Goodbye Namibia

Love fest at the Cheetah Conservation Fund

Love fest at the Cheetah Conservation Fund

Savoring our last moments in Namibia, we get on a plane in a few hours and head toward California. As we reflect on the past 6+ months, we have a lot to be grateful for. We have been forever touched by Namibian landscapes, wildlife, and people.

Livingstone, one of the most adorable faces at CCF

Livingstone, one of the most adorable faces at CCF

It was phenomenal to work and live at the Cheetah Conservation Fund, becoming familiar with the wonderful ways of cheetahs and connecting with so many people passionate about wildlife conservation.

CCF director Laurie, Jenna, and staff gardener Petrus with a recent harvest from the Chewbaaka Memorial Garden

CCF director Laurie, Jenna, and staff gardener Petrus with a recent harvest from the Chewbaaka Memorial Garden

Our home and neighbors at CCF

Our home and neighbors at CCF

The last several weeks of traveling around this marvelous country helped put our time at CCF into context and deepened our relationship with the ecosystems, plants, and animals in this part of the world.

The big man at Na'an Ku Se wildlife sanctuary near Windhoek

The big man at Na’an Ku Se wildlife sanctuary near Windhoek

An African wild dog at Na'an Ku Se wildlife sanctuary

An African wild dog, the most endangered predator in Africa, at Na’an Ku Se wildlife sanctuary

We thank this country, Namibia, and we thank you, our readers, for coming on this journey with us. It has truly enriched our experience to be able to share it with you.

Deadvlei near Sossusvlei

Deadvlei near Sossusvlei, a classic view of the Namib desert. These dead trees are thought to be 500 years old.

As we prepare to depart, we hold hope in our hearts for Namibia’s future, for the preservation of its wild places, wildlife, and rich cultural traditions.

Sunset at Elim Dune in the Sossusvlei area

Sunset at Elim Dune in the Sossusvlei area

Jenna makes friends with a caracal at Na'an Ku Se

Jenna makes friends with a caracal at Na’an Ku Se

With love and gratitude,

Chris and Jenna

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8 thoughts on “Goodbye Namibia

  1. Jess

    Jenna – I think your next job should be with National Geographic. Your photos are amazing and I have really enjoyed seeing them. Safe travels home!

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  2. kwfriedel

    I got a little teary thinking about all you’ve experienced and contributed to that beautiful country. Those memories will last forever. Glad you are on your way home, safe travels and best wishes for the next phase of your life.

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  3. Sheri

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful, life-altering experience with us, Jenna. Looks like you’ve made your mark on that part of the world, too!

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  4. Mimi Mullen

    It was such a pleasure and joy to read your blog and take in all the wonderful photos. Thanks so much for sharing your adventure and safe travels home.

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  5. Ben

    Wow, what a great ending to an adventure of a lifetime. Your photos have been gorgeous, thanks for taking the time to share this journey with us! Safe journeys home!

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  6. caitlin

    i am so sad that i won’t be in california to welcome you both home. it has been so so special reading your words, feeling your hearts, and seeing some of namibia through your eyes and experiences. thank you for all your sharing – and for the love you bring to the planet. i am blessed to be able to call you dear friends. and i hope your transition home is smooth, comfortable, and as-easy-as-possible. be gentle with yourself….with culture-shock, pace-of-life-shock, and such. i miss you tremendously. and can’t wait to see you in the fall. love love love (from vietnam!!), c

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