Exploring Damaraland with Mariëtte du Toit

Hi there! I am Mariëtte du Toit and I live in a dusty town called Otjiwarongo smack bang in the middle of Namibia. I am the mother of a 4-year-old boy, am expecting boy no. 2, and have been married to my best friend for 8 years. Together, we share a passion for the outdoors... We love camping and photographing landscapes and wildlife and when we still have energy after our day jobs and parenting, we like to mountain bike and teach our son all about the great outdoors.

Like New Zealand, we are also in the southern hemisphere and technically have winter from May to August but it is actually only two days long sometime in July. The rest of the year we have summer ~ Spring and Autumn are foreign terms to Namibians!

Namibia is a semi-desert country with the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, covering our western borders and the Kalahari Desert covering most of our eastern border. In between we have the Fish River Canyon down south, the central highlands where our capital Windhoek is located, and an incredibly green arm on the north east which we call the Caprivi. All the empty spaces are filled with bush, stunning landscapes and the quite famous Etosha National Park.

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