A road trip is my favourite way of seeing any country from up close, getting to meet the people who make it unique and just enjoying the space and solitude. Northern Namibia is the perfect place for just such a road trip with spectacular scenery, open roads, little traffic (most of the time) and friendly people.
There are 4 entry gates to the Etosha National Park, the mostly easterly one is via the Von Lindequist Gate which is a few kilometres before Namutoni Camp. It's around 113 km to the gate from Tsumeb, all of it on a good tar road, inside the park it’s all gravel. Namutoni is actually an old German fort and is a pretty unique spot with a long history. The area abounds in game, from elephant, giraffe, lion, zebra, oryx and amazing bird life.
I love Swakopmund, it’s a wonderful small city, like a little piece of Europe in the African desert. The streets are clean, bustling shops, restaurants and pubs, with a great beachfront. The city has a fair bit of history, having been founded in 1892 as the main harbour for the German colony. It also has a sad history as the scene of an internment camp for local Herero prisoners during the early 20th century Herero rebellion.
I've spent much less time in the north of Namibia than the south, so photos are limited, I do hope to be able to fix that, a future visit is in the planning stages, so watch this space.