds of herbivores nervously come to drink during the day, and the sight of three rhinos and their calves at night.
3. Skydive at Swakopmund. As exhilirating a ten minutes as you could wish for as you fly for 20 minutes over the Skeleton Coast before hurtling down to earth in the hands of a very friendly and professional crew.
4. Climbing Dune 45 to observe a spectacular sunrise and have wonderful views of the colours of the dunes changing.
5. Cape Cross seal colony - a mesmirising experience watching 1000s of seals frolic in the sea and behave on land just inches away from you.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Samora was terrific. A really nice guy who was expert on all things Namibian from flora and fauna, culture, history etc. He also gave two excellent recommendations for dinner in Swakopmund and had this magical ability to identify a variety of raptor from 400 metres away (whilst driving!).
Jonas and Jackson were superb cooks, creating really tasty and filling dinners. Very friendly guys, they worked extremely hard to put up her tents quickly and so the group could enjoy the time before sunset. Both came out of their beds in the freezing cold at 2am during to make sure all of our tents were pegged down after hurricane type winds threatened to blow us away at a campsite in Solitaire!! We all owed them a big debt.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
If travelling in the Namibian winter make sure you pack gloves, thick fleeces and hats as past sunset it is freezing cold!
Stack up on snacks during the regular stops as there is understandably quite a bit of driving time.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
An excellent holiday and itinery covering most of this vast country's highlights.
It was also great to see our guide Samora (and all the other tour guides in Etosha) being very responsible and not driving off-road to get closer to the wildlife. Operators in Kenya do not abide by the regulations a lot of the time and must disturb the animals.