Every year in May I return to Africa to catch up with old friends in the safari business. It’s the month our annual Safari Trade Show takes place in Cape Town.

And when I’m there I always take the opportunity to visit a part of Africa that I have not visited for some time. This year I’m revisiting an ancient land called Namibia, home to the world’s oldest desert.

As I make my plans to fly into Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, I’m reminded of the first time I went to Namibia. It was 1970 and I was taking a break from studies at University in South Africa.

And what a contrast between my first visit and this latest visit! My first visit I was riding a motorcycle. I frequently found myself off the road and bouncing across the desert. The long straight roads lulled me into a stupor.

Motorcycle Diaries Namibia  

Motorcycle Diaries Namibia  

Motorcycle Diaries Namibia

On this occasion I am flying; from Cape Town to Windhoek, and from lodge to lodge, as I make my way around Namibia.  Just as you will when you book a Flying Safari to Namibia with Holden Safaris.

Kwessi Dunes Small Plane Landing (Credit: Natural Selection)

Another difference between my first visit and when you visit may be the way you admire the world’s tallest sand dunes in the world. The images below show the adventurous way to see the sand dunes and a more relaxed way. The adventurous way is called “dune surfing”!

  Motorcycle Diaries Namibia 

Climbing the Dunes (credit: Natural Selection)

You’ll also be surprised to see lions, elephants, giraffes, and the elegant orxy antelope, all living in the desert.

Hoanib Valley Lioness (credit: Natural Selection)  

Hoanib Valley Camp Elephants (credit: Natural Selection)  

Giraffe (credit Natural Selection)  

Oryx (credit: Natural Selection)  

And while the somewhat austere and forlorn looking tent beside the motorcycle in the image below was my abode on my first visit;

Motorcycle Diaries Namibia  

you’ll be in much more luxurious surroundings as in the images below:

Accommodation double room  

Shipwreck Lodge View (credit: Natural Selection) 

Shipwreck Lodge Misty Cabins  (credit: Natural Selection)

Although safaris are booming and lodges filling up, as the seal colony in Namibia shows us, there’s always room for one more!

Shipwreck Lodge Seal Colony (credit: Natural Selection)

So please call me on 949 500 0094 to find out more about a Flying Safari to Namibia.

Yendani bwino (Have a great safari!)

Safari Jim

Jim Holden on Safari

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