***Hello Friends! Jessie on a Journey is back to share with us her latest adventure. Come take a wild trip through Namibia to find exciting encounters with wildlife, treks through new terrains, and meetings with new cultures, all with her trusty Beside-U handbags by her side. To view this original post in its entirety, you can find it here.***
When people think of travel to Africa, it’s likely safari touring comes to mind. About two years ago I went on safari in South Africa and it was spectacular — by the end of Day #2 I’d seen both The Big 5 and The Ugly 5! While Namibia has safari offerings, especially in Etosha National Park, for this trip I decided to go beyond the obvious and explore the lesser-known experiences.
This wasn’t very hard, as most of my readers are from the USA and Canada, a demographic typically unfamiliar with Namibia tourism. I say that both because North Americans traveling to Namibia isn’t common and also because every single person I told I was going responded by saying “Where is that?” “Is that in South Africa?” or “Really? Are there even things to do in Namibia?”
The answer to this last question: a lot! I now place Namibia at the top of my “most underrated destinations” list, along with Slovenia and Honduras. Namibia felt very safe — though the bumpy roads and vast desert mean you should know how to change a flat and carry lots of extra refreshments. People also speak English making it easy to ask for help, and there is a well-developed tourism infrastructure.
Oh, and guess what? I didn’t even need to book a safari to see zebra, baboons, kudu, springbok, warthogs, jackals, ostrich and giraffe; I saw Namibian wildlife simply by driving through the country (especially near the fence of Etosha).
To help you plan your trip to Namibia, here is my advice on packing and what to do (beyond safari).
For those who have read my Exploring SoHo NYC In Style post you know I’m a big fan of Beside-U Bags, as I love being able to stay organized without sacrificing fashion. The bags each have a slew of interior and exterior pockets, pen and gadget holding compartments and water bottle pouches, as well as luxe leather and shiny nickel accents and gorgeous graphic print interior lining. Namibia is a place you’ll likely be carrying camera gear and multiple lenses, and both bags fit my DSLR, an extra lens, JOBY travel tripod, GoPro Hero4 and an intervalometer along with my everyday essentials like sunglasses, cell phone, credit cards, cash and malaria medication.
Namibia should be a place where you exercise a fondness for light clothing and accessories and light colors, so for this trip I opted for the Bethany Leather Trimmed Wide Satchel Bag in Rose Dawn and a Grenada Leather Trimmed Multi-Pocket Crossbody Bag in Moon Grey. Both bags are lightweight (less than 1 pound) and water resistant. In fact, I stupidly left the satchel too close to the shoreline at the beach in Swokopmund and it got hit by a wave, though nothing inside, not even my phone, was damaged.
For travel safety, the spacious RFID-blocking zip pockets mean your identity is protected, while a whistle dangle assists in times of distress. A pretty layered logo adds to the bag’s design.