Usually, I do a fair bit of reading and planning before I travel to a new country. But when I prepared my trip to Namibia, I missed one important thing: Of the 44,500 kilometers (27,700 miles) of roads in Namibia, less than 15% are paved. Since we didn’t know that before, we ended up renting a standard 2WD Toyota Yaris and drive hundreds of miles on unpaved roads with it. Stupid, exciting and adventurous. On our adventure through Namibia, we drifted off the road once, drove through rivers on 4WD-only roads and got stuck in the sand of the Namib Desert – and we got to see the incredible beauty of Nambia.
We have all seen it on a photograph before – the incredible, surreal dead trees and red sand dunes of Sossusvlei in Southern Namibia. The Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world and home to some of the highest dunes reaching over 400 m. In this post you will find out everything you need to know about traveling to Sossusvlei.
My flight from Lisbon landed 40 minutes early on the island of Sal in Cape Verde, an island nation off the west coast of Africa. I hand the immigration officer 25 Euro for the visa on arrival and my passport. He issues a receipt and puts a stamp into my passport. All within seconds. As I head out of the airport, a taxi driver asks for €15 to bring me to my apartment in Santa Maria in the south of the island – exactly the price I was told to pay by the owner. Wow! Is this really Africa? Immigration didn’t take hours and the taxi driver didn’t even try to rip me off. I really liked the first impression of Cape Verde – country number 104 on my journey to every country on the planet. But I would get to love the island even more during my two days on Sal.
The Danakil Depression in Northern Ethiopia is one of the most unique places on the planet. Boiling and steaming hot springs in breath-taking blue, yellow, green, red and orange colors, boiling lava lakes and a salt lake of epic proportion are just a few things that expect the few adventurers who dare visiting this hostile place.
Djibouti – a place few people have heard of before and even fewer could point at on a map. But since Lonely Planet has named this tiny nation in East Africa one of the top 10 countries to visit in 2018 it has been on the radar of more international travellers. So is it worth travelling to Djibouti? I went there in December 2017 to find out.