It was in Namibia that I realized: I believe good travel is the kind of travel that makes you feel completely strange. Not strange as in “weird”, but strange as in “foreign”, strange as in “completely and utterly lost”, strange as in “I-have-no-idea-how-the-hell-I-got-here-but-I-kinda-like-it…”
Feeling strange in Namibia
It therefore might come as a surprise to you that out of all the places I’ve been to, I felt strangest in Namibia. As a German (though often in disguise) I should have felt right at home in this former German colony. And fair enough: In the bigger towns I sometimes wondered if I had actually missed my flight and was still back home in my all too familiar neighborhood.
The one thing Namibia has: SPACE.
No, what makes Namibia the strangest place I have ever been to are not the cities – it’s the the incredibly remote and empty spaces I got to discover two years in a row now.
The country is divided by rugged mountain ranges that shape and determine the Namib, a barren desert that runs the length of the country, stopped only by the crushing waves of the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast.
Best way to see Namibia? Road trip!
The obscure and gigantic rock formations of Damaraland and the sheer endless Nothingness of the desert truly give you a glimpse of what Neil Armstrong must have felt when he first landed on the moon.
To travel Namibia, you best travel with a rental car. Because only on a road trip will you be able to discover everything this vast and rugged country has to offer!
To see how this magnificent, endless, vast and strange country looks like through my eyes, I’d love for you to watch the following video – and to go there with me in 2017!