Our African Adventure | Day 1 | Welcome to Namibia
We were utterly exhausted after the longest plane journey we’ve both ever had. We crashed and woke up feeling refreshed and ready to hit the Namibian roads. Our Airbnb host was lovely and made us a coffee before we got going. This was our first time staying in a private room, typically we book the whole accommodation for Airbnb’s. We weren’t sure what to expect and it was so great we decided to book our last night in Namibia there also.
Our host told us about a grocery store called Super Spar so we packed up the truck and manoeuvred our way there. We loaded up our cart with the essentials and thought we did pretty well with our selections. A must have for Africa–a can or two of insect repellant called Peaceful Sleep! This product saved us on numerous occasions. Loaded up, we hit the road.
Road tripping through Namibia
This was a day of mostly driving, we stopped to let air out of the tires once we hit gravel and we stopped for lunch also. When stopping, we made sure to look around the vehicle and look into the distance to see if there were animals around. We saw many goats and also some baboons at one point. It’s wise to always be cautious in Africa! We didnt see any big animals because the roads were mostly surrounded by private fenced fields.
The scenery we drove through was absolutely stunning. Rolling hills and mountains, vast fields with yellow grass, rocky terrain. It was gorgeous.
Camping in the namibian wilderness
We eventually found our campground and were able to hop on their wifi for a few minutes. I wanted to let our family know we were okay and would be without internet for a few days. The campground we stayed at is called Hauchabfontein and is about a 45 minute drive from the Sossusvlei sand dunes and park. It is a great option for when the campsites closer to Sossusvlei are booked (they book far in advance!). Our site was huge and had what we think were baboon footprints throughout.
I’ve never been much of an outdoors woman and this was my first taste of the wild. Let’s just say nature did not let me down. I made Devon go to the outdoor washrooms with me to make sure there were no creepy crawlies. He gave me the all clear and I decided to tiptoe in. I’d nearly sat down when a very large lizard crawled in through the window. I gave Devon a good laugh when I screamed and ran faster than he has ever seen me run!
Setting Up Camp
We set up the tent for the first time and got to making dinner. We boiled potatoes and made pita pizzas and sat down by the fire and watched the sun set.
We went to bed early, setting our alarms for 4:30 in the morning.
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