Three Alternatives to Kruger Park in South Africa

Kruger National Park is highly lauded and applauded as being the best park for safaris in South Africa. As one of the largest game reserves in the entire African continent, I guess it’s not hard to see why. But if you are looking for something less touristy and more off-the-beaten-path, here are three varied and…

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Touring South African’s ChaZen Reserve

Joe’s bright eyes pierced into mine. “If he charges the fence,” he said, “You need to stand your ground. Don’t run away. You got it?” I nodded. We were standing knee deep in the bush, alongside a thin wire fence where, just beyond, a massive male African lion was thoughtfully sniffing the air. But this…

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Discovering Pilanesberg National Park

The car in front of us was stopped next to a huge acacia thorn bush. Behind them, we looked impatiently at each other. What could they possibly be looking at when parked next to a bush? The question answered itself not two seconds later, when a gigantic horned head swung out in front of the…

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Travel Inspiration: The Ghost Town in Photos

Kolmanskop, otherwise known as the Ghost Town, is an old diamond-mining town just outside of Lüderitz. It was founded at the beginning of last century, back when Namibia was known as the colony of German South West Africa. Explorers found diamonds that had been washed over by the Orange River, and boom! a diamond rush began. Residents—many…

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Travel Inspiration: Sossusvlei in Photos

The last few posts have been pretty wordy,  so let’s let the pictures say their thousand words. Pin it!

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Is Namibia for me? 

One of the questions I frequently get asked by friends or family when I get back from a trip is, “Would I like it?” Most times it’s a fairly easy answer, “Sure, it’s not that different from [home]”. Maybe you, like me, don’t have a great idea of what Namibia is, beyond a vague connection to…

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How to Drive in the Sand at Sossusvlei

Driving in sand is one of those things that sounds way easier than it is. Though we were cautioned repeatedly about how hard (and dangerous) it can be, we remained swaggeringly confident that it couldn’t be that hard. So it should surprise no one that within thirty seconds of hurtling off the tar round into…

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Visiting the Dunes at Sossusvlei

“Tim, I give you permission to drive up to 100 km/ph. If anyone stops you, they’ll see you’re with the big boss of the park.” We were on what must be the nicest tar road in Namibia. In front of us, the heat warped the perspective of the road. On either side, flat yellow ground…

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Tips for Driving in Namibia

Driving in Namibia is an epic adventure—and pretty much the only way to truly experience it. The country is vast and abandoned; while flying over the landscapes is also beautiful, part of the fun is taking in every different element. The crumbling, shifting gravel roads. The dry air pouring in from an open window. The…

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Self-Drive Namibia: The Route

“What made you think of Namibia for a vacation?” Tim asked, halfway through our Namibia road trip. Truthfully, tt was the moment I was flipping through a National Geographic and saw this photo:Something about it deeply appealed to me—the wild emptiness, the strange and beautiful animal. And in person, I found Namibia to be exactly…

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