go! Namibia - - PERFECT DAY -

6.43 am.

It’s a misty Sun­day morn­ing in Novem­ber. I leave my travel part­ner Alice asleep at At­lantic Villa in Swakop and stroll down to the beach, barely 200 m away. We got a good deal at the villa, splash­ing out on crea­ture com­forts af­ter a week of camp­ing in Damaraland.

7.07 am.

The beach is empty ex­cept for a big dog that pauses its pa­trol when it reaches a dead seal, washed up on the high-wa­ter mark. Then I see peo­ple, and stroll over. Pi­eter and Chris­telle Kruger lived in Gaut­eng for 13 years, but they tell me they’ve re­turned to “heaven”. Swakop­mund is in­deed many a Namib­ian’s idea of heaven: cool weather, ac­cess to a va­ri­ety of shops and restau­rants, good schools… It of­fers a very good stan­dard of liv­ing.

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