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Just Back From Namibia

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Just back from the African country’s dramatic sand dunes and wildlife-filled reserves, T+L deputy editor Laura Begley Bloom shares a few of her favorite finds.

Most Memorable Sundowner: Here I am, having an end-of-day drink while at Okahirongo Elephant Lodge ($$$$), in the Kaokoveld—known for its rare desert elephants and black rhinos.

The Sands of Sossusvlei: Full disclosure: I didn’t quite make it to the top of Dune 45. We stayed nearby at Little Kulala ($$$$$), where I coveted the ostrich eggshell chandeliers, below, and bought this recycled glass necklace.

Local Souvenir: Wood-and-seed earrings from Okahirongo, where I also got the best wakeup call on the trip: an elephant purring just outside my window.

Top View: Watching animals gather around the watering hole at Onguma The Fort ($$$), a hotel near Etosha National Park.

The Takeaway

Biggest Surprise: The easygoing, cosmopolitan vibe of Windhoek, the capital, home to the super-stylish Olive Exclusive hotel ($$$).

Wildest Meal: Zebra steaks and oryx schnitzel at Joe’s Beerhouse ($$), in Windhoek.

Great Escape: Pelican Point Lodge ($$$$), set in a working lighthouse on a finger of sand jutting six miles into the Atlantic.

Didn’t Need: My bathing suit: Namibia’s cool desert nights often make the pools too chilly for swimming.

Expert Guide: Micato Safaris helped plan my itinerary, including a visit with a nomadic Himba tribe—a must on my wish list.

Hotels
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000

Restaurants
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150

Related Links:
Namibia travel guide
Namibia’s Top Safari Lodges
Desert Oasis

Photo by Jonathan Bloom

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