Christmas in Namibia

As a young married couple, our options for the holidays would seem rather wide, but the truth is, we spend most of our time and money on our house and garden. I guess it would have been different if we rented, but property in Namibia, like everywhere in the world, is a big asset. And so we spend all our energy gardening and decorating. Come Christmas, life can turn rather quiet when everyone goes off on their separate journeys. Mostly, this involves Namibia’s coastline, which in December is the ultimate destination. South Africans and Namibians alike gather in their hoards in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Henties Bay and as far north as Terrace Bay.

But we are not quite alone. I am in the fortunate position to still have both of my parents and they also live close by. We are also blessed to have friends with a farm not too far from here. And as they have also escaped to the salty fresh air, they have asked to farm-sit for them. And here we are…

25 December on the farm. The first rains have fallen, the birds are frolicking in every bit of water they find, the antelope come out to have a look and the calves play all day long… what more can we possibly ask for?

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