Don’t we all have that one favourite place we’d love to hideout at for a little while… but it seems too far or just a tad pricy? And often we settle on never trying to go on that holiday and rather linger at those creative Insta-stories and Instagram photos that all seem surreal, and the little green monster creeps in for a short period. – Eventually, one realises it’s time to turn this chivvy wanderlust for a Namibian experience into a reality.
So, here are a few beautifully curated Instagram posts that surely whisper sweet glimpses of Namibia and maybe you too could steal a moment at any of them on your visit:
- One of the major advantages of the clear Namibian desert air is being able to see and I mean really see the stunning night sky. It is like being in a real-world planetarium with every constellation and celestial body winking at you!
2. We had been at Kolmanskop for almost the entire morning, and when we were about to leave I wanted to look at one more building, probably the drabbest on the outside. The morning had cloaked the town in cloud and sea mist, creating a lovely grey and flat light, but as it burnt through it created this incredible labyrinth of shadows through the slats of the roof inside.
3. It’s hard to convey how huge the dunes around Sossusvlei actually are but you can get some sense here. The Big Daddy rising up behind Ross is the world’s biggest dune rising up 325 metres high and taking a good hour or two to climb. It’s no wonder this area is so popular with photographers. The scale of the dunes and the way they constantly shift with the light of the day means you could spend a lifetime here with a camera and still be finding something new in this landscape which really does deserve the adjective of ‘epic’.
4.The Burchell’s Zebras are distinguished from their mountain cousins by the orange stripes which float between their signature black and white stripes, seen here against a massive cumulonimbus in Etosha National Park, one of the world’s biggest game reserves.
5. I did not see the Big Five in the Etosha National Park, but still had beautiful goose bumps during our safari with Gondwana Collection. I did not expect to see any kind of animal so I was more than happy I had the chance to see lions, giraffes and other animals. I’m always trying to travel without any big expectations as it’s better to take life as it comes and it always has many surprises in store.
6. This is a Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill, and I have always liked hornbills. They can’t be mistaken as any other bird, with their beaks taking up so much of their silhouette. They often take up residence on small trees to lookout for insects and arachnids, although this guy seemed more interested in the tree he was perched on.
7.The Namushasha Heritage Centre sits near the Kwando River. It introduces visitors to the customs, traditions and history of the local area. Additionally, provides the local community, like 19 year old Castay, with employment. There was also a demonstration of inventions like the hippo drum and stories. It’s easy to see these villages as the equivalent of working medieval villages you find in Europe, but here it seems more closely bonded to the here and now in northern Namibia. It’s where many villages happily carry out a rural existence that seems like it hadn’t changed in eons.
8. Growing up in South Africa, the huge cumulonimbus that would unleash storms were a regular occurrence, so it was thrilling to experience it all over again in Namibia. This spectacular rain cloud was lit up by the setting sun in the Zambezi region.
As a glare upon each post prolongs, so do unique stories unravel. – Perhaps It’s time to stop waiting on all pieces of your puzzle to be flawlessly in place and just book that dream holiday with Gondwana Collection to finally share your captivating Namibian story!
Which Instagram post inspired an urge to visit Namibia? Where would you ideally love to unravel your story in Namibia? Let us know by sharing your story in the comment section below.
Author – I’m Nela, from Windhoek Namibia but born in a small village called Omatunda in northern Namibia. I am passionate about writing, research and photography, as it helps me gain knowledge about people and my country.