Namibia was my choice, a country that I knew nothing about but appealed to me due to vast vistas and wildlife. What I got to know was that it is one of the least populated countries, has the highest sand dunes and one of the oldest deserts in the world.
It certainly lived upto it’s growing reputation of being a very safe country to travel around with amazing geology, friendly people and a vast array of animals trying to exist in an arid landscape.
Travelling always it brings home to me that it is often the people with the least that are the most friendly and generous. We visited a township in Swampkomund with 5 years old going to school from 8am – 5pm and having “sleeping time” on the floor of one of the huts. There is not enough money for every child to have a chair and table, pencils and pens so the teacher relies on donations.
The wildlife I saw included Mountain zebras, Oryx, elephants, rhino, and giraffe to name just few. All are eeking out an existence in the harsh terrain. I learnt some wonderful facts about animals in terms of why they have specific skin markings or how each eat a different way in order to avoid the poisons leaves can emit.
I never cease to be amazed at how wonderful nature is and that as humans we think we know it all but actually we know very little and often whatever we think we’ve invented nature has got there before us!
So in this month of December why not stop for a while and reflect on 2015? How has your life gone this year? How can you make it even better next year? Whether is travelling, doing a new hobby, meeting new people – whatever we put into 2016 let’s make it our choice! Here’s to the New Year!