Day 9-15 Namibia


Day 9

On the ninth day we went for a second time to Etosha national park, after a breakfast just as exquisite as the dinner at our accommodation we left to continue our way through the park. Re-entering through the Anderson gate at sunrise hoping to spot as much animals as we could at the crack of dawn. Right away after we passed through Okaukuejo camp we got lucky by seeing a hyena on the sight of the road. Now looking back on our trip through Etosha that hyena made the most impression on me. Of course, I mean, I was already stunned at the sight of elephants and  giraffes, massive animals that they are. But such animals can be spotted at the zoo, in children’s books, postcards. Not saying that any of those things come close to seeing them in the wild. But a hyena, I had never seen I hyena before, sure like on the Lion King depicted as awful creatures, or maybe they popped by on an image somewhere. But in real life, I was so impressed by that single hyena I saw standing on the sight of the road, half bear- half dog like. After we spotted the hyena, we continued our way from water hole to waterhole, honestly not spotting much more then zebra’s.  Until at a certain point a congestion of cars appeared, and being a wild park, if there are a lot of cars there is something special to spot. And yes there was, a rhino was hiding in the bushes just on the side of the road, 2 out of the big 5, check.  After the rhino we went to our last waterhole, we made our way back to Okaukuejo camp for some lunch. The lunch was not that great, besides Okaukuejo being overcrowded the food was also real bad. We paid about double the price we would pay at any other buffet in Namibia, and there was only choice out blank white rice, potatoes and salad. I mean, again I have nothing to complain Namibian buffets had been great so far, but it was just a bit of a disappointment. After lunch we went to the small museum at the camp, and after that we went back to our accommodation. Where again we chilled at the pool, and of course I had to go for a hike again.  I hiked past the viewing point I had been the day before and walked up to a small hideout. The hideout was great besides a small family of warthogs, there were hundreds upon hundreds of small birds. They were flying around in big flocks stopping at different trees, the only sound you could hear was all our their tiny wings flapping in the air, it was truly wonderful. We stayed in the hideout for a while watching all the birds, when we walked back I started getting dark so we went to the bar for a bit and after that we had delicious dinner again.

Day 10

Day 10 was going to be our third day in the park, once more we drove through the Anderson gate. Making our way to our next destination Halili Camp. Yet again we drove from waterhole to waterhole, spotting plenty of animals, slowly the once majestic giraffes and elephants grew to be like cows in the field. I was still fine with driving around and seeing all the different animals, but my fellow travellers were a bit sick of siting in the car all day. Since you can’t exit the car because of dangerous animals. You could only exit at rest stops, which I still find a bit strange, because why wouldn’t there be dangerous animals at rest stops. But anyway the mood was a bit down that day. We were almost at our last stop, when we saw number 3 out of 5. At a waterhole we didn’t wanted to stop at first, we spotted some female lions. Of course the whole places was crowded with cars, but we still had a front row seat at a female lion drinking from the waterhole. I must say it was pretty cool and fortunately it brought the vacation spirit back in our car. After that waterhole we went to our accommodation in Halili Camp. Again it was a bit overcrowded, but what did I expect when it was high-season and one of the major accommodations in the park. They however had a beautiful waterhole where is spent my afternoon reading, since hiking wasn’t an option. In the evening we had dinner at the camp, which wasn’t that great, but at least better than in Okaukuejo. After dinner we went the waterhole at the camp, like all the camp guests. Because it was dark just after sundown it was the best place to spot animals. The main act were three rhinos, walking around the whole evening quarreling with each other. Besides that also some hyena’s came to the waterhole (yay). And later that evening a whole herd of elephants appeared, small ones, big ones, pretty majestic.

Day 11

Day 11 was our last day in the park, we mostly just drove pretty quick through it. Still spotting some lions, also a male one this time. And once more we spotted a big herd of elephants, this time in day light so that was very fortunate. We arrived rather early at our next accommodation which I found to be quite a shame, since around the place, there wasn’t much to do. It was still a great place, with a lovely dinner.

Day 12

Since we kind off had wasted the day before, this day we decides to do some classical sightseeing again. So we visited the Hoba-meteorite, it was a fun visit, but at the end of the day it was just a massive rock that didn’t feel like much special. After our visit to the meteorite we went to the city of Otjiwarongo, where we first had some lunch and some drinks, and afterwards we visited the famous crocodile farm it the city. I had never been on a crocodile farm before, so it was a nice experience. It was especially great to get some information about the Nile crocodile, their history and such. It was a fun visit but wouldn’t necessarily recommend. Afterwards we went to our accommodation, gorgeous lodges in the middle of nowhere, with a great restaurant.

