02.09.2014 - 09.09.2014 34 °C
Namibia is a country of everything. Deserts, beaches, mountains, culture and Animals. I have been spoilt by Namibia. Of all of the countries we visit, we spend the longest in Namibia. I am very glad.
So far we have stayed in amazing 'resort' like campgrounds, back country campgrounds, on rocks under the stars, in hostels and in cheetah parks among others.
We have hiked around the Fish River Canyon, been in the worlds oldest desert, taken selfies in the Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, been quad biking, sand boarding, seen ship wrecks on the Skeleton Coast, and patted Cheetahs. I could die now and be happy. But every day there is a new excitement to find around the corner. We'll more like 200kms down a frighten dusty road.
There are a couple of very interesting people on my trip. I'm sure more details will follow as the blogs go on, but in the mean time I have:
- the most complaining and underprepared Canadian, who has been sick since day 2,
- the loud obnoxious one, who despite being 29 and a kiwi acts like a 21 year old Ozzie,
- the ridiculously overweight smelly one... With a stroke of brilliance, is my tent partner,
- the 'at-one-with-the world' silent hippy dreaded vegetarian, and
- a couple of 'I don't drink' 19 year old Danish girls, loads of fun.
It's a real mixed bag, after 10 days people are starting to loosen up, but I will be surprised if I connect with more than one or 2 on my return to civilisation.
So far we have seen oryx, springbok and kudu, mountain zebra, baboons, cheetah and a couple of cool birds (zazu from Lion King) a scorpion (under my tent). Of that count, I have eaten the first 3.
In terms of radhaz Kayleigh moments or stupid things I have happen to me (that I'm sure you have been waiting on). I almost flip the quad bike, I found out I am allergic to cheetah, I have twerked with locals to their hilarity, chosen the worst tent mate, got sand in my camera and fallen down a sand dune. So standard really.
We have a couple more days beef or we head to Botswana, but I feel like so many things have happened. My intention was to do blog a country, but if I do that, it ends up as lists. I have learnt an African country can not be simplified into a black and white paragraph for page 17. It is living and breathing, it is divided and united, it is varied further than I could have ever imagined. No one word can describe Namibia and it's people, nor should it.