10 reasons why everyone should visit Namibia at least once in their life

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Africa is a big ol’ continent and I’m incredibly lucky to have visited 5 countries within it. As much as I’ve loved each country, Namibia has always held a special place in my heart and I discover new reasons to love it every time I go. As one of the most unheard of and underrated countries, I thought I’d put a little list together to tell you why it’s worth visiting the beauty that is Namibia.

1. People

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Everyone says this about everywhere they go so I’m going to join them and tell ya that the people you meet in Namibia are just so so so lovely. As well as being kind, caring and smart; the friends I have in Namibia are also ridiculously hilarious.

2. Sunrises and sunsets

Get up early (I’m talking like 5am), find a hill or building to climb up and watch the sun rise along the horizon.

Watching the sunset is equally as stunning; the colours change each evening and you’ll feel like you’re in the real life version of The Lion King.

3. Culture

 

Namibia has an estimated population of 2.2 million people, made up of 13 ethnic groups. They are: the Herero, the Damara, the Nama, the San (Bushmen), the Rehoboth Basters, the Coloureds, the Whites, the Caprivian, the Kavango, the Topnaars, the Tswana, the Himba and the Owambo. Visit Opuwo in the north to see how the Himbas use ochre on their skin and hair.

4. Drinks

Windhoek lager and Tafel are brewed in Namibia. Savanna and Amarula are from South Africa but readily available at all times in Namibia. You’ve gotta give them a try.

5. Etosha

Etosha National Park is a game reserve in Northern Namibia and should be on every bucket list. You can expect to see lion, springbok, gemsbok, impala, hyena, giraffe, rhino (black and white), elephant and if you’re lucky; leopard and cheetah.

Instead of following radios and keepers to find the animals, you can self-drive and wait for the wildlife to come to you at a waterhole.

6. Braais

Afrikaans for BBQ, but so much better than a pathetic British attempt at grilling meat outside. Braais don’t take days/weeks of notice and hours of preparation. Just call some friends, bring drinks, meat, make a fire and enjoy.

7. Ghost towns

Vogue photoshoot worthy ghost towns (yass, really), Kolmanskop is worth a visit if you want to fill your insta with artsy pics of abandoned houses and a forgotten town.

8. The landscapes

If you enjoy wide, open spaces then this is the country for you. Namibia is huge (3 times the size of the UK) but with 62 million fewer people living in Namibia than the UK, there are a lot of open spaces. You can drive for hours on end without encountering another person.

From rocks, to bush, the desert – the changing landscape is a major appeal to tourists and photographers from all over the world.

9. Sossusvlei

Who knew a visit to the desert would be so tiring?! Sossusvlei will test your endurance and tolerance to extreme heat. In return, it will reward you with breathtaking (seriously) views, wildlife, a sense of accomplishment and pockets full of sand.

10. Swakopmund

Feel like Mad Max as you speed through the desert to reach the German town. The ideal spot for souvenir shopping, eating fresh seafood, hopping between cute little cafes and getting your adrenaline fix with quad biking and sand boarding tours.

Spot flamingos, climb Dune 7, walk along the jetty, collect shells on the beach and enjoy the cooler weather of the coast.


So there you have it, just a few reasons why I might be addicted to travelling to Namibia.

love, Mary

x

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Easter fun

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Hello!

Easter weekend seemed to go on forever because of South Africa’s endless public holidays. I enjoyed having time off work and everyone else is just generally chilled out and in a good mood. 

Good Friday was spent at a friends braai (BBQ, but better), I was asked to take some family photos which was awesome because I just got to mess around with the kids and their adorable puppy in between taking some cute photos of them. We ate loads of fish and more potato salad than should be allowed.

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On Easter Sunday the Easter Bunny came! Leaving a trail of chocolate eggs all around the house and garden. I was totally overwhelmed by all the chocolate and spent much of the day slumped over feeling sorry myself after the huge sugar rush.

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Another treat was that my parcel sent from home finally arrived! I’d waited for almost a month and DHL told us it would take 3 days!!!?! I now officially think DHL are poop but my parents are the best people ever! I got my drivers licence, my friends calendar, some clothes that I didn’t have room to pack, percy pigs, DVDs that I was really in the mood to watch and make up that I’d sadly left in the car on the way to the airport. So yeah, parents and sister are the best.

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I finally managed to see my friend Harrison who sometimes works in Cape Town. Fran and I met him way back in 2012 on a trip to Swakopmund in Namibia, he’s an actor and stunt double so has the best stories. He treated me to a crazy dinner at La Mouette in Sea Point, I’d already eaten at Mama Afrika that evening with my friend Offir but then had to sit down to a six course meal. I don’t even eat much as it is but I had to find the strength to get through 6 courses excluding the bread before we even started! I won’t go until too much detail but the restaurant is so fancy and if you know me you’ll probably know that I don’t do fancy. Oh, and I’m super fussy with food. The night was traumatic to say the least but I was happy to see Harrison again 🙂

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Anyway, these past few weeks have been very chilled but really busy at the same time. It’s been fun!

Mary x