Day 13

On the thirteenth I was literally stoked because we had planned to visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund. The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is a non-profit organization that basically, well the name already says it, helps with the conservation of cheetahs in Namibia. Since Namibia has the highest population of the cheetahs in Africa, and they are endangered by farm life and bigger cats . At the fund we booked a tour to drive around on the plot, visiting the cheetahs that couldn’t  be released in to the wild anymore, and we also visited a new project they have been working on with dogs. It made up for a pretty fun morning activity, and I loved seeing cheetahs up close like that, and of course the money you spend goes to a good cause so that was also pretty nice. In the afternoon we drove to the Waterberg Plateau park. In the park itself we had some lunch, and after that we went for a hike up to the plateau. It was marked as an “easy hike” but it literally felt more like rock climbing. Nonetheless it was an amazing hike, albeit a rough one. Right at the start of it we saw a dikdiks in the grass, the cutest and perhaps silliest animal ever. A dikdiks is the smallest antelope if I remember correctly but to me it looked more like a big rabbit than an antelope. Along the hike we also saw some babboons in the distance but we didn’t spot any wildlife besides that. The hike itself was truly gorgeous, and the view at the end of it was also totally worth it. The hike back was even worse than going up we accidentally went on a steeper path down, then the original hiking route. But still, I love me some hiking, so totally worth it. Afterwards we exited the park, and we went back to our accommodation. After dinner we played some cards and then we made our way to bed.

Day 14

On the 14th day, sadly enough we had to make our way back to Windhoek, since we were going to leave the day after. We left our beautiful accommodation, and we went for a last morning activity. Since the CCF was such a success the day before, we decided that we also wanted to visit Africat which is another non-profit conservation organization, they not only help with the conservation of cheetahs, but also support lions, leopards an wild dogs in Namibia. Again we went on a small tour, to different cheetahs enclosures. And they showed us their healthcare facilities and they gave us a small tour through a museum. After the tour we ate some lunch at Africat, and we got back on the road again to go to Windhoek. We arrived at the end of the afternoon in Windhoek, we packed all our stuff and with we went for a last meal. We wanted to go back to Joe’s beer hut from the first evening but unfortunately it was fully booked, so we ended up at an Italian restaurant.

Day 15

Our last day was basically just waking up, eating our last Namibian breakfast, and making our way to the airport. I had quite a hard time saying goodbye to this beautiful country, I had truly I blast travelling around in it, and I hope to visit it once more in the future.

-Until next time-


Crocodile Farm
The gang just chillin’

Day 5-8 Namibia


Day 5

On the 5th day it was unfortunately time to head back to a city-life, after an again wonderful breakfast at the neighboring lodge, we made our way to the city of Swakopmund. Starting our driving a little later than usual, since we woke up early every day since we had arrived. Our first stop was at the “village”, I guess you can call it, of Solitaire. Solitaire is the only place on a long stretch of road where we could stop to tank and to get some food, so naturally we stopped there. We first went to the bakery of solitaire, where they had all kinds of delicious treats. The bakery also had, hold on, the first real coffee machine we had seen so far, so of course we indulged ourselves with some delicious cappuccinos for the first time since we’ve landed. After the small break we went over to the petrol station to fill up our car, when we discovered that the hood on the back of our 4×4 Range Rover had partially broken off (terrific explanation, basically just car trouble). Lucky for us they could kind off repair it at the garage next to the petrol station, bad luck for us the reparation took about 1,5-2 hours which meant that we had lost quite some time that day. But that didn’t ruin our spirit, still full of excitement did we make our way to Swakopmund.The drive to Swakopmund was absolutely gorgeous. The first stop we made was at the all famous Walvis Bay, which turned out to be quite a disappointment. We drove around for a bit in the city itself, until we made our way to the shore to spot some birds, but since it was quite foggy there wasn’t much to spot. We also could only stay there for a short while because of the time lost in Solitaire, and we wanted to be at our hotel before sundown.  So, we left Walvis Bay behind us and entered the city of Swakopmund. We stayed at a hotel near the beach with a beautiful view, once we arrived at the hotel we went for a little beach walk, and in the evening we ate at this fancy restaurant called The Tug, which was rather nice but still couldn’t live up to the previous dinners.

