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A Luxury Experience In The Namibian Desert

By Gill Leonard

Travel Consultant

Posted: 26 February 2014
A Luxury Experience In The Namibian Desert

A Luxury Experience In The Namibian Desert

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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.

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.

About Gill

I specialise in the more long-haul destinations such as the Far East, Australasia, India, Africa and South America. I love putting tailor-made itineraries together to ensure clients get the most out of the destination they are visiting. With a passion for the outdoors, wildlife and adventure, I consider New Zealand and Africa among my favourite places to visit. 

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