There is a wave, a complete natural phenomenom of moving sand which, as of 10 years ago, created arguably the greatest wave on the planet. Donkey Bay, Namibia.
Two kilometers of unsectioned, below sea-level, grinding barrels which cause even the best surfers on the planet to drop their jaws in awe when in it’s presence. An ever shifting chunk of sand which is predicted to move further north, changing its shape and no longer be the wave that it is today. On a three-week visit, I was lucky enough to coincide with an amazing swell and experience a wave which is on every surfers bucket list.
Namibia by far boasts the most diverse landscapes i’ve ever witnessed. From enormous sand dunes, endlessly flat and barren pans, sudden eruptions of rock formations and skeleton coasts littered with shipwrecks where the Namib desert meets the sea.
I often found that even a four hour drive would reveal four complete different terrains that looked more like another planet to me. There are sections between Solitaire and Swakpomund where the angled platelets of rock would protrude the surface in a stunning display of geology.
It’s easy to develop preconceived notions of Africa, and it’s people, being less than safe for travellers. However, from my experience, this couldn’t be more further from the truth.
The Namibian and Botswanan people wore a constant and welcoming smile across their face and every passing of a local was met with intrigue and welcome. A genuine and honest interaction I hadn’t encountered with any other culture. Northern Namibia is also known for having a population of Himba People, a nomadic, unmistakably ochre-skinned tribespeople originally from Angola and still living unchanged in their mud huts today.