No doubt, you've seen interesting and wonderful photos of the Himba women of Namibia. Their skin and hair that are completely covered in a reddish hue, the lack of clothing apart from a loin cloth, and their beautifully braided hair covered in ash and jewelry intended to convey social status.
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Last year, our family traveled to Namibia with 600 other intrepid travelers for the annual Adventure Travel World Summit. Given Namibia's recent nod by the New York Times, as number 6 of the 52 Places to Go in 2014, we were not disappointed at all when witnessing amazing wildlife in the Kalahari Desert, staying in phenomenal lodges in Namib Desert, and learning about communal conservancies. By the same token though, we could not understand why, at every turn, tiny 8 ounce water bottles were distributed (and wasted), rather than the option to refill our reusable water containers with fresh water.
Last month, our family had the pleasure of attending an authentic Braai (barbeque) in the beautiful Parliament Gardens of Namibia's capital, Windhoek. There were tribal groups who were performing traditional dances and displaying their artistic crafts in addition to a vast buffet of food and drink. To top it off, we were graced with the presence of President Pohamba.
It was our family's first trip to Africa last month, but after just a few days of traveling through Southern Namibia, we quickly realized that it would not be our last to this amazing continent. We simply fell in love with the spectacle of color (all shades of our son's favorite color red), wildlife, culture and song. While this one minute video does not do the country true justice, it features our experience through the southern regions of the Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Aus and Namib Desert.
The countdown has begun! One month from today, our family will be setting off to Namibia for an authentic African safari!! Given all the questions we've received about Namibia, I thought it would be interesting to post this infographic from 'My Destination' that takes a look at then of the most interesting facts about country, including that it is home to the biggest single piece of meteor on Earth and that its total land mass is equal to the combined total land mass of Spain and Germany.