Adventures and Outings: Naomi in South Africa & Namibia

Adventures and Outings: Naomi in South Africa & Namibia

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Carrie McBride
Sep 6, 2007
We're wrapping up Adventures and Outings! Thank you to all the parents who sent in photos of their children on the go and for sharing so many fantastic travel tips! We hope your little ones enjoy their AT bibs!

Ruben and Mutaleni used a trip to Africa as an opportunity to reconnect three months after their daughter Naomi's birth. The family spent a week in Cape Town, South Africa and then took a 21 hour (!) bus ride to Windhoek, Namibia to visit Mutaleni's family. The ride was fine - seeing that Naomi is a relaxed baby and still has very simple needs. My family was delighted to meet her! My parents took her to my father's village in northern Namibia (a 7 hour car ride) where an aunt performed a welcoming ceremony and presented us all with traditional clothes. We enjoyed the trip and both agree that it was made easier by a few factors:

  • Having a Baby Bjorn and our own car seat (which doubled as baby chair in restaurants).
  • Keeping things simple - our family motto - by borrowing friends' cars and using a long distance bus company (thereby saving on expensive car rentals and short distance flights in Africa).
  • Still doing things the baby doesn't mind like visiting places of historic relevance or going to the cinema (she slept a lot and can't yet move about!).
  • Ensuring comfort and privacy by renting an apartment or staying in a small hotel.
  • Keeping bed time rituals (bath, prayer, bed). It was a fantastic trip!
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