With their vehicle they have explored several countries in Europe, including Albania, Belgium,
Italy, and Switzerland. As a family they decided that Namibia would be their next adventure and
they have recently returned from a 4-week trip, covering approximately 6000 kms, exploring the country.
Tobias was responsible for the vehicle and technical side of things, planning the route, obtaining insurance and ensuring they had the tools they needed. Sylvia made their bookings and reservations, stocked up the food and put together a first aid kit. Their vehicle was shipped to Walvis Bay port in Namibia and Tobias flew there to pick up the truck and ensure everything was ready to go before the rest of the family met up with him to begin their adventure. Their journey was done in 2 stages to align with the boys schooling. During the first 2 weeks, they explored the northern part of Namibia, returning 5 weeks later to explore the south...
Tobias and Sylvia say that at times the journey was not easy but the experience was absolutely worth it. “Namibia has such a variety of landscapes and experiences it was like discovering a different country every day! We experienced the usual sightseeing, isolation, nature, interactions with native people, new foods, amazing animal encounters, stargazing nights, campfires, family time, adventure, dust, dirt, spectacular landscapes, sunsets and wilderness.”
Their journey varied between staying in one place for a few days, to days spent travelling slowly on difficult tracks that challenged both the family and the vehicle. Sometimes it would take them a long time to cover as little as 50m. It was difficult to ask about road and track conditions as the local Himba people speak their own dialect. Once they decided to take a detour however the route became too narrow and they had to reverse 500m downhill above rocky outcrops before they were able to turn around.
They say it is important for anyone embarking on such a journey to ensure they know the correct tyre inflation pressure for the various terrain you will encounter, from sand to rocky stones. It is also essential to carry enough drinking water as the desert is extremely dry and they were using an average of 100 litres per day. On a lighter note, they also warn that nothing can be left outside as monkeys and jackals are interested in everything!
The family is currently planning their next adventure to maybe Angola or Botswana and we wish them many more amazing journeys!
To be updated on their journey, you can follow them on Instagram at @t_high_5