ED’S LET­TER

go! Namibia - - CONTENTS -

Ev­ery year, when the time comes to do the next an­nual Namibia guide, we just fall deeper in love with our favourite neigh­bour.

This 2015 spe­cial edi­tion in­cludes pack­ing tips for hik­ers look­ing to tackle the Fish River Canyon, a restau­rant guide to Swakop­mund and Walvis Bay; ex­cerpts from the travel di­aries of read­ers who ex­plored places like Da­ma­r­a­land, Kaokoland and the Caprivi Strip by car, mo­tor­bike and on foot – and ev­ery­thing else in be­tween.

Then there’s the back­bone of this book: an ac­com­mo­da­tion guide with more than 220 great places to stay across the coun­try – ev­ery­thing you need to know to plan your en­tire hol­i­day. (We called ev­ery sin­gle estab­lish­ment to check their rates and con­tact de­tails. Some­times, when I asked a col­league what they’d done with their day, the an­swer was: “I called Namibia.”)

With­out the sup­port of busi­nesses who choose to advertise with us, this edi­tion of go! Namibia would never have seen the light of day. We could’ve called th­ese es­tab­lish­ments from our of­fice in Cape Town, but we favour a more per­sonal ap­proach, so we sent a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Namibia.

Sanetha Meintjies is part of the go! ad­ver­tis­ing sales team. Early in 2015 she and her dad Koos (73) hit the road – Sanetha to sell ads, her dad to make sure she got to where she needed to go.

“My dad likes to pre­pare for ev­ery pos­si­ble sit­u­a­tion when he trav­els,” says Sanetha. “Our red Isuzu was so full of spare parts and tyres that we could have set up a work­shop in the bush. We low­ered our tyre pres­sure for sand driv­ing in Sos­susvlei, but when we wanted to in­flate the tyres for the tar road ahead we broke the air pipe. My dad patched the pipe with duct tape and re­sumed pump­ing up the tyres, only for the pipe to break on an­other sec­tion. He fixed it again, it broke again, and in the end there was so lit­tle pipe left you could barely tickle your ear with it.”

Sanetha’s grand­par­ents lived in Karas­burg and she’s been vis­it­ing Namibia since child­hood. “You feel free there,” she says. “You can breathe. Even the sand is alive – you just have to take the time to look closely. In Namibia you re­alise that wa­ter from a tap, or open­ing a fridge to take out a cooldrink, is a priv­i­lege. And the peo­ple are as hon­est and hos­pitable as you’re likely to find. Ev­ery­one has a story to tell – not just any story but one that moves you.”

Thank you to all the Namib­ians who opened their doors and hearts to Sanetha and her dad. To the South Africans and other read­ers: En­joy your hol­i­day!

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