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My Timeless Journey to Namibia

My Timeless Journey to Namibia | African Safari with Taga

My Timeless Journey to Namibia | African Safari with Taga

My Timeless Journey to Namibia

A few weeks ago I visited Namibia for the very first time. When I imagined the journey ahead I envisioned a variety of animal sightings while travelling across breathtaking landscapes. I didn’t imagine that my trip would in fact offer so much more than this and that tracking lions and capturing beautiful pictures were just a small part of the overall experience.

My Timeless Journey to Namibia | African Safari with Taga

My Timeless Journey to Namibia

Desert-adapted elephant in the Hoanib Riverbed. Photograph by Kate Collins

I spent seven days in Namibia but realised that time doesn’t matter when you are in the middle of nowhere, engulfed in utter beauty. It was in Namibia that I experienced how Wilderness Safaris essentially uses the beauty and mystery of this continent to benefit everyone living here. It’s not just about desert-adapted elephant, lion or rhino, just some of the obvious attractions in these desert areas, but also how these and other species have helped create a viable future for local communities.

My Timeless Journey to Namibia | African Safari with Taga

My Timeless Journey to Namibia

One of the young lionesses featured in the Vanishing Kings documentary. Photograph by Kate Collins

Don’t get me wrong, when you do finally see a desert-adapted lion ( I recommend watching at least one of the Vanishing Kings documentaries before your trip) – you will be in complete awe! If you have watched Vanishing Kings you will intrigued to see how the story unfolds in real time on your game drive… Seeing a lion for the first time was an incredible experience. I almost wished I could pull up a chair and have a heart-to-heart conversation with the lion! I would ask the lion a few burning questions…. “So how hard is it out here? How often do you eat? How do you live with the fear of human-wildlife conflict that has taken so much away from you?” But… lions are lions so you keep your camera in your hands and your body at a safe distance.

My Timeless Journey to Namibia | African Safari with Taga

My Timeless Journey to Namibia

Photograph by Kate Collins

The first camp I visited was Little Kulala Lodge where a bird left a rather large deposit on the bridge of my nose. This sudden interruption left me baffled for a good few seconds. Was something leaking from the roof? It was not until my colleague, Kate, burst out in laughter, and after hearing the excited chirping of the birds above me, that I really understood what was going on. It was hard not to laugh as this is supposed to be good luck! I soon understood why all the mouth-watering tea snacks were beautifully tucked away under nets.

My Timeless Journey to Namibia | African Safari with Taga

My Timeless Journey to Namibia

Kulala Desert Lodge

In a strange way maybe this was a stroke of luck because soon after this I was treated to Namibia’s most beautiful landscapes, day after day. Each camp had a unique offering and each time I thought I had seen the prettiest sunset I would wake up to an even more mesmerising one!

My Timeless Journey to Namibia | African Safari with Taga

My Timeless Journey to Namibia

The swing chairs at Little Kulala 

To this day, when I close my eyes, I can still feel the serenity of sitting on the swinging chair at Little Kulala, allowing the desert to completely transport me into a timeless zone as I gazed at the dunes in the distance.

My Timeless Journey to Namibia | African Safari with Taga

My Timeless Journey to Namibia

Siba and Kate at Doro Nawas Camp

I remember the afternoon I spent nibbling on dried fruit and nuts on the top of a mountain, staring over the beautiful valley below, a time that allowed me to completely disconnect from everything around me. We had spent that afternoon at Doro Nawas tracking elephants along a dry riverbed. Unfortunately the elephants were nowhere to be seen as recent rain had driven them off into the mountains.

My Timeless Journey to Namibia | African Safari with Taga

My Timeless Journey to Namibia | African Safari with Taga

My Timeless Journey to Namibia

The Hoanib River after rains in late April. Photograph by Kate Collins

The next sunset spot was at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp where we stood on the banks of the Hoanib River watching the water thunder past us from the late rains. Just a few metres away a tower of giraffe stood feeding on an acacia tree. It was magnificent. There was no time to worry about the little things in life, there was only time to be present and relish each moment.

My Timeless Journey to Namibia | African Safari with Taga

My Timeless Journey to Namibia | African Safari with Taga

My Timeless Journey to Namibia

It was not until I watched my guide at Damaraland Camp stop his vehicle and walk to pick up an out-of-place Coca-Cola bottle that it dawned on me just how vast an impact Wilderness Safaris has on this unreal landscape. It is only then that I really understood what Wilderness Safaris means when referring to the conservation of ‘pristine’ and ‘untouched’ wilderness.

My Timeless Journey to Namibia | African Safari with Taga

My Timeless Journey to Namibia

Breakfast surprise at Damaraland Camp

The day I got back to South Africa I looked at everything with a new perspective. I noticed how overcrowded we are in the city, the unpleasant smells at every corner and the ‘generous’ sprinkling of litter found everywhere. Nothing felt authentic or ‘pristine’ in anyway. I don’t even think I knew what pristine really meant before I went to Namibia.

I’m back home now and it has become much less of an effort for me to be environmentally conscious. I refill my water bottles religiously now, I’m no longer using straws and I’ve been planning to buy my mom the same solar light jars that they use in the Wilderness camps as a way for us to save electricity. It’s a different world for me now and I want to play my part in conserving it.

My Timeless Journey to Namibia written by Sibahle Mncwango, Sustainability Communications Copywriter at Wilderness Safaris 

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2018-05-23T15:21:17+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Africa Travel News|