After close to two years of being bound in the capital city of Windhoek, we finally managed to go to the coastal town, Swakopmund, on holiday. Yes and thank you.Continue reading “Exhale”
Hello everybody. I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last wrote; where does the time go??
Oh happy day
My husband and I finally made our long anticipated trip to the coast at the beginning of May. Accommodation in the coastal town of Swakopmund is hard to come by especially during public and school holidays so we almost didn’t go until we fortuitously came across a gorgeous ocean view flat on Airbnb. The apartment made our 4-day holiday all the more memorable; it was beautiful and serene, just what we needed. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone look to stay in Swakopmund on holiday.
When I go on holiday one of my favourite things to do is to wake up early in the morning and watch the sun rise, if I’m in a location that allows that, or to simply do quiet time and centre myself. So on one of the mornings I got up early and went to the Jetty in an attempt to watch the sun rise. However, nature had other plans for it was cold and cloudy that morning. But I would not be deterred. I braved a cold, windy and lonesome walk up the jetty. The view was still beautiful with the clouds looking somewhat illuminated by the sun behind them. Due to the biting cold I didn’t stay long on the jetty but I did sit on the beach for a while watching the soothing rhythm of the rough waves rushing towards the shore.
I love lazy holidays. Having no agenda, not checking your watch for time, simply going with the wind. That’s what all holidays should be like.
We spent our days either in the apartment enjoying the view from our balcony or exploring our surroundings. We drove to the harbour town, Walvis Bay, about 30km south of Swakopmund. The road to Walvis Bay (which is part of the Trans-Kalahari Corridor) is an attraction on its own – on the one side is the Namib desert and on the other is the Atlantic Ocean. The views are absolutely beautiful. In the far distance you can usually see huge oil rigs and ships.
Business vs Leisure
Most people know of Walvis Bay as it’s the only deep sea harbour on the Namibian coastline. However, tourists generally prefer Swakopmund over Walvis Bay, and one trip to both towns will tell you why. The former has a strong chilled/holiday/easy life vibe; the town itself is a tourist attraction. Whereas the latter has a more business-as-usual feel. When you get to Swakop all you want to do is kick of your shoes, wear beach clothes, get some sunscreen on and head to the beach. But when you’re in Walvis it feels as if you’re just on your way to work and everyone around you is busy with business. Though, to be fair, Walvis has a gorgeous lagoon and some pretty good bars and pubs!
No holiday is complete without a couple of sun downers – am I right or am I right? Because we’d found such bargain accommodation right on the beach, we had stunning views of the sun setting over the ocean. Go to the balcony, add good music, a glass of whiskey and have your person right beside you – voila, you have everything you ever needed in life 🙂 That’s all we did for all three evenings we were there and it was well worth it. To life and to thriving!
We’re almost halfway through January and I’m still reminiscing about the highlights of my 2016. 2016 was a hard year in many ways but it also had a couple of beautiful surprises, mostly in the form of travel, for me and mine. Most of the travelling was sort of impromptu – and that’s always the best – and some was planned well in advance, and that was good too. Here are some of the pics I took, enjoy.
Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa
We started the year in a foresty town called Tzaneen in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. This area has the most vibrant vegetation I have seen in my life and such beautiful scenery.
Johannesburg, South Africa
A couple of months later in April, my husband surprised me with an air ticket to Johannesurg, South Africa for a short stay with my oldest and closest friend. It was a very unexpected but most welcome birthday gift. I love him for it, and for a lot of other things.
Mutare, Eastern Highlands, Zimbabwe
Within a month we were in the Eastern Highlands region of Zimbabwe, my ultimate happy place. We stayed with friends in a beautiful lodge called Chengeta Lodge
And then about a week later, we were in a houseboat on Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe; courtesy of my in-laws. Lake Kariba is among the 4 largest man-made lakes in the world and the second largest in Africa. It also contains a large number of petrified Mopane trees. The wood that has been submerged for years has been transformed from organic matter into minerals; petrified wood is a fossil. It makes for really beautiful scenery on the lake. Lake Kariba is home to bream, Tigerfish and kapenta; a variety of birds can also be seen on and around the lake.
We spent a whole 5 days on the lake and it was absolutely glorious; the most restful holiday I’ve ever had! Sadly, we witnessed first hand the effects of the drought in Zimbabwe as the water levels were at an all time low.
Unbeknownst to me, the next big trip I was going to embark on would be a move from home to the beautiful land of Namibia as we moved to resettle there about four months later. Similar to Zimbabwe, Namibia has breathtaking scenery and a lot of sites to visit and enjoy.
Tzaneen, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Being ‘funemployed’, and having frustrating challenges with my Namibian visa, I travelled to Johannesburg in October once again. Ironically, I ended up hiking in Tzaneen, where I had been earlier in the year. It was a two day hike in the middle of a beautiful forest and it was grueling but fun.
Then to round off the year, we did a trip to the coast. My first trip to the Namibian coastline. I absolutely loved it, and I can’t wait to go back for a longer stay. I wrote about the irony of the desert meeting the ocean about a week ago, you can check it out here – Where the desert meets the ocean.
So you see, 2016 wasn’t an all bad year. I’ve found the good in mine, and I’m sure you can do the same with your 2016. And as you find the good I hope you find strength and courage to move forward in 2017.
Water in all its forms has a strange way of soothing my soul; whether it’s in the form of rain or snow or as part of my cup of coffee, it always does the trick. A few days ago I experienced it in the form of the ocean where the Namib desert meets the Atlantic Ocean in Namibia. Beautiful stuff. Watching the waves on a deserted beach in the wee hours of the morning helped me process..I still have much more processing to do..more on that later. For now I’ll tell you a bit more about my desert\ocean experience. I still find it pretty ironic that an arid desert meets life-giving water, so to speak, and both remain seemingly unchanged. Having lightly researched on the Namib desert I’ve learnt that it’s the oldest desert in the world (some 43 million years old, eeek!) and stretches along the entire Namibian coastline; it even spills over into Angola in the north and South Africa in the south. The desert is also known for the second largest dunes after a Chinese desert. Here are a few photos I took: