September 23, 2023

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Namibia – Weddings in the Desert

Relics of German occupation can be seen at the ‘Alte Feste’ in Windhoek, German colonial troops took over Chief Jan Jonkers kraal overlooking Windhoek, and who can blame them for this country on the South Western corner of Africa is surely one of the most colourful, diverse and fascinating. War and genocide have been the character of the German attempt at creating a colonial empire and a legacy of forts and castles remain throughout the land.

Driving with my parents in my youth from Cape Town to Windhoek, and then on to Etosha are three weeks that too remain with me. With stop over at Ais-Ais in the Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and on to Etosha National Park. Where do I begin to tell you that visiting this land of shadows, rivers of sand and dry waters, diamonds, skeleton and fog haunted coasts with its rock art, crafts and culture, harbours, mining towns and desert creatures is just an awesome experience and a land that you simply must discover, explore and enjoy.

Racing to the Honeymoon to be at this destination, consider a wedding in the Dunes, they are fabulously organized venues and service providers that can put up Bedouin or marquee tents. Imagine a small sand coloured tent set up for 20 of your closest loved ones, white cloth adorned tables, palm fronds swaying in the yellow desert, champagne and great food to go, after your ceremony or blessing.

Please invite me I will be there!

After the wedding you must head to the far North and visit Etosha National Park the place of mirages or Land of dry water, this great white pan is the remains of a prehistoric inland sea, it is 130km from East to West and runs 72km from North to South. I can still see the Flamingos that were drinking from the glistening low waters on the pan at the time we were there and then having the absolute pleasure of watching the flight of the flamingo’s as they lifted from the pan in a sheet of sheer pink.

There are so many stories to tell and places to visit in Namibia I am certain the San hunters could have kept us entranced for days.