Author: Ndapanda Haininga
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Namibia is one of the best Safari destinations in the world, Top two ask me. Here is something you may not know about me. I double as a travel consultant. I recently planned a romantic trip for three couples via my consultancy, Ndapanda’s Consultancy. With the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all still fighting; nothing is as it was. The optimist in me is hoping you still remember me (please don’t burst my bubble), because despite being gone a while, I still thought about all the ways I could share bits and pieces of Namibia with you. The impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic has been felt across the world and in Namibia. The hospitality and tourism sector, in particular, has been the hardest hit. The Namib Desert is one of Namibia’s biggest tourist attractions. It is believed to be the world’s oldest desert. Several rivers and streams run through it, and it is also home to the popular and picturesque Deadvlei. Now, of course, I don’t negate that it can be costly, I don’t shy away from the amount of patience you need, and I also acknowledge that being able to travel, in itself, is a privilege. Namibia, in all her might, has so much to offer – and whether travellers are domestic or international, there is a little something for everybody to enjoy. I have often wondered what luxury travel in Namibia really feels like. What does it entail? How would I be treated? Goodness, what kind of food would I eat? Would I fly in? How would experiencing that make me feel? The festive season means different things to many of us. Not too long ago, the NBC’s Whata-Lifestyle team was in my living room asking how exactly I got into content creation and honestly, the answer was, and remains, “I’m not quite sure”. For some, it’s a delivery of a hundred roses at work, with colleagues hovering over in slight envy. For others, it may be a candlelit dinner by the beach, with the sounds of waves clashing against each another. For Valentine’s Day this year, we took a short trip to the newly-renovated Midgard Lodge of O&L Leisure. I have prioritised domestic travel these past few years, and what I have found in those few years of travel is not only that Namibia is gorgeous, of course, but also that this country has many beautiful and underexplored areas; areas that are full of character, greenery, forestry, almost heavenly. These past three years, although largely affected by the Covid-19 global pandemic. Local travel content creators and influencers have done a beautiful job of showing off Namibia. I have been extremely blessed to experience some of the best Namibia has to offer. I have seen the mountainous regions of Damaraland, the highest and reddest dunes of Sossusvlei, and the waves of the Atlantic Ocean have touched my feet at least twice. Like I said, the best Namibia has to offer. If you’re even a little bit like me, you likely know very little about the Kwando River. Okay, so the headline is a little dramatic, considering borders have been open for a while, but I needed a little drama for my first international travel piece; you know? The beauty of travel is that no one’s experience is exactly the same as the other. I have been to the desert more times than I can remember. Sometimes I slum it and go for a camping experience.