Namibia, April-May 2018

Namibia locationNamibia is a relatively new country, gaining full independence from South Africa only in 1990. The name is derived from a Nama word “Namib” (“vast place”). It is the driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa and one of the least densely populated in the world.

I had been to Namibia several times, but this was my first vacation there. I set off on my journey to visit the Namib Desert (the oldest desert in the world), the Etosha Pan (the largest salt lake in Africa; “Etosha” means “Great White Place”) and Himba people, who are known for keeping their traditional lifestyle and clothing, including their distinctive usage of ochre pigment on their hair and skin. However, the country was much more than I expected – so vast and beautiful, with extremely diverse landscapes.

Namibia itinerary

ナミビアは1990年に南アフリカから独立した比較的新しい国。「ナミビア」という国名は「ナミブ」(ナマ語で「広大な土地」の意)から。巨大なナミビ砂漠を擁するナミビアは、サハラ砂漠以南のアフリカで最も乾燥した国であり、世界でも最も人口密度の低い国のひとつである。

ナミビアには数回行ったことがあったが、休暇で訪れたのは今回が初めて。訪問の目玉はナミブ砂漠(世界最古の砂漠)、エトーシャ塩湖(アフリカ最大の塩湖。「エトーシャ」とは「大きな白い場所」の意)、それに、伝統的な生活や服装を今でも守り続けていることで知られるヒンバ族。しかし、ナミビアの凄さは予想を大きく上回った。壮大で美しく、ひとつの国でこれほど多彩な風景があるのかと驚く。

Sunset near Sossuvlei, Namibia, April 2018

Sunset near Sossuvlei, Namibia, April 2018

 

Dune near Deadvlei, Namibia, April 2018

Dune near Deadvlei, Namibia, April 2018

 

Dunes near Deadvlei, Namibia, April 2018

Dunes near Deadvlei, Namibia, April 2018

 

Deadvlei, Namibia, April 2018

Deadvlei, Namibia, April 2018

 

Deadvlei, Namibia, April 2018

Deadvlei, Namibia, April 2018

 

Deadvlei, Namibia, April 2018

Deadvlei, Namibia, April 2018

 

Toilet sign near Sossuvlei, Namibia, April 2018

Toilet sign near Sossuvlei, Namibia, April 2018

 

Sunset near Sossuvlei, Namibia, April 2018

Sunset near Sossuvlei, Namibia, April 2018

 

Full moon near Sossuvlei, Namibia, April 2018

Full moon near Sossuvlei, Namibia, April 2018

 

Kuiseb Canyon, Namibia, April 2018

Kuiseb Canyon, Namibia, April 2018

 

On the way to Walvis Bay, Namibia, April 2018

On the way to Walvis Bay, Namibia, April 2018

 

 

In spite of its squirrel-like appearance, dassie rat (Petromus typicus) is a rodent found among rocky outcroppings. ダシーラット。一見リスですが、実は岩場に住むネズミの仲間。

 

Enormous rock looking like human face, Vingerklip, Namibia, May 2018

Enormous rock looking like human face, Vingerklip, Namibia, May 2018

 

Flamingos, Walvis Bay, Namibia, April 2018

Flamingos, Walvis Bay, Namibia, April 2018

 

Herero lady with her son, Onjowewe Village, Namibia, May 2018

Herero lady with her son, Onjowewe Village, Namibia, May 2018

 

Himba girl, Onjowewe Village, Namibia, May 2018

Himba girl, Onjowewe Village, Namibia, May 2018

 

Himba girl, Onjowewe Village, Namibia, May 2018

Himba girl, Onjowewe Village, Namibia, May 2018

 

Martial eagle, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

Martial eagle, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

 

Flowers, Etosha, Namibia, Namibia, May 2018

Flowers, Etosha, Namibia, Namibia, May 2018

 

Plains zebras, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

Plains zebras, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

 

Plains zebras, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

Plains zebras, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

 

Northern black korhaan, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

Northern black korhaan, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

 

Blue cranes, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

Blue cranes, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

 

Juvenile pale chanting goshawk, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

Juvenile pale chanting goshawk, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

 

Dark chanting goshawk, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

Dark chanting goshawk, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

 

Shaft-tailed whydah, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

Pair of shaft-tailed whydah, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

 

Lone tree, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

Lone tree, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

 

Black-shouldered kite, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

Black-shouldered kite, Etosha, Namibia, May 2018

 

White rhino, Okapuka Ranch, Greater Windhoek, Namibia, May 2018

White rhino, Okapuka Ranch, Greater Windhoek, Namibia, May 2018

 

Ostrich, Okapuka Ranch, Greater Windhoek, Namibia, May 2018

Ostrich, Okapuka Ranch, Greater Windhoek, Namibia, May 2018

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