Namibia, named after the world’s oldest desert, the Namib, is a country filled with sheer natural beauty, prolific wildlife, remote wilderness and great conservation. It also has the highest dunes in the world and Africa’s biggest canyon.
“Climb the highest sand dunes in the world. Descend to the floor of the deepest canyon in Africa. Immerse yourself in the past at one of the Africa’s richest rock art sites, and watch wildlife shimmer against one of the most spectacular pans on earth. Explore the oldest, driest desert in the world and take time to listen to the silence and to your soul.” – From Namibia Tourism
Etosha (derived from the Oshiwambo and means “big, white place”). Covering more than 20,000 sq km, Etosha is one of Africa’s great wildlife parks and Namibia’s prime wilderness conservation area. It holds one of the largest populations of black rhino in the world and unlike other parks, where you can spend days looking for animals, Etosha’s charm lies in its ability to bring the animals to you. Even if you’ve had a taste of African wildlife watching previously, you are likely to be mesmerised by it here.
Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan that is set amidst some of the world’s highest sand dunes towering up to nearly 400m above the valley floor. It is renowned for its majestic, warm red and orange coloured dunes contrasting against the stark white floors of the pans but there are many other attractions nearby. These include Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei. All providing abstract beauty that is unseen anywhere else in the world.
The Caprivi Strip is a 450km long stretch that connects Namibia with Victoria Falls and Botswana. It is an area renowned for its diverse and prolific wildlife and is certainly off the beaten path. At the eastern end of the Strip is the Chobe River and Chobe National Park which are known for having large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo.
Measuring 27 kilometres wide, 550 metres deep and 160 kilometres long, the spectacular Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world and one of Africa’s greatest natural wonders. You can choose to soak it up in the hot springs of Ai Ais or spend 5 days doing a monumental hike that takes you half the length of the Canyon. Either way there is nowhere else in Africa will you find anything quite like Fish River Canyon.
Windhoek – A harmonious blend of modern design, traditional African themes and old German colonial architecture, Namibia’s capital city lies in the heart of the country and is ideal for staying over at the beginning of your journey or to rest at the end.
Swakopmund is Namibia’s second biggest town and one of the most surreal and unique destinations in the country. Set on the Atlantic Ocean at the edge of the Namib Desert, this former colonial town is famous for its German-themed architecture and culture. Further south, down the coast you will reach the small town of Lüderitz. A place that feels as if it were stuck in a time warp, this holiday town is said to be one of the most incongruous places in Africa.
Damaraland is one of the country’s most spectacular regions with vast, arid plains that are intersected by sudden towering outcrops. One of the main attractions is the picturesque Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, which is home to thousands of ancient rock paintings – most notably the White Lady. You can also visit the Petrified Forest, which offers a haunting landscape of gigantic fossilised tree trunks that can be dated back 280 million years.
A 500 km long coastal stretch in Namibia, the Skeleton Coast is a hostile but fascinating place. They call it “the world’s largest ship cemetery” or “As Areias do Inferno – The Sands of Hell”. This barren wasteland is actually a Nature Park and serves as the home to some remarkable creatures like an entire colony of Cape fur seals and even elephants, lions, giraffe’s and more. The award winning “Vanishing Kings” was filmed along the Skeleton Coast and depicts an epic story of the rare desert adapted lions.