While Debbie and Dex were off in the South African bushveld, Annie headed north to Namibia. Namibia is big on dramatic landscapes, uninterrupted views, and soaring temperatures. Her wide, open spaces lend themselves to restorative solitude and a contemplative mood.
Flying into the lodge gives a birds-eye perspective of just how vast and uninhabited this region is. Kulala Desert Lodge in Sossusvlei was the first port of call. Raised on stilts, the suites rise above stark, unspoilt surroundings. Kulala offers easy access to iconic landmarks like Big Daddy Dune, Dead Valley and Sesriem Canyon.
Doro Nawas Lodge – a short flight from Kulala – is where you can find the Desert Adapted Elephants. Given the size of the area which they call home, they’re more prolific than expected. Doro Nawas also offers access to Twyfelfontein – the site of Bushmen engravings, Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes.
Desert Rhino Camp in Damaraland is an intimate retreat. Set amongst the scrubland, this Meru-style tented camp is all about colonial-style elegance. It’s here that we were lucky to find a mother and calf while spending time with Save the Rhino Trust (which Behati Prinsloo Levine – one of Namibia’s most successful exports – is a Global Ambassador for.)
Every season has its own unique appeal, but between the end of April to October is the best time to travel in Namibia. Five nights in the desert can restore, refresh and reinvigorate your soul and your senses.
We’re very excited to return to Namibia as we’ll be visiting the Skeleton Coast. We’ve include legendary bucket-list destinations like the Shipwreck Lodge, Hoanib Camp and Serra Cafema (which is on the Kunene River) in our itinerary.