A safari through Etosha Park in Namibia and what I wore

by Sylvia

A safari through Etosha Park in Namibia and what I wore

Although I’m spending most of my holidays in The Netherlands this year, we had one special week reserved for Namibia. Me and my husband had been there 20 years ago and the country made such an impression that we wanted to go back and share the beauty with our son. Our other companions were my brother and my cousin.

We started our trip in Etosha Park, a place where many of Africa’s fabulous animals roam free. We spent 3 days there and believe it our not these photos are all from our first day. As I lived in South Africa for a while I’ve been on quite a few safaris but I never spotted so many animals in one day.

A dear in Etosha Park Namibia | 40plusstyle.com

One reason for that may be is that we were travelling in the African winter. Namibia is very dry that time of year so many of the animals gathered around waterholes in the park.

We spotted these elephants at one of the waterholes and thought we would see many more after that. It turns out that we ware very lucky to spot so many that day. We rarely spotted elephants any more and  never saw more than 4 elephants together after that.

Elephants in Etosha Park Namibia | 40plusstyle.com

A group of elephants in Etosha Park Namibia | 40plusstyle.com

A group of elephants and zebras in Etosha Park Namibia | 40plusstyle.com

Elephants at the waterhole | 40plusstyle.com

You would think you would see more of them on such vast areas as these as elephants are so big. But this park is huge so even elephants can easily hide…

zebras in Etosha Park, Namibia, Africa | 40plusstyle.com

Admiring the animals in Etosha Park Namibia | 40plusstyle.com

Beautiful Etosha Park Namibia | 40plusstyle.com

Many beautiful birds too..

Birdspotting in Etosha Park Namibia | 40plusstyle.com

Colorful bird in Etosha Park Namibia | 40plusstyle.com

And of course the stunningly beautiful giraffe.

Giraffes in perfect synchronisation | 40plusstyle.com

A gorgeous giraffe in Etosha Park Namibia | 40plusstyle.com


Ostriches in Etosha Park Namibia | 40plusstyle.com

A bird in its nest | 40plusstyle.com

A special bird in Etosha Park Namibia | 40plusstyle.com

As I had walked freely amongst the animals 20 years ago (I’m still scared though when I think of that!) we thought we could just get out and take a few pictures in this open area. Surely we would spot the lion before he could attack?

Instead we were spotted by a park guard who was not amused and reprimanded us for not reading the park’s guidelines. We were not allowed to get out of our car except for designated (and fenced) picknick areas. A bit embarrassed we quickly got back into our car!

What I wore in Etosha Park, Namibia, Africa | 40plusstyle.com

I did get a picture of my outfit though. Old safari style pants from many, many years ago. Later in the day I changed to shorts as the weather in Namibia during winter changes by the hour but I will discuss that on another day.

I took so many beautiful pictures that I could not share it in one article either so I will share some more photos of our time in Etosha Park on another day.

Have you been on safari? Did you enjoy it? What did you wear?


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dawn Lucy

Such gorgeous pics of such gorgeous animals! And you’re wearing the perfect safari chic look!
Dawn Lucy


2 Carelia

I’m in love with your safari pictures and what you wore!!! Every single picture is amazing, but the zebras are my favorites. Your clothing and shoes are perfect for a hot safari day and your hat is too adorable.


3 MikiT

Fabulous! I cannot imagine seeing these things in person. It would take my breath away. Thank you for sharing these pictures:-)


4 Patti

Beautiful! thanks for sharing these great photos – what an experience.


5 denton

Wonderful! And you know there’s just something about a woman in a straw hat 🙂


6 Lynn Payne

I don’t suppose my recent safari at Disney’s animal kingdom counts….


7 Nicolene Richards

Perhaps in constant search of my ancestors I am truly in love with the Netherlands, and being born in Africa I most cherish bush vacations! You are having the best of both worlds between the two continents, and safari is one of the most exciting opportunities to plan a wardrobe, although it has it’s challenges with being practical the prime consideration. You have done so very successfully, and could not have chosen a more suitable colour scheme between Khaki and White, being light and airy for the heat! Nice outfit – enjoy your holiday!


8 Marian Rothschild

Thank you for all the stunning photos. What an amazing experience – a trip of a lifetime, it looks like. Out in the wild is a perfect place to wear natural, relaxed fabrics in earth tones. With the protection of a hat, of course. Perfect.


9 Renita

What an amazing adventure. So wonderful that you could go back 20 years later with your son. I’m sure he was impressed! I so enjoyed your photos, and I can’t wait to see your follow up post. Just wondering, did you feel safe during your time in Africa, and if you wouldn’t mind saying what tour company you used if any? And you even looked stylish on a safari!!


10 Sylvia

Great to read that you enjoyed the photos. Yes, that is one reason we travelled to Namibia. This country is very safe and we never had any issues whatsoever. We arrange the trip ourselves just through bookings of hotels, flight and car rental on the internet. I will share a bit more information in upcoming articles.


11 Lisa

Oh my gosh! Beautiful photos! Beautiful everything!


12 Petra

All I can say is “glorious”! And you are wearing a perfect “safari” outfit 🙂


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