@5410Africa Weekly Travel Update #2

Etosha National Park, Northern Namibia

Current country: Namibia

Hey everyone! this is the second installment of my weekly @5410Africa travel update. As I said in my first post this is to keep all those interested in my trip well informed. In this post I’ll talk a bit about my trip to Etosha National Park and future travel plans. Update you on progress with regards to the  vehicle I purchased for the 5410 trip, planned equipment purchases and finally how things are going on social media. So here goes!

What is @5410Africa?

For those that are new, welcome!!! I will be travelling to all 54 countries in Africa over a period of 10 years using my overland vehicle. Ill start in Namibia, my home country, and  move from one country to the next spending about two to three months in each. I’ll focus on budget travel with a dash of luxury along the way.

Due to Covid-19 and current travel restrictions I am currently getting in some local travel as a means to prepare myself for the longer 10 year trip. This includes a few trips in Namibia and Botswana.

Current travel

I spent the weekend plus a few more days at Etosha National Park in the North of Namibia. It was amazing and well worth it. I saw so many animals and the tranquility was food for the soul.  I’ll definitely do a post within the next two weeks. Part of the reason for the trip was to test my new vehicle and assess my preparedness for long term camping/overlanding. I failed miserably, on my camping readiness not the vehicle. Many changes are needed.

I’m heading into a one week quarantine tomorrow and then five weeks at sea.So there will be no travel for a while, but I’ve got an excellent next trip in mind and I’ll use the time to plan. Of course I’ll keep you updated 🙂

The Vehicle

After a delay of  nearly two weeks I finally received my vehicle on Thursday and immediately planned and executed a trip to Etosha. The vehicle is very old, but I am ecstatic with its performances over the weekend. I am confident in doing all of Africa. My blog post on Wednesday will be dedicated  to the new car. The post will be quite detailed, including some of the changes that will be made over the next 10 months.

Equipment and Others

Now that I have a vehicle I’ve started approving some quotes for work to be done. This will have to wait until I am back from sea, but at least there is progress. I’ll tell you more in the post on Wednesday.

My video and camera equipment are coming along, I’ll order some more whilst I’m at sea. I love buying myself things. One of the perks of being single 🙂 I noticed over the weekend  that I am seriously short on quality sound recording equipment. On two occasions Ive ended up with recordings that I could not use because of poor sound. If you all have any ideas please let me know.

Social Media

You can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, this blog and Facebook @5410Africa.

Twitter continues to grow. I’m  currently on 465 followers. I am so grateful for all the support. Also I am starting to form some good relationships and in time I’ll be looking to get some Namibian Twitter users together to do a trip. This will be my vibe all over Africa, I intend to connect with locals on a more personal level and do some trips, tours, day visits or even just an evening out together. Hell I’ll even attend you wedding or birthday party if you invite me.

Instagram is going and growing, but I’m still finding my feet. This is my first time using the app and its only been a month or two so nothing to stress about. Progress is evident.

I’ve been having a massive internal struggle about the format of  my YouTube channel. I’ve settled on a hybrid between a vlog with inserts of content in-between. I have developed massive respect for those that own and run channels. It really is not as easy as it seems. So I’ve decided to delay my first video to the next trip. From there I think I’ll have sufficient content to post at least once a week, I hope. So there you go, I promise that my next trip,  which I’ll announce within the next few weeks, will be featured on YouTube.

This blog continues to grow slowly. At this time I am very happy with that. Slow is manageable and I am learning as I go along. As long as I receive likes and followers increase, why would I complain?

Oh yeah I do have a Facebook page, but who cares 🙂

That’s it. Thanks for reading, liking and following my adventures. Feel free to get into contact if you wanne chat, comment or have any suggestions. Always welcome.

Enjoy your travels and be safe!

Nick from Namibia


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