Africa oh my Africa without a doubt a continent worth seeing. Granted this wasn’t my first trip outside of South Africa, I was truly amazed and eager to start planning my next trip to another neighbouring country.

My trip started with a two hour flight before touching down on Namibian soil. Starting off in Windhoek I got to visit some interesting places, one of them being the Namibia Craft Centre. If you want to see how souvenirs are made, then this is the place to go. Not only are you seeing the artists at work but you can also purchase various arts and crafts, as well as those gifts to take home. If you are looking for a great place to mingle with the locals whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery than look no further than Bush Bar. Not only do they have a wonderful atmosphere they also have amazing food. I loved this spot as it felt authentically African.

Life As Leslin
Life As Leslin

Next I was off to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. With only a four hour drive from Windhoek I really enjoyed myself in this seaside holiday destination. The first attraction I visited was the Kristal Galerie, the home of the largest quartz crystal cluster in the world! There you will find a crystal garden where you can handpick amazing gemstones. It also features a crystal cave and unique crystals on display.

No trip is complete without doing something unique, from camel rides in the desert dunes, impromptu photoshoot, my very first game drive, to jumping out a plane. Yes I did that, skydiving has been on my bucket list for a while and I finally got to tick it off. There is something so appealing about doing an extreme sport in a different country rather than your own. It was a thrilling experience that challenged every part of my being.

Life As Leslin
Life As Leslin

Let me tell you about the amazing seafood Namibia has to offer! Almost every other corner has a fish and chips shop, It was the most tasty fish and chips I’ve ever experienced. Every restaurant I visited I had to try their fresh oysters, it was honestly some of the best I have ever had! Restaurants you have to visit when in Swakopmund are: The Tigers, The Jetty and for an amazing breakfast with a vibrant atmosphere, The Village.

If you have extra time to explore Namibia, Luderitz is another history filled town to visit. I visited Kolmanskop which is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia, 10 kilometres inland from the port of Luderitz. This town was driven by enormous wealth from the first diamond miners. The town slowly started declining in the early ’30 and was abandoned in 1954.

Walking through this town, left me feeling in wonder and awe. However, due to the location tourist would need a permit to enter this town.

Life As Leslin
Life As Leslin

This trip was absolutely refreshing, the clear air and beautiful nights skies had me stargazing for hours to the point I felt that I could reach out and touch the stars. In certain ways Namibia is very similar to South Africa, I really enjoy the untouched landscapes and appreciated all the beauty it has to offer. If you ever decide to take a trip to Namibia, think of me because I have left a piece of my heart there.

Remember, the only thing you can buy and make you rich is travel.

Shine bright whilst your life is extraordinary!

Leslin

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