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To Know Emptiness: Stories of Driving Around Namibia

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Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn in Namibia

One time while I was traveling, I felt like I was exploring a potential future. It wasn’t in some angular futuristic metropolis of Eastern Asia — it was in Varanasi, India, one of the world’s oldest cities. I remember the crowdedness, sitting in cars while drivers tried to move through masses of humanity, the buildings […]

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Photo Essay: Swakopmund, Namibia for the Holidays

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A sunset in Swakopmund, Namibia

In keeping with our coastal holiday tradition, we spent our Namibian Christmas in Swakopmund. It’s a German colonial town on a desert beach in Southern Africa. It’s a unique combination of geography, culture, and aesthetics that I never imagined I’d see together. A fellow North American traveler we encountered in Swakopmund said to us, “This […]

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On Rhinos and Lions and Other Elusive Creatures

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Springboks and Lions in Etosha National Park, Namibia

There were times in Etosha National Park when it felt like we were driving through an episode of BBC’s Planet Earth. At other times, it was like, “Hello! Are there any animals out there?” It quickly became clear that we were not in a zoo, nor in a nature documentary. Humans are used to manipulating […]

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Photo Essay: The Wildlife and Landscapes of Etosha National Park in Namibia

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Zebras at Etosha National Park in Namibia

Etosha National Park is 22,000 square kilometers of wildlife wonderland in northwestern Namibia. Over the course of three days, we made our way from the eastern side of the park to the western side, driving along a huge salt flat and spotting animals everywhere: As soon as we entered the park, we saw zebras having […]

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Getting Inside Namibian Culture in Rundu

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When we arrive at the homestay in Rundu, Namibia, we’re greeted by the house mother, a woman in her late thirties. There are also a number of relatives around the house. I can never remember who is who, but we’ll see them regularly during our stay. The inside of the house is clean and simple. […]

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Discovering Namibia’s Untold History and the Drive to Rundu

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In the sparsely populated country of Namibia, it can be easy to stick to the African safari trajectory, seeking out animals and making little contact with the people of the country and everyday life. Although it was undoubtedly the least comfortable part of our trip, I was glad that we had the opportunity to veer […]

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Photo Essay: The Wildlife Experience at Namibia’s Okonjima Nature Reserve

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The Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

The animals and scenery of the Okonjima Nature Reserve: A Kori Bustard, the heaviest bird that is capable of flying. A family of baboons wandering off into the bush. We’d spotted several types of antelopes, birds, and these baboons before we even arrived at reception. At the beginning of our cheetah tracking, we saw these […]

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Tracking a Rescued Cheetah at the Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia

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A rescued cheetah in Namibia

My eyelids are heavy from over 30 hours of nonstop plane travel, layovers, and driving as we approach our first stop in Namibia. But no amount of jetlag can keep my eyes closed, this is not something to miss. This is my first wildlife experience in Namibia. Different types of antelopes take a break from […]

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