The Best of Namibia
Namibia offers the opportunity to disconnect, which makes it an alluring destination. In the developed south, you'll pass farmlands and fields. In the north, you'll discover the special people and species who have adapted to life in this harsh desert environment. The best way to experience Namibia is to rent a 4x4 and zigzag your way across this vast country. With only three people per square kilometer, you may well have the whole place to yourself.

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Baking in the Middle of Nowhere

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Moose corrects me as we chat, “It’s not even a town or a village, don’t call it that; it’s more of a pit-stop, really." Solitaire, Namibia, the pit-stop he calls home, is nothing more than a general store, a small lodge, his bakery, and the only gas station for many, many miles. This makes Solitaire an inevitable stop for travelers driving to Soussvlei from Swakopmund or Windhoek. Moose bakes one of the best apple strudels I’ve ever eaten and makes Solitaire worth a visit even if your vehicle has a full tank.

The sun is hot, even at daybreak, and beats down on the vintage tractor and automobiles lining the pathway into Solitaire. The fat cacti and the kitschy general store all add to its undeniable charm. This quirky pit-stop is the perfect photo opp and will linger on your mind long after you continue your journey into the Namib Desert.

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by Marie Frei
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