Indagare member Marc Lewinstein recently visited Namibia with family after competing in the South Africa Ironman in Port Elizabeth. Here are his impressions of this otherworldly destination.
“Growing up, I read about Namibia’s spectacular landscape and was always dying to see it for myself. Even the name of the Skeleton Coast has seemed romantic and forbidding to me. Once I learned what it actually was, I was even more intrigued. Doing the Ironman in South Africa last April provided the excuse and proximity to realize the trip.
“The Namibian landscape is exactly as described, though the spectacular beauty is nearly indescribable. When we flew into Windhoek this past April, I was mesmerized by the vast, sparsely populated, lunar landscape. The only punctuation in the sprawling ground was grazing springbok, oryx and the occasional rhinoceros and lion. Desert-adapted elephants, who have skinny legs and large feet (the better for walking on sand) and who dig for water, abound and are magnificent.
“We stayed in two Wilderness Safaris lodges, which were elegant, beautiful and impeccably operated. Our first two nights...