Whales, Wildlife & Wilderness                                                                                                                                                 Pam & Wayne Osborn

Namibia

In July 2012 we began a 4,800 kilometre photographic ramble through Namibia. This safari was the brainchild of our close friend Denis Glennon. Our wanderings through Namibia's spectacular landscape  was supported by a basic, but trusty 70 Series Toyota Landcruiser.

 

An omnipresent dust plume tagged our caravan of seven 4WD's as we navigated Namibia's largely unsealed road network. We chased the light as photographers do through the pre-dawn silence to the post-sunset afterglow.  It  made for long days, expropriating the times when you would rather be still tucked in bed or enjoying that first glass in the evening.

 

Our travels took us south from Windhoek to the Quiver Forest at Keetmanshoop, west across the Namib desert to Luderitz and Kolmanskop. We then trekked north to the dune country of Sossusvlei and through to Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

 

Then it was past the Skeleton Coast (through the set of Mad Max: Fury Road) to Grootberg Plateau. In a remote corner of this harsh and arid land  we spent a wonderful morning with a Himba tribe.

 

Etosha National Park was next then Okonjima and finally back to Windhoek after 21 days on the road.

 

In July 2015 we returned again to visit the Fish River Canyon, Kolmanskop, Sossusvlei, Kaokoland and the Kunene River. Naturally we went back to our favourite waterholes in Etosha.

 

Namibia is a young country in an ancient land. It is sparsely populated with immense tracts of wilderness. Formerly known as South West Africa, it was colonised by Germany and then South Africa. A bloody war of independence culminated in Namibia raising its own flag in the capital Windhoek in 1990.