Top that off with big skies,
highly trained medical practitioners who are skilled in a variety of ailments,
with brilliant views,
and heaps of wildlife,
One of the highlights was a two hour flight a couple of hundred feet above the Sossusvlei (a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes) located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
The Namib Naukluft abuts the dunes of the Skeleton Coast and you can see how that piece of coastline got it's name.
If you were a shipwrecked sailor here who couldn't walk 100km of sand-dunes and desert, your chances of survival were slim.
scenic flights over amazing dunes,
Basically, we picked up a 4WD at the airport, then spent 11 days four-wheel-driving, hiking, lazing and camping. In between that we did some white water rafting, paddling inflatable canoes down a crocodile infested river,
camping under the stars, and coming eyeball to eyeball with elephants.
Two weeks in Namibia just wasn't long enough and it's official! Namibia is now our favourite African country by a long shot.
Etosha National Park is also the favourite national park (so far) not just for the animals but for the quality of the campsites and value for money. Serengeti and Ngorogo were great but if you are thinking of visiting a national park in Africa, Etosha in Namibia is definitely the place. Not only do they have wildlife and plains to rival the Serengeti
but you get it to yourself
and the campsites are resort quality. Great places to chill by the pool after the dawn patrol.
but best you don't try to jump in front of them at a queue as they can be a bit cantankerous...
Who'd have thought they'd bite?
Even the lions don't seem as aggressive and will bring the entire family to be photographed at the sight of a camera (bloody attention seekers that they are).
It's hard to describe just how special the place is. Pictures can't do it justice. Suffice to say, a return visit for 3 or 4 weeks next year is being planned!