Furniture designer Vito Selma lets us in on his African adventure and opens our eyes to the beauty and brilliance that is Namibia.
Getting foot in this vast and endless continent is such a strange yet familiar feeling for me. I say strange only because it almost feels as good as being home. You know that feeling when you just arrive from a
really long trip and you rush to your room and spend hours in your bed, almost never wanting to leave the comfort of it all? That is Africa for me. Mama Africa.
I’ve spent months at a time in South Africa, exploring its diversity, its natural wonders and remarkable culture. On my last trip there, I decided to step outside its borders and went on a 12-day trip to neighboring Namibia. The second least densely populated country in the world dubbed “ the ageless land” is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the west and Botswana and Zimbabwe in the east. It changed everything I’d thought Africa was. The continent became even more vast, the people more diverse and my love for it, even more deep.
Oh, Namibia, you are like no other.
Namibia is an adventure traveler’s dream and a photographer’s ultimate destination. Everything is still wild, picturesque and best of all, in a shade of apricot-orange. From the barren desert to the color of the famous people of the Himba tribe, the color palette is in interesting shades of orange.
There are countless things one can do. If I was one thing to do in Namibia it would have to be to race the sun and catch the sunrise atop a Namib dune (specifically dune 45), meet the people of the Himba tribe and actually spending time talking with them instead of snapping away, wait hours and hours for a rhinoceros or lion to come to the watering hole at Etosha, and finish the trip off with a jump 10,000 feet above the Skeleton Coast. You will surely find everything, and anything you can dream of, in this one big technicolor dreamscape.
This is one of my best memories of the trip, catching a family of elephants in a watering hole at sunrise. People at the park said it was a rare sight. Just a few minutes after, three rhinoceros came – one black and two white. They are the hardest animals to photograph in the wild. This was my best sunrise yet. It almost didn’t feel real.
HOW TO GET THERE While there is no direct flight from Cebu, Philippines to Windhoek, Namimbia, you can fly from Cebu to Hong Kong for as low as PHP 3,099 one-way via Cebu Pacific Air then take South African Airways from Hong Kong to Johannesburg for HKD 4,700 (about PHP 28,000) and finally, Johannesburg to Windhoek, Namimbia at ZAR 1,900 (about PHP 11, 500). Cebu Pacific flies Cebu to Hong Kong daily; www.cebupacificair.com
South African Airways has daily trips from Hong Kong to Johannesburg to Windhoek Airports; www.flysaa.com
SAFARI-READY Capture memories of a truly unique African experience with a good camera and enough batteries. Ansmann MaxE Photocam III contains 4 rechargeable batteries & a charger for a good price of PHP 1,500. Available at PHOTOSHOP located at Baseline Center, Juana Osmeña, Cebu City.
WHAT TO BRING A sense of fun and a flexible attitude! A full checklist of essential items is included in the pre-departure information document.
WHAT TO LEAVE BEHIND Your watch, cellphone, laptop, work, stress, concept of time, pre-conceptions about anything and any attitude that is not purely adventurous.