Day 1: Arriving in Namibia in style
Looking out the window of the plane on arrival in Windhoek, I noticed a KLM plane with flags out of the cockpit window and a welcoming party on the Tarmac. As it turned out this wasn't a celebration of my arrival, but the new direct flight from Amsterdam to Windhoek, something that will only increase the fast growing popularity of Namibia for an outstanding safari.
As I got through arrivals I was met by Martin and whisked away into Windhoek and the Olive Exclusive Guesthouse where I would be staying for the night. A lovely place in a quite area of town, with spacious and extremely comfortable rooms, offering everything you would want after your flight.
Later that afternoon my car was delivered and I had a thorough briefing of this and my itinerary for the next two weeks. With my itinerary, maps and new wheels I was more than ready for my self drive adventure. But first was an enjoyable dinner at Joe's, famed for its bushmeat sosaties (kebabs) and steaks.
In the morning it was time to hit the road. I set off North with about a 2 and a half to three hour drive to Okonjima Plains Camp, my destination for the night. Arriving in time for lunch and the opportunity to head out on a game drive in search of some of their radio collared leopards. We were lucky to see two separate females, both very relaxed and offering us all the chance of getting some great photos. Our guide explained the importance of the reserve and how it moved from a cattle ranch to this haven for these big cats. Plenty of general game was seen, with oryx, springbok, warthogs, Hartman's Mountain zebra and a pair of bat-eared foxes.
This was all finished off with the unmissable sundowner on top of a ridge overlooking the reserve with gin and tonics in hand it was a happy group all round.