You know that feeling when you’re in a beautiful place and you’re suddenly overcome by the moment? Nearly moved to tears by the sheer wonder of what you’re seeing, overwhelmed by a feeling that there’s no where in the world you’d rather be, a sense that you are truly living and a sort of premonition that this is a memory you’ll revisit for your entire life? I live for this feeling. It’s why I spend every cent on flights to far-flung destinations. I get this feeling when I’m standing at the top of a mountain or staring up at something I’ve seen a million times in my dreams or when a serendipitous series of events lead me to an experience I never could have planned.

I have to say, I lived in this constant state of bliss the entire time I was in Namibia. It’s filled with more jaw-dropping, heartbreakingly beautiful spots than you’d ever believe, and still it’s empty of tourists. You never need to push through crowds at a viewpoint for the chance to take a single photo, you don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to visit natural wonders, and you never have the sense that you’re getting anything other than the real, raw Namibia. This is a magical place that I doubt I’ll ever stop talking about with a sort of mystic awe, and all I want to do is share it with people. Go quickly, before the rest of the world finds out about Namibia.

The incredible Fish River Canyon

Sunrise in the desert

Salt and clay pan, Deadvlei

Walking across the salt pan

Sunset in the Namib Desert

Big daddy

The gals

Mama elephant teaching the baby to drink from the hole

Nicole running up the mountain

A beautiful sunrise over the dunes

The amazing rock bridge

Sunrise at Etosha

Scorpions on Deadvlei

Cal preparing to walk back down the mountain

Walking up Dune 45

Zebras flock to the watering hole

Sunrise from our tent

The gang walking down

Read more about our travels through Namibia:

OUT ON THE TOWN IN WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA

ANIMAL SPOTTING IN NAMIBIA’S ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS IN SPITZKOPPE, NAMIBIA

WHERE THE DUNES MEET THE SEA: SKYDIVING IN SWAKOPMUND

QUADBIKING THROUGH THE DUNES IN NAMIBIA

CROSSING THE TROPIC OF CAPRICORN

EXPLORING DUNE 45 & DEADVLEI IN THE NAMIB DESERT

SUNDOWNERS AT NAMIBIA’S FISH RIVER CANYON

CANOEING ALONG THE ORANGE RIVER

8 MOST AMAZING PLACES TO VISIT IN NAMIBIA

And read my article about Namibia on We Are Travel Girls:

10 REASONS NAMIBIA SHOULD BE AT THE TOP OF YOUR BUCKETLIST