Day 6

After a small breakfast we left the city again to our next destination, Day 6 was a day of long drives, because we wanted to take a scenic drive so we could pass by the Spitzkoppe. Our first stop that day was at a little government operated gem market , where the locals could sell their gems (that were dug up in the surrounding area), in the form of necklaces, bracelets, you name it. It was I quite nice place to get so souvenirs.  After that we just made our way to the accommodation, only stopping for petrol stations. We stayed in the Erongo mountains, in Hohenstein lodge, which had the most beautiful view so far. When we arrived we booked a sundowner game drive for the afternoon, and before that we went for a small hike to a bird spotting point. The game drive was quite nice although we didn’t see many new animals, however we saw a baby giraffe which was pretty amazing. Also watching the sunset in the Erongo mountains from the safari car with of course a Windhoek lager, was totally worth it. After the drive we had dinner at the lodge, a set and included dinner menu.

Day 7

The 7th day was again, you’ve probably already guessed it, a day of long drives. This day was a bit of a downside to the whole trip. Since we only had two weeks in Namibia, and we wanted to see as much as possible, which meant staying in the car a lot. This day we were just fed up with staying in the car the whole time, also because this day there wasn’t much to see, the day was just a drive/no sightseeing day only. Which ruined the mood a bit. The only stop we made was at a village to eat our lunch and to get some coffee. We had received lunch boxes from the previous place,  and they gave us the strangest lunch ever. Maybe it was just something I had never seen before, but it was just odd. They gave us schnitzel on cake? Like literal cake. Maybe it’s a German thing that stuck around in Namibia, or just an open-minded cook that had prepared our lunches. Anyway it was still a fine meal. Also the coffee that day was odd, the waitress just gave us boiled water with coffee pads inside of it, again it was fine but just odd. Besides the strangeness of our meals that day not much excitement happened. We arrived at our lodge, Rustig Toko Lodge, the place was pretty nice. A lot of the locals (among them Herero’s fully in traditional clothing) also came to the Rustig Toko Lodge to have dinner, and to sit around the camp fire watching the sunset. It was nice to sit with locals for a change, because a great deal of the places we stayed at were just tourists. For dinner there was again a little buffet, which was fine. After that we played card games as usual and made our way to bed.

Day 8

Moods completely restored, because today was going to be an exciting day. From Rustig Toko we made our way the famous Etosha Park. We entered the park through the west gate, Galton gate. After some necessary paperwork we could finally enter the gates. If you are unfamiliar with Etosha Park, it is the biggest and most famous wild life park in Namibia, the best place to spot the big 4 (because number 5 is not to be found there). Throughout the park you have different waterholes, just like at the accommodations, where you can spot different animals. When we entered the gate we took an immediate turn to the first waterhole. And the first waterhole was just a-m-a-z-i-n-g, while the days before we had struggled to just even spot a hartebeest in the distance, this waterhole was just jam-packed with an abundance of animals. It was just crazy, hundreds upon hundreds of zebras, springbok, oryx, eland, wildebeest even giraffes in the distance. We stayed at the waterhole for quite a while, just staring at how stunning it all was. After that first waterhole we just hopped on from waterhole to waterhole spotting different species along the way. We stopped at the Dolomite camp, and after that at Olifantrus to eat our lunch that we had bought at a supermarket.  After Olifantrus we didn’t spot much for a while, until at a certain point we stopped at an abandoned  waterhole. Right before we turned around to go back to the main road, I squinted my eyes and thinking I saw something in the distance. I instantly grabbed the binoculars, and saw the gigantic (in my opinion) king op the savannah. A massive male elephant was just slowly walking up to us, casually like it was nothing. He just walked by, relaxed, took a look at the waterhole , where we just were parked in front of, no biggie, and walked on disappearing into the distance. The first elephant we saw was just a breathtaking experience. It is crazy to see an animal you always see on tv or in a zoo, to see such an animal up close, right in front of your car. After the elephant, we soon reached our last on the way stop of that day, Oukaukuejo camp. We just parked our car there, ate some icecreams, wrote some postcards and we moved on to our next destination. Right out of the Andersson gate, we stayed at Etosha Taleni Village. The best accommodation yet, I know I keep saying how amazing the places I stayed at are but they really just keep surpassing the previous accommodations, and the keep surpassing my expectations.  Before dinner I, of freaking course, did a small hike with my brother. We hiked to a viewing point where we spotted some zebras. After that we had dinner, best buffet ever. Taleni village is from the same lodge chain as the Sossusvlei lodge we used to eat at (the place of the chickenbirds, and also an amazing buffet). So for the dinner part my expectations were rather high, and oh were those expectations met. Just delicious. Later I found out that this place is known for the best buffets of Namibia, and what can I say it’s true!

