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Goodbye 2022, hello 2023!

2022-12-16  Ndapanda Haininga

Goodbye 2022, hello 2023!

2022 is pretty much over, can you imagine?

It is perhaps just me, but this year did not last as long as I would have liked it to. I feel like I blinked in May and woke up at the very end of November.


Just me? Surely not.

The beauty in goodbyes is that we get to reflect on the good and the bad; we evaluate ourselves, measure growth and look back; you know? It is beautiful, and that is exactly what we are doing today, except, with travel.

As with many creators, the peak of my year is probably the brand deals I got to sign.

Namibia, largely, has been my playground, and while I have covered the larger ground, I am also of the belief that one never truly explores enough. So, I am willing to go as far as my feet will take me.

One of my proudest moments this year was getting the opportunity to write for an international inflight magazine, The Michaelangelo. Through a brand I partnered with, I was able to write up a Chobe Water Villa feature article that could have landed in the hands of people from all corners of the world.

You could not convince me that I am not the embodiment of ‘black girl’ magic if you tried.

The black magic did not stop there. Apparently, I was a good enough creator to partner with one of Namibia’s biggest tourism brands – Gondwana Collection. Imagine, little old me? I was chuffed.

My partnership with Gondwana did not only see me experience cultural villages but it had me visit one of my bucket list lodges, The Namushasha River Villa.

The villa is a floating boat on the Cuando River, which accommodates only two people at a time. It is built for couples to have undisturbed time away from the world. I would describe the Namushasha River Villa as the perfect Namibian honeymoon destination. Between waking up to the sounds of birds and hippos and the oversupply of food on the boat, nothing quite comes close.


2022 felt like the sun rising.

Some angles were uncomfortable, and there were times when the way forward was not obvious, but I think we all did okay. The kids will be alright.

The only logical thing to do now is to continue building on the foundation we have laid in 2022 for 2023 that we will never tire of speaking about.

From me and mine, fellow readers, happy holidays!

Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and yours.

Should you need travel consultation services, want to collaborate and so forth, please do not hesitate to contact me.


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2022-12-16  Ndapanda Haininga

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