So now we're getting good at this self-drive and trekking thing.
Driving through New Zealand, then the Ring Road in Iceland and now through the remote wonders of Namibia. Trekking gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda and now setting our sights on trekking rhinos on foot. It seems to me our adventures are getting more and more ambitious. I can't imagine what our next one will be! Probably tracking Martians on Mars.
We've been on several safaris before, but this time we were looking for something different and a bit more challenging. Boy did we get it.
I gotta say, this type of safari isn't for everyone. It's a trip where you must commit to the distance. You need to love being on the road for hours and hours, and then a few more hours.
I have a lot of friends who would have hated this trip. Firstly, living on the west coast, it's going to take you days just to get to your starting off point, which for us was the capital city of Windhoek in Namibia.
Namibia is a huge country. It's the size of two California's put together and the distances between the most popular sites are vast, to say the least. We knew this going in but once you're driving on dirt roads, on the left side of the road, in the right side of the vehicle with a left hand manual shift, the distances seem much further than what they appear on your map.
I for one, love a good road trip and for us, this was the king of road trips.
I planned this trip with the help of Dori Peterson at Cadence Travel and Wilderness Safaris.
You could try to plan an adventure like this by yourself, but I wouldn't recommend it. There are too many fine details that would be missed. We were given everything we needed to know before we even left the States.
Having said that, renting a camper truck like the ones through KEA are very popular. The majority of the vehicles on the road were these adventurous folks headed from campsite to campsite. I like a bit more glamping in my adventures.
There are few gas stations or restaurants in-between destinations, so it's a good idea that someone in your party know how to change a tire or dig yourself out of the sand.
Our first destination after our long sleep in Windhoek was to Onguma Tented Camp near the east (Von Lindquist Gate) entrance to Etosha National Park.
What was supposed to be a 6-hour drive, turned into an 8 1/2 hour drive by somehow taking a wrong turn where there were no turns to be made. We literally had one highway, the B1, and we somehow veered off it, wasting precious time at Onguma.
Part of this trip was planned just so I could stay at this very camp.
The deck faces the camp's private waterhole where you can sit, enjoy a well-deserved cocktail and watch the ever-changing scenery.