Saturday, December 27, 2008
Off to Namibia
It's time to get ready for our trip to Namibia. Over our Christmas break we mulled over several options on where to go. We quickly discovered that we were late getting into the game. Most of the popular destinations such as the Seychelles, Zanzibar, Comorros and Capetown were booked up as early as September as most of southern Africa visits these places over the break. So our November brainstorming sessions on where to go were somewhat short and limited. After asking a few of the more seasoned ex-pats on what was available, we decided to head southwest to our neighboring country, Namibia. Namibia is a fairly new country having gained its independence in the early 1990's. It has a very strong German influence as it belonged to Germany back in the day. Namibia has several different attractions from the highest dunes in the world to the Kalahari Desert to it's coastal gem the city of Swakopmund. Of course there are great game parks and we plan on staying at Etosha game park. At Etosha we will encounter cheetah, black and white rhino and ostriches. All of which are not available in Zambia. Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is a modern city about the size of Colorado Springs. We are looking forward to good shopping and good roads and infrastructure. Something that is truly lacking in Zambia. We will fly in to Windhoek via Johannesburg, South Africa. Stay tuned as our cameras will be rolling and we plan on flooding the blog with numerous pictures.