More days will follow, and as always

-Until next time-


Reaaaaal close
Afrikaanse road signs
oryx in action
Scenic drives

Namibia 2017 day 1-4


It has been a couple of days since I’ve landed in breathtaking Namibia, and so far it has truly been an epic experience. In my first four days I’ve already seen amazing things.

Day 1

After a long twelve hour flight with a stop in Luanda, Angola, we finally landed. Right when we came out of the airport, we already got lucky by spotting some wildlife (or game as it’s called) along the highway, several baboons were playing in the grass, hopping from fence to fence. When we arrived at the accommodation we just relaxed for a bit. After that we headed into the city for some good old sightseeing, we went to all the different sights bought some cliché souvenirs. After the tour throughout the city we went to this place called Joe’s Beerhouse where I had my first try at some springbok meat (which was kind of scary to try, but oh boy so delicious) and I paired the springbok meal with (of course) some Windhoek Lager. Overall I must so even though I rather enjoyed Windhoek, it’s quite a small city with only a few sights, still worth a visit but the one day we had there was more than enough.

Day 2

On the second day we made our way out of the city heading to the Kalahari Desert. This day existed mainly out of driving but we made a few stops on the way. For our first stop we made a quick break in the city of Rehoboth, we had some lunch there just before heading into the city, that’s when the Namibian poverty first hit us, while we were enjoying our lunch we had several people coming up to us asking for money, which I mean is quite understandable, in Namibia there is unemployment of 50% which made us, as “rich” tourists the money income for the unemployed. Also when we drove through the city of Rehoboth it was rather shocking to see all the people in their self-made homes. We also fueled up in Rehoboth, at the petrol station there was a small kind of “museum” outside where you could read about the history of Rehoboth which was very interesting, because it gave more information about the city then any of the travel books we brought with us. After our short stop we made our way to the Kalahari Dessert, where we stayed at truly gorgeous  lodges in de middle of nowhere, called Kalahari Anib Lodge. Once arrived me and my brother and I did a small hike near the lodges, where we spotted our first warthog ( aka Pumba) in the distance, truly a silly animal when it ran away from us, with its tiny tail wagging in the air. After the hike we sat on the edge of the swimming pool, watching the sundown near the waterhole. As the evening slowly grew darker several animals made their way to the the waterhole, and we spotted the greater kudu, some oryx and springbok. After that we had some wonderful dinner at the lodge, buffet style.

Day 3

Before we left the Kalahari Desert to head on to our next destination, we had our first game drive in the morning. Game drive is where you sit in a safari car, and drive around to see if you can spot different animals. We drove around on the plot of the Anib Lodges, I slightly expected to see some more warthogs and springbok, maybe even an oryx if we got lucky. But oh boy was I wrong, we did not only see the ones as mentioned above, but we saw zebra´s, blue wildebeest and kudus. At a certain point we went out of the car for a small hike so the tour guide could show different plants and trees, and I asked him if there were any giraffes on the plot as well, he told that there were but that they are really hard to spot. But of course again we got lucky, when we went back into the car to head back to the lodges we spotted some giraffes, eight, nine maybe even ten of then all eating from the same tree just on the side of the road. It was extraordinary to see such an animal, an animal that you see in the zoo or in movies, to see such an animal in real life, in the wild. Full of amazement we came back to the lodges where we packed our stuff and went off to our next destination, Sesriem. When we left we received lunch packages, which is a very handy thing to order at your accommodation if you´re up for a long drive, because you never know how far away your next meal is going to be. After we left we just drove straight away to our next accommodation, well straight away, we did get lost at one point, but fortunately we found the right way soon enough. When we arrived at our accommodation, Desert Quiver Camp, we unpacked our stuff, chilled at the bar for a bit and we went to the lodge near us for some dinner. Again dinner in buffet-style, but this time with added barbecue elements, there were several chefs outside where you could pick any kind of meat (even crocodile, I mean CROCODILE) and they would grill it for you. Best dinner so far, also beautifully located, outside just in front of the waterhole. After dinner we sat at the bar for a bit to play some good old card games, while playing card I discovered this delicious soda, totally not Namibian probably available in a lot of other countries, but anyway it became my Namibian holiday drink: Schweppes Lemonade (also nicely paired with vodka).

