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Namibia

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" Land of Extremes "

The oldest desert in the world, the largest canyon in Africa, holy mountains, bizarre landscapes: Namibia – land of extremes, the discovery of which is an extraordinary experience.

 

Whether you marvel at the dunes from a birds perspective , explore Etosha National Park in a 4 x 4 or follow the spoor of the legendary desert elephants – Namibia offers the adventure of a lifetime.

Completely different to any other African safari destination, Namibia's varied landscape make it the perfect self-drive option, boasting spectacular sand dunes, an unspoilt coastline and the world's oldest desert. 

An abundance of wildlife includes the rare desert adapted elephant and almost half of the world's population of black rhino. 

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Boasting some of the most spectacular desert systems in the world, Namibia's harsh landscape is an unlikely paradise for humans and wildlife alike.  Most of Africa's large charismatic mammals occur in Etosha and other parts of the north, while unique desert-adapted wildlife inhabits the Namib.

Situated in the subtropics, the country's entire western border is flanked by the Atlantic coastline - a cool and often inhospitable environment.  The cold Benguela current, which drifts northwards from Antarctica, has a massive influence on the Namibian climate.  Cool, moist air from the west sweeps inland from the sea and as it mixes with the dry, warm desert air it creates life sustaining condensation to a myriad of flora and fauna.

INSPIRED DESTINATIONS

Etosha National Park is without a doubt one of Africa's best game reserves.  It protects a vast shallow bowl of silvery sand the size of Holland - and its surrounding bush.  It is During the dry season when huge herds of animals can be seen amidst some of the most startling and photogenic safari scenery in Africa.  For most of the year, Etosha offers ideal places just to sit quietly, observing and photographing game from the comfort of your vehicle.

In the far south of Namibia, the Fish River rises in the centre of the country, before flowing into the Orange River, on Namibia's border with South Africa.  In between it has formed the great Fish River Canyon - the largest canyon in the southern hemisphere.

The remote northwest of Namibia, known as Kaokoland (or the Kunene Region), is home to dramatic scenery, small populations of game and the Himba people, and beside it lies the equally remote coastline of the famous Skeleton Coast.

Outside of any national park, the huge tracts of Damaraland's semi-desert wilderness is spectacular.  This is home to Namibia's famous desert-adapted elephants and black rhino, and also home to a few small communities who are benefitting from the visitors who visit here.

The classic desert scenery around Sesriem and Sossusvlei is legendary.  Enormous sand dunes with gracefully curving ridges, invariably pictured in the sharp light of dawn with a photogenic oryx or feathery acacia adjacent.  Sesriem and Sossusvlei lie on the Tsauchab River, one of two large rivers (the other being the Tsondab, further north) that flow westward into the great dune field of the central Namib.

  • Namibia is a destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers. 

  • Namibia is an ultimate a self-drive destination but can be done with charter flights if budget allows, or driver-guided for a stress-free & seamless travel experience.

  • Varied landscape assures a diverse range of sights and activities .

  • Most roads in Namibia are gravel, and in a fair to poor condition unless recently graded. In some areas driving can be a little more challenging due to road conditions.

  • A safe country to travel through, the local people are friendly and hospitable.

Self-Drive & Game Viewing

  • Namibia's desert top soil consists of a fragile dry dust which, when driven over, will remain fissured and scarred for millennia to come. 

 

  • Therefore off-road driving is strictly prohibited, not just inside all the national parks, but also on most private reserves and conservancies.

  • This means game viewing might at times prove challenging since you are not allowed to veer off allocated roads (which incidentally are often surrounded by the most awe-inspiring landscapes) to approach wildlife. And yet this is all part of the attraction; the adventure of looking out for interesting animals and perhaps being rewarded by a great sighting on a long journey.

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Our Africa specialists have explored this fascinating country in-depth, from the south to the northern borders, and can help you plan a holiday tailored to your interests.