2-Week Self-Drive Namibia Road-Trip

lioness on safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

After spending a year in my home country, it was time to start exploring again. Whenever I want to go abroad, Africa seems to always call to me. This time it was Namibia tugging on my heart. I've been to Namibia before but when I last visited, I spent the duration of my trip working on a sanctuary and didn't really get to see much of the country. Even without exploring the country, my Namibia trip was one of the best experiences of my life.

This time I was setting myself my most ambitious adventure yet: a 2 week road-trip round Namibia to aim to see as much of the country as possible. In my planned route, I was going to hit the sanctuary again before entering unchartered territory with Etosha National Park, the renowned (and albeit slightly eerie) Skeleton Coast and the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei.

So follow me on my journey round Namibia as I delve into a truly life-changing adventure.

Below is a chronological list of all my blog posts from this trip.

The Realities of Travel: Our Disastrous First Night in Namibia

I wasn't going to write this blog post. I felt it was just a little too personal to share. However, the words just seemed to tumble out and I like being completely honest with my readers. After over 24 hours of travel in order to reach Namibia, I honestly expected to sleep like a baby… Read More

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A Morning at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

I was there. I was in Namibia. After a very taxing day of travel, I unfortunately had a fitful night's sleep. I'm not sure how many hours I slept that night but I know I was up for around 2 or 3 in the middle of the night. I woke up to the sun scorching… Read More

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Driving through the Scorching Namibian Desert with No Air-Con

On our first full day in Namibia we drove our rental car to the mechanic and handed back the keys to the rental company. How did this all come to be? Well, let's rewind a couple of hours to our joyous visit to N/a'an ku sê wildlife sanctuary. We were ecstatic after experiencing an incredibly… Read More

Friday, 24 November 2017

Hand-Feeding Ostriches & Getting Hopelessly Lost in Namibia

My first few days in Namibia certainly yielded a rollercoaster of emotions for me. Whilst everything from the landscape to the animals to the food and the people were fantastic, it' safe to say that a couple of things simply didn't go to plan. Let's have a quick recap in case you are new to… Read More

Friday, 1 December 2017

Acing a Self-Drive Safari in Etosha National Park

The sun rose over our campsite in Onguma for a second and final time. Today was the day that we were leaving Onguma, situated just outside the eastern border to Etosha. Fortunately, we had managed to shift our plans and instead of staying all the way in Damaraland that night, we were hopefully going to… Read More

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Falling in Love with Damaraland: An Adventurer’s Dream

I was still buzzing after coming face to face with a wild lioness in Etosha National Park. I honestly didn't know how my road-trip would get any better. Seeing a wild lion has been on my bucket-list since I was a small child. Oh, and it was everything as fantastic as I thought it would… Read More

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Disappointment at the Skeleton Coast: The Frustrating Side of Namibia

I was in the Skeleton Coast, my excitement almost bubbling over. For so long I had wanted to visit this treacherous stretch of coastline where numerous ships had fallen to their sandy graves, becoming prisoner to the heartless desert. Sometimes known as 'the gates of hell', this eerie coastline of Namibia has always tugged at… Read More

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Exploring Canyons in the Namib Desert

After not seeing any shipwrecks at the Skeleton coast, I was determined to hit the rest of our road-trip at full speed and really embrace every moment of it. I knew the next part of the trip would take us somewhere really exciting - OK, I know I've said that about everywhere in Namibia but… Read More

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Introducing Solitaire, My Favourite Town in Namibia!

And so the saga with the bees continued. I opened my sleepy eyes, safe within my roof-top tent. Outside I could hear insistent buzzing as bee after bee flew past our tent, some bashing into it. The Rostock Ritz campsite may be beautiful but damn, they have an awful bee problem! There are bees absolutely… Read More

Monday, 22 January 2018

Off-Roading Through the Dunes of Sossusvlei: A Namibia Highlight

Morning in the Namib desert. We made a speedy exit from the Gondwana Desert Camp in order to be at our next destination early. Today was a very exciting day. We were heading to the Sesriem campsite which is located within Sossusvlei National Park. If you haven't heard of Sossusvlei before, Sossusvlei is home to… Read More

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Losing my Wallet: Are Namibian Towns Safe?

I woke up to a cool breeze wafting through my tent. Brr. I clasped my sleeping bag harder, wondering if I'd woken up in Antarctica or something. It was certainly different from any other morning I'd experienced in Namibia so far. Normally the scorching heat would wake me and I'd frantically clamber out of my… Read More

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Lake Lake Oanob Resort: A Campsite Overrun with Cats

After an incredibly stressful morning, we finally arrived at the gates to our campsite. I was thrilled to discover the campsite was far enough away from the local town to be safe from anyone wandering around and that it was enclosed behind a large fence, a guard beside the entrance. I normally love immersing myself… Read More

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

We Were Nearly Robbed on Our Last Day in Namibia

The moment had arrived. It was time to embark on the last leg of our journey which involved a mere 1 hour drive from the Lake Onab campsite located just outside the town of 'Rehoboth', up through the capital city of Windhoek to our campsite. Tonight we were staying at the Trans Kalahari Inn campsite,… Read More

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Planning My Namibia Road-Trip

I was so excited in the run-up to my road trip that I actually wrote about my booking experience and the lessons learnt from it. These guides are actually super helpful. I go into everything from how to plan your itinerary, how to fight the bets flight details and everything you need to know about hiring a car in Namibia - it's harder than you think!

How to Plan a 14 Day Road Trip Around Namibia

Yep, you heard right - I am going back to Namibia. OK, I haven't actually booked my flights yet but I'm around 99% sure that I will be flying to Namibia before the end of this year and I couldn't be more excited. I have had several sleepless nights tossing and turning, my mind buzzing… Read More

Friday, 8 September 2017

How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off Buying Flights

I have just bought my flights to Namibia for this winter (hallelujah!) I wish I could say that it was a pleasant experience, after all, why shouldn't it be? When booking flights, we are booking tickets to visit a foreign country, an exciting and liberating experience. Therefore booking it should be filled with pleasure and… Read More

Friday, 15 September 2017

Guide to Choosing the Perfect Car for a Namibian Road-Trip

After booking my flights to Namibia (a horrible, stressful experience which you can read about here), it's now time to consider what car to rent for my 2-week road-trip round this fantastic African country. If you are road-tripping around any country, your vehicle is arguably more important than your accommodation as it will be taking… Read More

Sunday, 24 September 2017

A Tough Lesson: Why You Should Always Book in Advance

I considered amending my previous blog post on choosing the perfect car for a Namibian road-trip with the new information that I've learnt. However, after much deliberation I decided that what I've learnt today requires a post to itself and doesn't directly affect the content of my last post. You must read this post if… Read More

Monday, 25 September 2017

Ella McKendrick on Black Rock Viewpoint, Kenmore Scotland

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