In August, we took a two week road trip into Namibia. Our friends Dave and Lee-Ann organized it all, and we got to go along for the ride. With good company, desolate desert landscapes, beautiful light, and pretty good roads, road-tripping (especially as a passenger) in Namibia is a treat.
After crossing through the border, we stayed with our friend, Antonie, who manages a table grape farm on the Orange River. The river and grapes along it form a narrow green strip on an otherwise dry-as-a-bone landscape. Here’s Dave just a few minutes drive away from the farm, after Antonie took us on a (surprise) 4WD adventure up into dunes.
Next up, we headed to the blustery beach town of Luderitz. The main attraction here is Kolmanskoope, an abandoned German diamond mining town outside of the city that once very fancy…but since it’s closure, has been taken over by the desert.
Next up, we spent some time with Caroline and Jan, who run adjacent farms. Caroline farms cattle and sheep, whereas Jan has cattle, citrus, olives, and a bevy of chickens. We were all pretty enthralled with the farm living…it really was incredible to have an behind-the-scenes tour.
Against the backdrop of his olive tree grove, Jan explains how a diving rod works. This is how they have found the water holes on their farm. We were skeptical, but it did react when he demonstrated it. Hm…mystical!
Back on the road–and stocked up with farm-fresh oranges, eggs, and olives–we headed on to Spitzkoppe for some climbing (which Steve will report on separately), but not before stopping to check out these Welwitchia plants that are over 1,000 years old. Despite their appearance, each plant has only two leaves.
You can view all of our Namibia photos here.