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Another “Bucket List” trip to check off.  I just completed a 18 day trip to Namibia with a short layover and evening tour in Doha, Qatar - the entire trip including travel time encompassed approximately 25 days.  Namibia was another of those “bucket list” trips that was in the top five places I wanted to visit and photograph.  The actual trip involved my driving approximately 1,600 miles (2,600 kilometers) in a rented Nissan SUV 4WD, starting in Windhoek.  You can check out my map below.  (I started the rip in Windhoek and went in a clockwise direction.)  I explored Kolmanskop (an abandoned diamond mining town and one of my favorite places), Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, the Skeleton Coast, the sand dunes outside Walvis Bay - home of one of the world’s best surfing breaks (Donkey Bay but it was flat) and the Zeila shipwreck.  It was a great trip!  The trip started with my departing from Los Angeles on Saturday, January 19, 2019 and returning back home on February 12th - a total of approximately 25 days.  Driving on the “wrong side of the road - at least for me - is always a challenge, but I’m happy to report no issues, and NO FLATS either, considering I would estimate my driving on gravel/dirt roads for a distance of at least 1,000 miles.  I would be happy to share my experiences with anyone contemplating a trip to Namibia, and offer some suggestions which might help make your trip extra-special.  In my opinion Namibia is definitely a highly recommended destination.  (Note:  More images to come.)  See this page for more Kolmanskop images.

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Kolmanskop

Wild Horse of the Namib Desert

Quiver Tree Forest - Karas, Namibiap

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Deadvlei

Canyon Roadhouse

Black-Backed Jackal (canis mesomelas) - Walvis Bay

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Zeila Shipwreck - Skeleton Coast

Dune 45 - Sossusvlei

Tropic of Capricorn - Wikipedia

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Lodge Name & Activities

Location

Rating

River Crossing Lodge

Windhoek

4

Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge

Kalkrand

5

Bird’s Nest Guest

Keetmanshoop

4

Canyon Roadhouse

Hobas

4

Desert Horse Inn

Aus

5

Nest Hotel

Luderitz

4

Hotel Helmeringhausen

Helmeringhausen

2

Sossus Dune Lodge

Sesriem

3-4

Rostock Ritz

32 miles north of Solitaire on C4

4

Pelican Point Lodge

Walvis Bay

5

Lagoon Lodge

Walvis Bay

4+

Spitzkoppen Lodge

Grootspitzkop

5

Villa Violet

Windhoek

4

Turnstone Tours

Coast, Dunes and Sandwich Harbor

5

Bidvest Car Hire

Windhoek Airport

5

Kolmanskop Hospital

Map of my trip.  Approximately 2,600 km or 1,600 miles - 18 days.

Schedule and Ratings

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Dirk, the owner at Pelican Point Lodge - Walvis Bay

My trustworthy Nissan X-Trail

Getting ready to bath tub surf in Kolmanskop

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Garub, Namibia Abandoned Train Station

Pelican Point Lodge - Walvis Bay

Black-Backed Jackal - Walvis Bay

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Fish River Canyon

Pied Crow of Namiia

Solitaire, Namibia

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Khaubeb, Namibia

Dune 45 - Sossusvlei

Kalahari Desert Sundowner

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Museum of Islamic Art - Doha

Doha Skyline

Flight from Windhoek to Doha - 787 Dreamliner

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Sandwich Harbor

Sunset on the Kalahari

At the Tropic of Capricorn

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Near Aus, Namibia

Canyon Roadhouse

Luderitz

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Solitaire

Walvis Bay Flamingos

On our way to Sandwich Harbor - Walvis Bay

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Usakos, Namibia

Asab, Namibia

Canyon Roadhouse - Hobas, Namibia