N is for Namibia (A-Z Blogging Challenge)

…and a South African Self-Drive!
It's "N" Day for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

A few years ago we went on what is still today one of our best road trips. We set up a driving trip that would take us through Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, rented a Nisan 4 wheel drive truck, and stayed in a wide variety of accommodations, from simple canvas tents to private bungalows.

One of the more memorable campgrounds we stayed at was the Ngepi Camp off of the Caprivi Highway near Divundu, Namibia. The campgrounds here were clean and neat and nestled in woodlands along the Okavango river. Our sleeping arrangements at this camp were in what had only been described to us as a “tree house.” We had no idea what to expect and were completely amazed at what we ended up staying overnight in.

The tree house was a small, open bungalow built in and around a huge tree. It had two floors-one was a sitting room, and the other was a sleeping loft. The sitting area was tasteful furnished and comfortable and had a step-down bathroom off the back with a gorgeously tiled bathroom/open air shower. But the loft was the truly amazing part. The loft had a comfortable king sized bed and opened out to a view of the river and a beautiful sunrise to wake up to. We sat mesmerized, watching the sun come up over the river as the hippos bathed and swam; and the giraffes frolicked along the shore with the zebras and warthogs–it was a real Lion King day!

If you’re planning a trip to  Namibia, you should definitely consider a stop-over at Ngepi Camp!

 

It's "N" Day for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

31 Comments

  1. Corinne, that sounds absolutely amazing. I have to admit to being a bit timid about Africa though – how safe did you feel doing self-drive? We’ve also been a bit lazy as well as timid in the last few years, and always go back to North America – partly because, with elderly parents, we need to be somewhere we are contactable at all times and can get back from quickly in case of emergency. I’m guessing Namibia might not be it? In any case, I shall squirrel this way for future reference…..

    1. Anabel, I understand, believe me. We go back to the States every summer for basically the same reason. I think nowadays, there are not many places that are truly incommunicado. We felt safe the whole time we were in Africa, but I do understand that it can be a bit intimidating.

  2. That sounds like a great road trip, first. And that accommodation/tree house sounds perfect. What an amazing experience!

  3. Boring old me I have never been to Nambia either, or 99% of the places on your list. However, a few years ago someone was getting rid of some amazing animal photographs they took on a trip to several African countries. I used these photographs as inspiration for art projects, and will probably be the closest I get to traveling there. I love the ostrich photo.

  4. I crossed by river from Botswana into Namibia and it was one of the funner border crossings I’ve ever experienced. I thought Namibia beautiful too but was pretty weary of the crocodiles!

    1. More Time, It was mostly on road. There were only a couple of times that we almost lost the track. One time we were chastised for this by a park ranger. It was a blast.

  5. Hi Corinne,
    Awww…I so enjoyed reading about the description of your tree house accommodation and your experience. Really awesome. Namibia is on top of my list and I’d love to experience this kind of accommodation myself. I can just imagine the thrill of seeing wildlife from up the comfort of your tree house.

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