Blog posts from Namibia 2019
Namibia: Qatar business class

Namibia: Qatar business class

As mentioned in the intro post, we booked our trip with miles into business class. We had flown Qatar once before on our way to Oman, so we were quite excited to fly them again, and this time try...

Namibia: Windhoek

Namibia: Windhoek

After our last breakfast buffet of the trip we packed up the car and headed south to Windhoek, stopping briefly at a small waterhole just north of the Anderson Gate. ...450km later(!) we arrived in...

Namibia: Etosha National Park

Namibia: Etosha National Park

Note: this post contains a small number of the photos from our three days in Etosha - to see more check our gallery page. Wednesday morning we hit the road by 8:45a and were at the Van Anderson gate...

Namibia: Otjiwarongo

Namibia: Otjiwarongo

The drive from Omaruru to the Hadassa Guest House in Otjiwarongo was straightforward and full of warthog sightings! He was not in a hurry or his tail would be straight up! Upon arrival, we were...

Namibia: Roidina Safari Lodge

Namibia: Roidina Safari Lodge

As requested in their pre-arrival email, we called the lodge from the winery to give them a heads up on our arrival time, and they said they were expecting us. From the gate it's a about a 15 minute...

Namibia: Erongo Mountain Winery

Namibia: Erongo Mountain Winery

On the way to our next lodging spot outside of Omaruru we stopped to taste a few wines at one of the few wineries in Namibia, Erongo Mountain Winery. The winery itself is located at the end of a...

Namibia: weekend in South Africa

Namibia: weekend in South Africa

In the middle of our Namibia trip we flew down to Cape Town, South Africa, for a long weekend with Leandra's aunt and uncle. Thursday Our flight from Walvis Bay was was quick and easy, arriving in...

Namibia: Swakopmund + Walvis Bay

Namibia: Swakopmund + Walvis Bay

After our long drive through the mostly boring desert, we got into town around 2:30pm, parked the car in the secure parking area at the hotel and relaxed for a couple hours in our room (#2) at the...

Namibia: gravel roads in the desert

Namibia: gravel roads in the desert

Most of our first week was spent on dirt/gravel roads of varying quality. On our first full day we drove from Rehoboth to Sesriem. On the way the highlight was the Spreetshoogte Pass, which has...

Namibia: Moon Mountain Lodge

Namibia: Moon Mountain Lodge

By the time we returned from the Water Kloof hike our bags had been delivered to our room, so after a refreshing welcome drink of sparkling lemonade we headed over. Our tent was quite large, bigger...

Namibia: Waterkloof Trail

Namibia: Waterkloof Trail

Before leaving Sesriem we filled up at the petrol station, then pointed Google maps to Namib-Naukluft National Park for the Olive Trail hike... unfortunately, Google gave us bad directions and we...

Namibia: Sossusvlei

Namibia: Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei was one of the anchor points of the trip, a destination we had built our itinerary around and had been looking forward to for months. The evening prior we talked with the gate guard and...

Namibia: Desert Camp

Namibia: Desert Camp

After gassing up and a quick lunch in Solitaire we completed the rest of the (very bumpy) drive to our accommodations for the next two nights — Desert Camp. We were assigned the last unit on the...

Namibia: arrival drama + Lake Oanob Resort

Namibia: arrival drama + Lake Oanob Resort

Getting off the plane in Namibia was easy - we exited by stairs and walked across the tarmac into the immigration line. That process went fairly quickly as we were shuttled to a shorter ‘residents’...

Namibia: Hertz rental car

Namibia: Hertz rental car

During the planning phases of the trip we went through lots of rental options - 4x4 vs smaller car, local vs international companies, etc. Ultimately we wanted a vehicle with some ground clearance,...

Namibia: an evening in Doha

Namibia: an evening in Doha

With a 10 hour layover in Doha we wanted to get out and stretch our legs, all the more so since the lounge was alcohol-free for Ramadan. Thankfully it was quite easy to get into Doha. There are...

Namibia 2019: overview + intro

Namibia 2019: overview + intro

A trip to Namibia had been in our heads for a few years, as the scenery looked amazing - massive dunes, wild coastline, lots of animals. Timing was important, as we wanted to go during their winter...

Our Itinerary

2024 Trips

San Diego, CA (Jan)
Sarasota, FL (Feb)
Madrid, Spain (Mar)
Valencia, Spain (Mar+Apr)
Palma, Mallorca (Apr)
Croatia (May)
Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
Bari, Italy (Sept)
Rome, Italy (Oct)
Frankfurt, Germany (Oct)

2022 Trips

Florida (Feb)
NC Mountains (Apr)
Washington DC (Apr)
Valencia, Spain (May)
Hilton Head, SC (May)
Pacific NW (Jun)
Long Island (Jul)
Florida (Sept)
Chicago (Sept)
Poland (Sept)
NC Mountains (Nov)
Euro Xmas Markets (Dec)