If breath-taking scenery, endless horizons, intricate cultures, desert adapted wildlife and magnificent geology are on your wish list, then Namibia is a destination that will surely satisfy and exceed your expectations. A few of the teasers are described below.
Sossusvlei is one of Namibia’s most notable and spectacular destinations; a salt and clay pan surrounded by striking red dunes that is home to a plethora of fascinating desert adapted creatures and flora. Sossusvlei is located in the Namib–Naukluft National Park, the largest conservation area in Africa; and in the southern part of the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. The mighty dunes of this area are among some of the highest in the world: there are few experiences that compare with conquering Big Daddy and fathoming the remarkable dune scenery that stretches endlessly beyond the horizon. Within this desert spectacle lies Deadvlei, a bone white, clay pan characterised by lifeless, thousand year old Camel-thorn trees. It is devoid of life, yet is an eerily beautiful place that provides stark, striking images recognised the world over.
Swakopmund is a great Namibian destination, with a fascinating blend of German-Namibian inhabitants that reside here. It is located in the extraordinary landscape that exists between the cold Atlantic sea and the dry Namib Desert, while boasting architecture that has a distinctive German personality which is lovely to explore. Visit the seaside promenades and great beaches, while appreciating delicious seafood in fabulous restaurants. Swakopmund is one of Namibia’s most popular holiday destinations for good reason – there are a huge variety of activities available in the area including fishing, surfing, beaching and boating or for the truly adventurous there is quad biking in the dunes or sky diving over them.
Kaokaland is an area of breath-taking mountain scenery, and is home to the remarkable desert adapted elephant, black rhino, oryx and giraffe. Bordered by the Hoanib River in the south and the Kunene in the north, it is also the home of the Himba people, an ancient tribe of semi nomadic people who have inhabited the area for centuries. The landscape is harsh and rugged, but reveals its splendour during the early morning and late afternoon when the Namibian sun, angled just so, illuminates the topography into a mesmerising blend of light and shadows.
Damaraland is an area of many attractions and is most notable as being the dwelling place of the desert adapted elephant and desert adapted lion. Bushmen occupied the area of the Brandberg Massif for several thousands of years and thus rock paintings can be explored here. The most famous of these is the White Lady of Brandberg which stands about 40cm tall. The Twyfelfontein (meaning doubtful spring) rock engravings are a World Heritage site and boast many thousands of Bushmen rock engravings and paintings.
Etosha, meaning Place of Mirages, is a National Park in the Kunene region. Etosha is at its most remarkable during the dry winter season, when thousands of animals have little choice but to gather around the parks’ water holes that are situated along the southern edges of the pan. The best way to truly appreciate the scenes here, are to quietly observe the ebb and flow of herds of animals against the stark background of the bone white pans.
This truly remarkable desert destination is a must on any travellers’ wish list!
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