Monthly Archives: December 2023

Chilling out

As I write this in my cosy study in Edinburgh Africa seems a long way away already. I got back just in time for a lovely Christmas with the family Chilling… As expected, the contrast between the Scottish Winter’s depth and the Namibian summer’s heat is extreme and welcome. After …

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Country Roads

Country roads …….. Take me home. One hundred twenty days is a long time in normal life, one-third of a year, but that amount of time spent gently stressing about routes, the car breaking down, finding somewhere to stay and staying safe, away from my family, is a bit exhausting. …

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Sunsets and Dunes

Sunsets and Dunes…. Namibia continues to surprise and challenge us as we explore the south of the country, our first stop is the sand sea of Sossusviel where we drive 60km into a deep valley surrounded on all sides by majestic dunes casting shadows in the slowely setting sun. We …

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A Sky Full of Stars

A sky full of stars In the Namibian desert we sip Earl Gray tea as we do every night and try to capture the vast beautiful clear star filled sky, badly, on our phones. A poor comparisons to the amazing 360 degree reality, but not a bad picture for a …

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Meet the Flintstones

Meet the Flintstones…. Over the last few days we have been indulging in a spot of history seeking, as the desert of Namibia are so dry rock etchings are not washed away but instead have survived in a number of sites for more than 6000 years. The paintings themselves are …

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Cool in all senses

Cool, in all senses….. We move over to the Skeleton coast of Namibia and are surprised by how cold it is, we are suddenly rummaging around for fleeces and long trousers after the dry heat of the desert. A cold current (Benguela) runs up the west side of Africa here …

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A tale of three rivers

A tale of three rivers…. At the end of our adventurous loop through the north west corner of Namibia, Duncan and I were feeling very pleased that we were on the last section of the route. We came around a corner and saw a great view of a running river …

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A walk on the wild side

A walk on the wild side …. Despite the luxury of the accommodation in Namibia there is no shortage of real expedition adventure. Duncan and I are travelling alone so decide to take a big loop through the remote north west corner of Namibia on a reasonably well travelled route. …

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The lap of luxury

The lap of luxury… There is massive contrast between the rest of the trip and Namibia. This is really overland travel heaven, it has all the wild, remote, spectacular and difficult routes that are as good as Bolivia or Kyrgyzstan, with the bonus of better wildlife, yet the evening camping …

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