A Luxury Experience In The Namibian Desert
Namibia’s landscape makes it one of the world’s most beautiful
desert regions and our Travel Consultant, Gill Leonard, was lucky enough to experience it for herself in luxury. Gill found it to be like nowhere else she'd ever been with a unique landscape that
can stop you in your tracks. She says that the first thing
that hits you is its vastness and the ocean
of red sand punctuated with dunes, contorted trees
and the occasional ostrich.
She began in Sossusvlei where she stayed
at Little Kulala where plunge pools come as standard in
each suite and you’ve a roof terrace too. The staff will
set up a mattress and duvet out there and you can
literally fall asleep under the stars.
The surrounding scenery is very impressive and
includes a series of sand dunes. Gill climbed the
largest, ‘Big Daddy’, which was sometimes tricky as
your feet can sink a bit, and the journey down was
a part walk part slide! The photo opportunities are
fantastic and Gill came home with lots of pictures of
Dead Vlei – an ancient and dried-out lake bed of white
clay in which a number of petrified acacia trees have
been trapped, which is edged by bright orange sand. During her stay in Namibia, Gill also visited
Swakopmund on the coast
(where Angelina Jolie and Brad
Pitt escaped the paparazzi and
brought their daughter, Shiloh,
into the world) and the large
dune behind the town attracts
those wanting to try sandsurfing. She also saw the
engravings of the San bushmen which are carved into
the rocks in Damaraland which are thought to date
from about 300BC and the rollercoaster dirt roads
here are great for mountain-biking.
If you wish to encounter Namibia’s animals, one of the
best places to do so is Little Ongava which is located
in a private game reserve bordering Etosha National
Park. Here, you can take part in wildlife viewing drives
and white rhino tracking on foot, both with an
Gill then flew north – literally over nothing but desert
plains – for a stay at Serra Cafema , a contemporary
camp, with what she’d call ‘stately home’ touches:
think velvet curtains that drop to the floor. It’s one of
Africa’s most remote camps, but this makes it all the
more magical, set on the green banks of the Kunene
River – the first water and greenery she'd seen. Her best
memories include cruising along the river in search of
crocodiles and quad-biking through the pristine
terrain, where you might catch sight of an Oryx if
you’re lucky. But the memory hardest to beat was
visiting the nomadic Himba tribe. It’s fascinating to see
them, covered in henna, going about their real lives,
which largely centre on herding their goats. They were
equally intrigued by her.
I specialise in the more long-haul destinations such as the Far East, India, Africa and South America. I love putting tailormade itineraries together to ensure you get the best out of the country you are visiting.
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