Wine Tasting in Namibia

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More than once I’ve mentioned that I didn’t do a great deal of research or planning for my Namibia trip. But there was one very important subject I looked into with great detail: wine. Specifically whether anyone produces it there. The answer – obvious from the title of this post – is yes, there are wine producers in Namibia. Four of them, actually. But only three are open for tasting....
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Seals and Shipwrecks on the Skeleton Coast

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For the most part, I believe that travel is and can be affordable and accessible. There’s usually a way to visit even dream destinations like Bora Bora on a budget. But there are a few places that can only be visited if you have a good chunk of money sitting around. Or a job that takes you there. One of those is the northern stretch of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. Access...
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Wildlife of Namibia Part 2

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As mentioned in a recent post about plants, Namibia wildlife astounded me day after day. I’ve been in Africa for more than six months now and have seen an overwhelming amount and variety of animals. Even the ones I see regularly such as baboons and goats still excite me. Unless I’m seeing those baboons in a campsite, then I’m not a fan.   In South Africa and Swaziland, most game...
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Wildlife of Namibia Part 1

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When I set out for Namibia, I figured the only place I’d see wild animals would be Etosha National Park. Maybe I’d see oryx and springbok, almost certainly a few baboons, perhaps a flock of flamingos. But my quick research told me it was the wrong time of year to see desert elephants and the thousand-beast herds of antelope that once roamed the country are no longer. I had no...
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Sossusvlei: So Much More Than Sand Dunes

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As a 19-year-old student I visited Pompeii and marveled at the lives people led during the Roman Empire. That mankind had existed with such complexity for so long, only to be destroyed by one quick blow from mother nature, overwhelmed me. When I sat alone and contemplated the history of people on this planet, tears came to my eyes. I couldn’t understand why I cried but I let myself feel...
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Lüderitz & Kolmanskop

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According to Lonely Planet, Lüderitz “has long been a traveler’s favorite.” I’ve consulted Lonely Planet intermittently for nearly twenty years and this statement is further proof of the series’ declining reliability and usefulness. It’s an interesting place to stop and definitely worth a visit when traveling through Namibia but by no means will it make any list of this traveler’s favorites. Nearby Kolmanskop, however, is a different story. Walking around...
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Namibia: an unexpected road trip

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When I flew to Africa last year I had a few ideas of where I might travel but knew that there was no point in making specific plans. My path would be determined by experiences had and people met along the way. Getting to Victoria Falls and connecting with friends in South Africa was a must, as was diving in Tofo and anywhere else I could. Other than that, I’d...
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An Ode to South Africa

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Oh South Africa, How Do I Love Thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height Of your oceans, coastlines, and mountains, Filled with new friends and endless beauty.   I love thee to the level of every day’s Most active need, with sun and wind, flora and fauna.   I love thee freely, as a traveler strives for adventure. I love thee...
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Diving in South Africa: Sodwana Bay & Aliwal Shoal

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Writing diving posts isn’t easy. I basically want to put up a bunch of pictures, knowing some of them aren’t very good but hoping that they’ll give you an idea of what the diving is like. There’s only so much I can write about my love of being underwater or why that is. While I’d love to provide some thoughtful remarks on the diving experiences I had, this blog is...
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