Planning, checking and dreaming…

 

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Planning the last few elements before leaving…

Nearly there… The itinerary is set! We will spend 17 days in one of the most beautiful regions of Africa.  Namibia and Botswana, with their unique, raw wildlife and infinite landscapes, will host us for a self-driving safari, which will see us covering over 3,000 km.

We will be starting in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. After a night of rest – we depart towards Ghanzi (Botswana – ‘Capital of the Kalahari’), where we will be staying at a lodge run by the San people (Bushmen). From there,  we are going to embark a journey lasting 4 days in the Okavango Panhandle – the northern gate of the Okavango Delta, a Unesco World Heritage site covering a rich wetland area of over 15,000 sqkm, ten times the size of London, or twice the size of New York Metro.

On Day 7, following a 2-day mokoro (dugout canoe) trip in the panhandle, we will head back to the northern Namibian region of Kavango.  From where, after a short stay in a lodge overlooking the Okavango River (near Rundu), we will drive for 400km to the Etosha National Park, considered by many Namibia’s greatest wildlife sanctuary. We will be staying in and around the Etosha park for 3 days, hopefully spent in admiring some of the wildest, and most beautiful wildlife and landscape of the African continent.

In the early hours of Day 11, we will leave the park behind and, following a gravel road for 300km, we will reach the western Namibian region of Damaraland, which lays behind the more famous Skeleton Coast. Rich in rock formations (including the Brandberg – Namibia’s highest mountain) and massive open plains, Damaraland will offer us the opportunity to really connect to some of the wildest and most unspoiled landscapes in Southern Africa.

After a short stay near Twyfelfontein, another Unesco Heritage site showcasing over 2000 Bushman engravings, we will drive around the Brandberg massif and down to the coast where Swakopmund, Namibia’s most popular holiday destination, will wait for us.

We will spend two days in Swakopmund, most likely making the most of its German colonial landscape, peculiar culinary mix and numerous adrenaline-linked attractions. After this short european-flavored break, we will jump back to “Mad-Max land” (LINK) and drive down to Sossusvlei. The Namib desert, its ageless shifting dunes (incl. Dune 45) and the six-leather-straps canyons (i.e. Sesriem) will become our new home for the following 2 days.

For the last leg of our journey, we will leave the Namib desert behind and drive up to Windhoek, as the city sits at 1,700m above the sea level. There, after 15 days on the road and more than 3000km under the belt, we are not only hoping to rest and enjoy its urban African buzz but also to have the chance to look back at our journey… and to think about what we achieved, witnessed and most importantly Lived.

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Windhoek – Ghanzi – Okavango Panhandle – Okavango Panhandle – Okavango Panhandle – Kavango – Onguma Game Reserve – Damaraland – Swakopmund – Sossusvlei – Windhoek – 17 Days / 16 Nights

 

Maps, field guides and some basic gear

Here we come… Slowly but steadily we are getting ready for our next Journey. The first set of material has arrived (thank you “Prime” Jeff!). Now, we only need to figure out if we got the right stuff, stay tuned…

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South Africa, Namibia, Botswana Marco Polo Map (Marco Polo Maps), Pocket Guides – Mammals and Birds (Pocket Guides -Struik), and The Friendly Swede Paracord Bracelet and Fire Starter… checked!