This section is currently being revamped with much more information and images which will hopefully be of interest to anyone planning a visit. The Etosha section in particular will take a while to redo but all others apart from this title page and an an animal species entry have been completed. Further information on Namibia and additional images taken there can also be found on Clydeside Images.com. Utilise the blog`s search box or the `Overseas-Namibia` fly-out label on the right-hand side of the blog page. Please bear in mind that my Stock Photography Archive has even more shots taken in Namibia. If you wish to purchase any image(s) please email using the Contact Form and I will respond at the earliest opportunity.
Namibia is a vast, beautiful land full of contrasts and despite long hours behind the wheel, often through desolate terrain, the stunning landscapes and exciting destinations make it all worthwhile. From the world`s largest sand dunes in the Namib-Naukluft Desert, the wave-battered ships` graveyard of the Skeleton Coast, to big game viewing in Damaraland or Etosha National Park, on a good network of roads, this is the place to come for a self-drive adventure.
There are several ways to get to Namibia from the UK but the cheapest and most convenient option for my wife and I on both occasions was with British Airways: Shuttle from Glasgow to Heathrow, Boeing 747 night flight to Johannesburg, then a Com Air flight to Windhoek.
Com Air operates African flights for BA and our luggage was checked right through, a real bonus as, even without having to collect and recheck our cases at Jo`burg, the transfer there took a while.
Another option was with Air Namibia, the country`s national carrier and only international airline who fly to Windhoek direct from Frankfurt.
On our second visit, in September 2016, the Comair pilot obligingly flew past Windhoek's Hosea Kutako Airport (WDH) to line-up for landing, providing this excellent eagle-eye view**. Wildlife sightings began just after touch-down with a Secretary Bird strutting across one of the taxiways, no doubt having first received clearance from Air Traffic Control!
All flights both times were on schedule and a driver was waiting at Windhoek Airport to take us to the Elegant Guesthouse in the capital for our first night. The journey from the airport to city centre takes around 45 minutes. A Toyota Hilux 4x4, was delivered that afternoon and the local agent checked over the vehicle with us, gave us additional documentation, and up to date advice for the trip. Our vehicle was equipped with 2 spare wheels, which we fortunately didn`t need to use and, as a backup, we were given a cellphone pre-programmed with our accommodation and emergency numbers. (coverage?)*Part of the deal included a cool box, essential to prevent the water and beer from overheating under the hot African sun.
Joe`s Beerhouse was only a 5 minute taxi ride from the guesthouse and I can thoroughly recommend the Gemsbok Steak done in a Monkey Gland Sauce, (assurance is given that no actual monkeys are used!) just the job after almost 24 hours worth of airline food. Following a comfortable night and breakfast at the Elegant Guesthouse we headed south for the Desert Homestead in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. (to edit)*
I also intend to include a section featuring information on some of Etosha`s animal and bird species. (LINK to follow)*
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Dolomite camp is situated in the remote, previously restricted western section of Etosha National Park and its reception building, restaurants, bar and 20 chalets are dotted along a rocky ridge affording stunning views across the plains. Only two chalets, number 13 and 14 at the north end, offer a view of the waterhole and my wife and I had one of them - we could see for 20 miles from the veranda and watch herds of elephant, giraffe, zebra and ostrich come and go.
Within 10 minutes of arriving and starting to unpack, we were under siege from the resident baboons!!! The cheeky monkeys clambered onto the roof trying to tear through the thatch, repeatedly looked in the windows and even tried the door handles a few times! Later, when we mentioned to one of the staff that the baboons had been causing mayhem and much of our chalet's thatch was now lying on the path, she just laughed and said 'Yes, they like to play don't they'!
The camp and car park at the bottom of the hill are unfenced so animals can wander in and out at will, passing right next to the chalets. Staff advise guests to be down in the main dining area before darkness falls then, after you've eaten, a guy in a golf buggy drops you off. Sitting out on your veranda to watch the stars isn`t recommended either as lion and leopard often pass by during the night. They weren`t kidding - around 4 am on our second night here, a lion snatched a baboon on the rocks right outside our chalet. Brick walls, rather than canvas would have been preferable as he or she stayed for a while, and we could hear every breath!
This Baboon pulled a cardboard sheet out from under the concrete ridge weighing down the thatch and looked at it as if he was reading a Sunday newspaper! An example of the gang`s handywork (our chalet the morning after the lion encounter) can be seen on the right.