Namibia On My Mind


I’ve got Namibia on the brain these past few days.

I just finished writing photo captions for a story about a self-drive trip I did last December. It’ll be the main feature in the next issue of Outpost magazine.

Driving my own Land Rover Defender all over Namibia definitely ranks up there with the best trips I’ve ever taken.

I was free to explore the desert at my own pace. I was self-contained, with a small fridge, cooking gear, repair kits, spare tires, pumps and satellite phone. The roof tent popped up in a few minutes—bedding and all—so making and breaking camp was a breeze.

It’s a hot, dusty, noisy car and a bit of a beast to drive. But it’ll go over just about anything you find out there. Perfect for exploring those minor routes that exist as ghostly traces on most road maps.

The feature will be on newsstands in a month or so. Stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, I cut together a little video from some of the footage we shot with the camera. The roads were rough and the camera bounces all over the place. But it’ll give you a taste of what it’s like to take your own 4×4 through one of Africa’s most beautiful countries.



About the author

Ryan Murdock

Author of A Sunny Place for Shady People and Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America. Host of Personal Landscapes podcast. Editor-at-Large (Europe) for Canada's Outpost magazine. Writer at The Shift. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

1 Comment

  • Good stuff!

    I my mind there’s nothing like a road, or off-road, trip. Takes me back to pre-college days off roadin in the US southwest.

    Keep documenting your adventures!



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