Spitzkoppe is the way to kill the festive vibes that have been lingering in the air for the past weeks.
Damn, times flies. Like it was just now New Year and now it is already two days before Christmas.
Although I appreciate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, I should confess that I do not like the festive season vibes. I feel people have exaggerated the festive season and actually think people have forgotten the main reason for this holiday. Not to mention the advantage retail firms take over the festive holidays with their crazy marketing deals.
Wao..Enough with the rampage Monika. Ok the point is I have been caught off guard and have not made any festive season plans.
Well I had some ideas but they didn’t mature. I planned a road trip to Botswana: Maun, Kasane, head up Livingstone, Zambia and then trace my way back via the mighty Zambezi region, central Namibia and eventually to the coast of Namibia where I reside. For some reasons my plans did not work out. I then let go and decided to stay at home for Christmas holiday.
The roads are full and deadly: so thought my mind as it supported my idea of staying home (that’s what it was meant to do. Isn’t it?)
How am I going to survive the 5 days at home?
It is Saturday: day one of the holidays. I have started off well with discipline by waking up 6 ma to do my 14 km run to dune 7 and back. I later went to grab some groceries for the weekend at the supermarkets and eventually slept the whole afternoon.
At night I kept myself occupied by reading stories from my favorite platform Medium and watched several TedtalTedTalksks. Eventually I drifted off and fell asleep.
By midnight I am was awaken by the vibration of my phone. It was a friend from Windhoek calling me to say she is extremely bored and do not know how she is going to survive the holidays. Boom that makes the two of us then.
We then started to make plans for a road trip.
My mind started to race again, should we go to Kalahari Desert, Zambezi region or maybe Damaraland. Our main hustle was transportation. How are we going to get around, the answer was hitchhiking. Finally we agreed upon camping at Spitzkoppe and then trace our way through Damaraland.
Spitzkoppe is a beautiful attraction of bold pointed dome granites which are believed to be more than 120 million years old. The granites are located in the flatlands of the Namib Desert as you head coastal between Usakos and Arandis. It attracts hundreds of travelers yearly.
In fact this is the second time I will be visiting Spitzkoppe this year. The first time was with my friend from justleaveandlive.com, earlier this year.Irina is the nurse that helped me conceive this blog. read about it hereRead more about it here
My friend from Windhoek has convinced two of her friends to join us on this trip. Surprisingly, one of them was an old school mate of mine (old school mates reunited by nature). In addition the driver who brought my friends from Windhoek also got tempted to go camping at Spitzkoppe and he altered his plans and joined us.
We arrived at Spitzkoppe in the late afternoon of the holy night (ha ha, do I make sense). Everybody was blown away by the beauty of the granites and were busy taking pictures. We drove around, trying to find a campsite and all beautiful spots were taken. We ended up settling for the only available one. It had a beautiful sunset though.
We started manning the tents and later went to look for firewood in the community nearby the camp. At dusk the fire was burning and the coals churning. The Namibian Kapana spice aroma lingered in the air as we roasted various types of meat while dancing and jiving to some of the music that are currently trending.
Later we traced the brightest stars that shone that night. It was like a scene from the holy night in the bible.
Feeling a bit tipsy yet satisfied with the day well spent, we headed off to our tents for a peaceful sleep surrounded by the mighty Spitzkoppe domes.
It felt so good to wake up with a view of the sun rays as they shone on the orange Spitzkoppe Mountains as lazy clouds lingered far away.
We then took a morning shower in the open sky gazing showers as the morning birds chipped.
We were ready to leave for our next destination.
I should confess that it was my first camping adventure but surely planning for more in 2018.
There are a few things I learned and would like to share with you as you prepare to join me in the world of camping adventures.
•Research your destination, this include the best time to go in terms of weather and demand, the rates ( some campsites are really expensive for nothing and you wouldn’t want to be surprised by the cost upon your arrival) Some campsites have good deals for group camping.
•You can rent out a car to transport you wherever you would like to go to. For us we were lucky as there was a guy with a car and wanted to go with.
•If you plan your trip well in advance you can hire a tent at very cheap rate. For us we had to buy tents at the last minutes because it was the festive holidays and all tents were booked out.
•Have a set of cutlery including a grilling kit because not all campsites are equipped with grill stands. One of my Christmas Gifts was a camping cutlery set. Perfect coincidence.
•Take your own wood along as firewood can be expensive at the campsites.
•If possible go earlier to secure some of the best campsites. ( there is one I am eyeing for my next visit to Spitzkoppe.)
Above all take the plunge. Don’t be stuck in routine, especially during Christmas time where you are expected to go home. Spend time with family who sometimes don’t appreciate your presence. Kudos if they do.
Go explore, Destination unknown, go and discover. There is a lot out there to see.
Have you ever gone camping? What are some of your best camping moments?
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