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Sep232013

The New Place for Secluded African Luxury Safaris

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“Why does it seem everyone is going to Namibia?” The question, overheard at an end-of-summer gathering of creative urban nomadic types, could certainly elicit a number of responses.

Maybe, for the nature lover, they opt for a luxury safari to explore the country’s deep diversity of animal and plant wildlife.  For the artist, to soak up the endless Namib Desert vistas, punctuated by rolling reddish pockets of pristine dunes.  For the adventure junkie, to surf the rocky, rugged Skeleton Coast, in misty waters still haunted by the ghosts of ancient shipwrecks.  And—perhaps of particular interest to overcrowded New Yorkers—many go to simply just feel the almost divine sense of utter remoteness that stems from time spent in one of the least densely populated places on earth.  There is no better cocktail for inspiration than isolation, surrounded by spectacular natural landscapes, with opportunities for life-changing encounters thrown in.  

Unlike other destinations where “everyone” seems to be going these days, the Namibia experience is not about exporting Brooklyn or Burning Man to the African desert.  Namibia’s history runs deep, its ethnic and cultural makeup is highly diverse, and it is also home to some of the oldest—and still most isolated—tribal communities on the continent. 

True, travelers to Namibia can arrange to go on a desert safari to see first hand rare species like the Black Rhino; engage in adrenaline-fueled activities like ATV off-roading or hot-air ballooning across the dunes at Sossusvlei; and relax afterwards in romantic resorts that boast high organic design, and even higher rustic luxury.   When traveling to Namibia via Epic Road, however, you will also have the opportunity to engage in a mind-altering exchange of culture, social enterprise and good will that can (quite literally) enlighten your life—and the lives of the communities you visit—forever.

Participating in a Luci Solar Light drop is one of the most unique elements of an Epic Road expedition, and one that also encompasses our core mission of transformative travel.  Partnering with MPOWERD Inc, a B-corp enterprise that sells innovative and affordable solar powered products, Epic Road is working to develop local, micro-distribution channels to bring Luci lamps to members of the nomadic Himba tribe.   A Luci drop can be included as part of an itinerary personalized by Epic Road, where you can also experience the privilege of visiting and working with communities within range of Serra Cafema, one of the most remote camps in all of Africa.  In the words of one Epic Road traveler, time spent working with the Himba sent her home with a “renewed sense of self, that any obstacle is surmountable, and that anything is possible.” 

 Why is everyone going to Namibia?  If anything is possible, perhaps, the question should be: Why Not?