Day 4

Day four was a rather exciting day. Well, all the other days had been exciting so far but this day we didn’t have to drive as far as usual since we stayed at the same accommodation for two nights. So that meant a whole day of exploring and hiking. We started the day off with an very very early breakfast at the same place as we had dinner. The meat grilling was switched to egg frying, and the breakfast buffet was just as glorious as the dinner buffet. While we were having breakfast, these silly birds were running around outside, later on I learned that they are called helmeted guinea fowl, and that they are literally everywhere, but from that moment on I just called them chickenbirds, because they looked like failed chickens to me, still beautiful, but failed. After breakfast we drove to the Sossusvlei, an extremely popular sight, that my dad called the Eiffel tour of Namibia, which is don’t think does it justice. The Sossusvlei is part of this enormous desert, which exists mainly out of picturesque dunes and valleys. While we drove through we climbed one of the most famous dunes, called dune 45. Not only did the dunes look spectacular, several 100 meters high, with a sharp cartoonish line in the middle, but also the view from dune 45 looked extraordinary. With bare feet we climbed up the dune, and we went back sliding down the sides. After we climbed it, we drove on to the valleys, first we drove on the usual gravel roads, and after that we had to drive through mule sand which was quite an adventure since a few cars got stuck. After that we reached the famous deadvlei which looked straight out of a Salavdor Dalí painting, white plain field full of dead trees and vultures, surrounded by the sky-high dunes. It was a breathtaking scene. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay to long, since it was almost noon which made the weather too hot to stay. Just before exiting  the park we stopped for some lunch, and we ate some classic American burgers the Namibian way, with of course some lemonade. After lunch we went to Sesriem canyon inside the park, the canyon is actually how the town of Sesriem got its name. The farmers who used to live there needed six (ses) belts (riems) to get the water out of the canyon, that’s why it’s called Sesriem. The canyon made up for a great and short hike, and also great views. Afterwards, since it was getting too hot, we headed back to the camp, where we relaxed at the pool while watching the sundown. In the evening we went back to the other lodge for some delicious dinner. While finishing up with dinner we met Patty, Patty is the “house” oryx that lives on the plot of that lodge, which meant we got to see an oryx up really close which was a pretty special end to our stay in Sesriem.

So far I’ve already fallen in love with this country, the rest of my journey will be coming up soon on my blog. And as well ways

-Until next time-



Escaping in a Dalí landscape, picture doesn´t do it justice.
My new favourite animal: oryx
Impressive dunes
Osterich, on the Kalahari safari

Preparing for a journey: Namibia



My next trip is all planned out, I’m going to Namibia. My very first time going to the African continent, and my first time going to really discover the unknown. Of course I’ve been to other countries, continents and so on, but it was all still so, I don’t know, western I guess. Africa is just something so different, it’s been for me always one of those places you see on a picture or on a TV, but not imaginable in real life. And now I’m really going, I’m leaving this Tuesday evening for a twelve hour flight to Windhoek, the capital. And oh boy I’m excited. I will be staying in Namibia for 16 days, starting in the capital and taking a road trip through the country together with my family. I hope to be writing about my experiences afterwards, but for now I would like to share with you how I/we kind off prepared for this different kind off “family vacation”.


First of all of course the most important thing to do is to now your stuff. Something that I’ve experienced by booking this trip I actually how little I know about the African continent, let alone Namibia. For me it was always kind of like yeah Morocco and Egypt on the top, and South-Africa at the bottom. Of course I had some knowledge about the other countries, names, some capitals, religious backgrounds etc. but I’ve never really looked into them individually. So, naturally you have to research a country before you visit it. I did, and  I learned so much. For example some general background information about Namibia past, languages etc. but also more important information about safety, like getting the right injections, malaria pills,  but also how to handle different situations concerning the wild life.


The next step is to get your stuff together. Part of the research is gaining the right supplies. For Namibia it´s for example handy to have your own mosquito net, mosquito socks, mosquito you name it. Also so good hiking shoes can be of great importance.

Besides packing and such that’s a little bit how I prepared for this exciting journey, I hope you like this small article and that it´s somehow useful for you, or just a fun read. Anyway I can’t wait to write about my actual experience in Namibia. And as always

-Until next time-