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Namibia: a place of rumoured beauty

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Windhoek, Khomas, Namibia.

Many people had told us about how beautiful Namibia is; how the Namib Desert is a wonderful place to explore in a 4×4, how beautiful the Brandberg Mountain is in the sunset, how German architecture and planning permeates the city of Windhoek, and how rugged the Skeleton Coast is with its shipwrecks and whale skeletons. They weren’t wrong. It is one of the most beautiful countries we have visited so far. We saw the wonderful rock paintings of Twyfelfontein, wildcamped in the vast emptiness of the Namib Desert, drove offroad on the beaches of the Skeleton Coast, hiked through the scorching heat in the Fish River Canyon, and visited the Brandberg Mountain. There were many other highlights as well. Namibia is also an easy country to travel through and the people are very friendly. Indeed, Twan’s photos speak for themselves.

We had expected to be able to get our visas for Angola, Congo-Kinshasa and Congo-Brazzaville in Windhoek, which was true for the last two countries, but the Angolan embassy told us, and I quote, to “f*ck off”, because we weren’t residents of Namibia. That meant we had to drive 2,000 kilometres to Zambia to try again there. Luckily, the woman at the Angolan embassy in Lusaka was infinitely friendlier, and we got the very expensive ($200 each) visas within a few days. We did, however, get two weeks in Angola instead of the usual five days, which allowed us to see more of the country. We also tried to apply at the Congo-Kinshasa embassy in Lusaka, but they initially wouldn’t allow us to do so either. In the end we were told it was possible, but they gave us no guarantees that our applications would be accepted. Moreover, it would take a while to get all of the documents in order. So, we drove the 2,000 kilometres back to Windhoek, which means we have driven the length of the Caprivi Strip three times now. Back in Windhoek, we applied for visas for both Congos successfully without many problems.

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