two well-travelled nws clients make their first visit to namibia
The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa, for he has so much to look forward to. – Richard Mullin
We departed Houston on October 6 for our evening flight to London, the first leg of a 33-hour trip to reach a country in Africa that we have always had on our “bucket list”. Loving adventure travel, we had made some long treks before, and as with previous trips the arrival in Namibia erased almost all the memories of our 26 hours in the air, long layovers, two nights of “sleep” on planes in our economy seats, and more airplane meals than we care to remember.
Our previous trips to Africa were to Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Madagascar. The logistics of combining Namibia as part of a previous trip had never worked out timing-wise. We can say, without hesitation, that we wish that we had tried harder to make it work and hadn’t waited so long to visit this magical country. We really had no idea what to expect – even though, as always, we researched the country and the trip locations. However, reading and research about Namibia does not prepare you for being in Namibia.
There are no strangers in this world, only friends I haven’t met yet.– William Butler Yeats
We have been incredibly fortunate to have visited six countries in Africa – four of them on safaris planned by Natural World Safaris. This trip, however, was our first “small group” trip. We couldn’t help but worry just a bit about how seven total strangers from different continents and a guide might “get along” together for 10 days on the road, eating three meals a day together and spending long days of road travel in a 4x4.
It only took our first day of travel and getting to know each other to realise that we had met wonderful new friends, and as everyone who travels knows, their guide is “always the best guide in the world”! This trip was no exception – our guide Usko was incredible – the best of the best, and over those 10 incredible days of travel, he was not only the leader of our “pack of intrepid adventure travellers” but also our guardian, teacher and most of all, our friend. We were learning about Namibia and also about the three continents and four countries that our group represented.