I just love African airports! They are just too cute! You just step out of the plane and walk over the airfield to the so called terminal while people are welcoming you to their country – so different to an airport experience anywhere else.
It was a nice crisp morning and the air smelled so fresh and full of nature – especially after 10hrs of cabin air!
I handed over my “infectious diseas surveillance form” before entering the terminal – not sure if anybody’s ever going to take a look at it – and passed the fever test.
When it was finally my turn at immigartions the officer stamped my passport only for 30 days. After pointing out, that I needed 75 days as written on the arrival form, she apologized and put down valid til July 31st. She explained to me that it’s not a work permit and that I could only stay 90 days in Namibia in total…I couldn’t be bothered to argue with her, that I only need 75 days and now had been given 91 days. Since I will disembark on July 15th and re-enter Namibia again in late July on a different boarder post, I figured it will be just fine. No rush in Africa, right?!
My drive into Windhoek was my first Namibian Safari! I spotted a “Pumba” – one of my favorite by the way – and an oryx. In general the drive into town was very different to all the others in Africa I had experienced so far. Hardly any traffic, very calm and a very rural feeling with the sun just rising and not a single cloud in the sky. I think I’ll like it here!