Namibia is home to some of Africa’s most stunning landscapes. Here are just a few of them to get you started.
Etosha is regarded as one of the best and largest national parks in Africa, famous for its wildlife population and large salt pans. Etosha’s dry season is an incredibly exciting time of year, as you see floods game congregating in and around the few waterholes available.
This against the stark silver lined salt pans that surrounds them makes one of the most phenomenal sights in Africa. The variation of wildlife on offer in Etosha is what makes it really special. On the grasslands of Etosha you will find herds of zebra, wildebeest and impala grazing. Often with tall giraffe and elephant in sight. Etosha also has an abundance of cats, with a large population of cheetah, leopard and lion ever present. And if you’re really lucky you’ll see white and black rhino, as Etosha is one of the last and longest standing homes to these very special creatures.
Situated in the Namib-Naukluft Park, the dunes of Sossusvlei are one of Namibia’s most spectacular sights. No matter how many pictures you have seen of these colossal forms, seeing them with your own eyes is a wonderful experience.
Sunrise and sunset are definitely the best times to see this beautiful landscape. The dunes look even more magnificent as the enormous shadows accentuate their troughs and peaks and their amazing terracotta hues intensify. They are positively mountainous in their dimensions as they tower several hundred feet above the valley floor.
The Skeleton Coast is one of the most inhospitable places on earth yet amazingly alluring to those eager to experience first hand its bleak beauty and desolate loneliness. Its name relates to the many shipwrecks that have occurred along this part of the coast; where the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean meet the warm shores of the Namibian coastline, a dense fog is formed.
This natural phenomenon has been the downfall of many a sailor over the years and if you visit the Skeleton Coast today, you will see that there is nothing to interrupt the smoothness of the rolling dunes except the occasional trace of a shipwreck, ancient and sand-blown, left stranded and soon to be swallowed by the shifting sands.
The name ‘Skeleton Coast’ actually only refers to the bit of coastline between the rivers Ugab and Kunene although it has also become a generic term for Namibia’s entire desert coast. Despite its desert-like conditions, the Skeleton Coast is home to flourishing populations of seals, penguins, flamingos, dolphins and brown hyena – an extraordinary contrast supported by icy cold seas and scorching hot desert.
There’s just so much you could do in Namibia, and we’re full of ideas to suit you. In the meantime, here are three of our favourites.
The Schoeman’s Skeleton Coast Safari is one of the finest experiences available in Africa, and that is no exaggeration. Run by the sons of the famous Louw Schoeman, the founder of the operation, the family operate flying safaris up Namibia’s famous Skeleton Coast. This is much more than just a scenic flight, which many fail to realise. This is a full safari operation, and the only one that operates on The Skeleton Coastline. It is unique.
Accommodation is in simple small camps set up in breathtaking locations. Guests fly between the camps, stopping off in remote areas and exploring the different habitats they travel through. Trips with the Schoeman’s are guaranteed to open up the very best of the country. With each group limited to a maximum of four guests the experience is one of the most exclusive in Africa.
AfriCat was founded in 1991 on the 55,000 acre Okonjima Reserve, found in, central Namibia between Windhoek and Etosha. The foundation here has one mission, to contribute to the long term conservation of Namibia’s largest carnivores, particularly leopard and cheetahs. It’s a huge attraction for this lodge as it is very hard to find these beautiful animals anywhere else in Namibia!
If it’s a luxury safari you are looking for, then Okonjima will deliver. Here you will be spoiled with your own chef and safari vehicle. There is accommodation to suit all budgets, from a private camp site to real safari lodges, but wherever you stay on Okonjima, you will be guaranteed an African safari to remember.
The dunes of Sossusvlei are one of Namibia’s most famous attractions. Many come from far and wide to come visit. So why not avoid the crowds, have a champagne breakfast, and see the dunes from the best view of all, the sky! A hot air balloon ride is always a special experience, but doing it here might be the most special of all.
Timing is everything, and when you choose to visit will play a huge part in the experience you have. Here’s some advice to help.
This stretch of coastline is so named because the upwelling of the cold Benguela current gives rise to dense ocean fogs for much of the year causing a perilous obstacle for seafarers and the coastline is littered with ghostly shipwrecks.
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