Few countries in Southern Africa can match Namibia’s diversity, striking starkness and mind-boggling natural beauty.
As its name implies, Namibia lays claim to the worlds oldest desert, the Namib. One of the planets most stark and contrasting environments, from the sand sea and perfect dead-tree valleys at Sossusvlei to the sand dunes the size of mountains, which plunge to the sea at Sandwich Harbour and the haunting Skeleton Coast.
During your journey through Namibia, you may well look around and wonder if you've fallen off the end of the earth. The country's barren, misty, sand-swept coastline, from Walvis Bay to Lüderitz, and immense red dunes of Namib/Naukluft Mountains and Sossusvlei evoke thoughts of another world.
There is no doubt that Namibia has some of the most spectacular desert landscapes in the world. Away to the north, along the Skeleton Coast to the Angolan border, the dramatic coastline of the Atlantic Ocean where the cold Benguela current provides a refreshing breeze lies shipwrecks with their history and tales. This is a wild country. The whole environment shows wildlife and humans at the very edge of existence, giving a heightened sensation that human and animal kind is very much at the mercy of the elements.
Inland, running through the centre of the country, is the Naukluft Mountains forming almost a "backbone" to Namibia, with just immense glorious scenery. With the rivers and wetlands in the Caprivi Strip and the endless gold-grass plains of the Kalahari, it's challenging to think of any iconic African landscape that doesn't form part of the greater Namibia wonderland.
Make no mistake; this barren landscape is one of Southern Africa's most unique and best places to watch wildlife. Etosha National Park in the country's north has game in abundance across its salt flats and congregating around water holes.
Complementary to Etosha is Damaraland, where your adventures take you face to face with desert-adapted elephants and lions and also happens to host Africa's largest population of free-ranging rhinos! One of the few places left where rhino tracking is a real highlight. Over in the Caprivi Strip, towards the borders of Botswana and Angola, the wildlife is returning and becoming wonderfully rich.
Safari Guru planned our journey to Namibia to perfection. We got to see Windhoek and its surroundings, the huge red dunes in Sossusvlei , climb Big Daddy at dawn, and take a balloon ride across the moon-like vastness of Namib-Naukluft. From there, we took a magnificent private plane journey up the Skeleton Coast to stay at the parks in the north and cross into Etosha. The flow and pace of the trip were just right, we couldn't have done this vacation without their expertise, and their knowledge of the destination was second to none. We can't thank them enough.
- Glenn Mitchell, Cayman Islands
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