One of the most beautiful rooms I’ve ever stayed was built among the rocks situated just outside of Namib – Naukluft National Park – both an in and outdoor shower – full length window that opens up to the gorgeous scenery outside
Here’s the tour route – the Grand African Safari is a twenty day tour that begins at Capetown and ends at Victoria Falls – crossing through the following countries South Africa – Namibia – Botswana and Zimbabwe
The Encounters Travel Tour shuttle seats twenty four – at the back of the shuttle are large lockers to store our luggage – the sides of the shuttle open up for the crew to whip up our lunches and sometimes dinners as we often stop by the side of the road to eat – we only have nine in our group so we get to spread out – five from Australia – three from the USA and one from the HK – while traveling we all enjoy playing cards specially Uno – what a fun bunch – each seat has two phone chargers too which is AWESOME !!!!
Our chalets on the Orange River – the river is responsible for the diamond deposits along the Namibian coast – over millions of years it transported diamonds from the volcanic pipes in South Africa to the sea – from there the currents took them northward and the surf deposited them into the dune fields of Namib – gorgeous sunrise and sunset
Ai Ais is a wonderful resort where the indoor and outdoor pools are fed by hot 160 degree mineral water that is high in sulphur, chloride and fluoride and is said to be therapeutic – I took a dip after a long day of hiking and it felt great
Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in the world – we did quite a bit of hiking here and the views are EXTRAORDINARY – we had dinner at the lookout point and saw a beautiful sunset too – with Thandi our guide and Kim my travel companion
There are miles and miles of sand dunes in Namibia – only dune 45 is open to the public for hiking – it is approximately 100 yards high – if you can imagine walking in sand with the wind whipping around you at a pretty good clip it is quite an accomplishment to reach the top – the first photo is at the bottom where you can see the pathway up becomes very narrow – the second is half way up and the third is at the top – I was a bit winded and it was more difficult then I expected – most turn around and don’t make it to the top