Ever since I’d heard of Namibia, I’ve dreamed of going. The whole point of this Africa journey is to see wild animals, with everything else being a bonus, I mean, stunning views or unexpected friendship and etc.
I remember I was there in July 2019. Winter has arrived in the southern hemisphere while the daytime temperature remains high. This is exactly as I envisioned Africa: scorching and primitive.
I’m fortunate to have seen some awesome places, but none have made me feel so awestruck as this. From vast desert landscapes to the wild Skeleton Coast and the Harnas wildlife foundation, no feature falls short of spectacular. So, I’m not sure why people didn’t venture there until very recently.
As an international volunteer who lived in Namibia for nearly a month, I’m proud to say that Namibia is a destination worth visiting.
The experience of becoming one of the members of Harnas Wildlife Foundation was unforgettable. Harnas is one of the few wildlife orphanages and medical centers in the world to take in abused, injured, and captured wild animals from Namibia, Botswana, and southern African nations, saving hundreds of animals per year.
When I was in Harnas, the most fascinating parts for me were preparing animal food and feeding hundreds of wild animals. Volunteers need to arrange different meals for different animals, which is time-consuming but rewarding.
Cheetah, leopard, baboon, mongoose, zebra, springbok, lion, ostrich… I encountered a variety of wild animals here and even picked up some “useless” facts, such as the distinction between cheetah and leopard, which I had never noticed before.
The memories about this journey are cherished. Just like what Maugham said, “In my heart was a desire to live more dangerously. ” I yearn for a different life and also a different version of myself.