Where? Everyone here in the US asks. N-A-M-I-B-I-A. You know, the Namib Desert? The Skeleton Coast? (crickets....). The southwest coast of Africa...... Oh...OK. As Ewan McGregor in The Long Way Down calls it, "The last mad place on Earth"..... I'm sure he means that in a good way.
Why? Unlike Kenya and South Africa which were all about pricey tours, Namibia fit our style perfectly since it is will suited for do-it-yourself vacationing. And that's what we did! We rented a 4x4 for a few weeks and just headed out on our own self-guided adventure! Here is our approximate driving route, followed counter-clockwise:
It was a long long way from Seattle to Namibia! They're not exactly antipodes, but close! Rather than do it all in one slog, we started our Africa journey with an overnight flight to London, where we had a day layover (7 hours only). Then another overnight down to Johannesburg (5 hour layover) and onto Windhoek (arriving two days later). Whew!
This trip we also brought money and medical supplies for an animal welfare organization run by a friend of mine, Karen Menczer called Animal Kind International. Check out their work! (Add them to your donation list!)
Christina had never visited Africa before and was super excited to do so! I lived and worked in the Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire) 30 years ago (yikes!) as a Peace Corps volunteer. I worked initially as a secondary school science teacher in the middle of the jungle in Kasai Occidental, then later at the Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de Bukavu. I've been wanting to return to Africa ever since, and this, finally was my return!
Namibia was a photographer's paradise! We saw, literally, 1000's of animals! Epic landscapes! Met friendly people and enjoyed good food and beer. What's not to like? Enjoy these sample photos! -Karl
After an accident years ago that involved a coma, my life is often a struggle of memory against forgetting. Photography is, for me, an ally in that effort. The photos themselves and the stories and feelings around each are my way of remembering my own past, as well as creating a record of my world now to fend off future forgetting.
About my DeviantID: For several years I was a teacher in the Congo with the Kuba tribe, and I was happy to get the nickname "Teacher Mikobi" from my friends in the village.
Current Residence: native new mexican / "living" in seattle
Favourite genre of music: something that moves
Currently listening: grimes / lewis watson / digweed
Favourite photographer: william eggleston / martin munkacsi / david fokos
Favourite writers: czesław miłosz / nazim hikmet / raymond carver / rainer maria rilke / octavio paz
Operating System: olympus om-1
Favourite cartoon character: margarita luisa chascarillo - maggie from love & rockets
Favorite visual artist: jaime hernandez? brian kershisnik?
Favorite movies: cloud atlas ~ howl's moving castle ~ www.studioaka.co.uk/go/varmints/
Tools of the Trade: intuition
Other Interests: tutto il mondo
Personal Quote: be kind ~ do good work ~ enjoy life