Namibia

Fascinating and diverse landscapes will capture your heart.

 

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Images ©  Marc Hoberman

 

Namibia offers up one of the most fascinating and diverse landscapes on planet Earth: every corner turned reveals something new and unique making it an ideal destination for anyone. Wedged between the Kalahari and the South Atlantic, Namibia is the most arid country south of the Sahara.

Namibia is a land of superlative scenery and remarkable diversity, from lithe ridges atop the world’s highest dunes, to windswept beaches where the icy Atlantic crashes into the seemingly endless Namib Desert. Lush papyrus swamps, craggy mountain ranges, lichen plains and rolling ranch land complete the setting: the scale and drama of the wilderness alone is enchanting.

Visitors can witness huge concentrations of big game in the Etosha National Park, follow the footsteps of dinosaurs (literally), walk around petrified forests, surf down towering sand dunes and sip champagne at sunrise whilst soaring over endless horizons in a hot air balloon. You can track endangered black rhino in Damaraland, giggle at meerkat family antics in the Kalahari, be enlightened by bushmen’s environmental knowledge and gaze at glittering starlit skies. The Namibian coast is also popular for adventure activities, fishing and sky diving.

In addition to having a striking diversity of cultures and national origins, Namibia is a photographer’s dream – it boasts wild seascapes, thick “shipwrecking” fog and saltpans, rugged mountains, lonely deserts, stunning wildlife, colonial cities and nearly unlimited elbow room.

Southern Namibia offers a destination with a difference. You will not encounter massive herds of game or the big five, but rather experience vast landscapes with empty, ever-changing vistas with a magnificent variety of colour and textures. The peace and tranquility of this largely uninhabited corner of Namibia will mesmerize you. The variety includes the majestic dunes of Sossusvlei, the rocky splendor of the Fish River Canyon, the bubbling hot water springs of Ais-ais and the seemingly endless rows of ‘streets’ and dunes in the Kalahari desert.

So if its peculiar plants, pristine skies, enchanted deserts, life-giving fog or scarlet sunsets you’re after, then the allure of Namibia will enchant you beyond your wildest expectations. 

Location

Southern Africa

Currency

Namibian Dollar (NAD)

Visa

Valid passport required valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps; Check visa requirements pertaining to your citizenship as entry requirements can vary

Seasons

Wet: January to end March; Dry: mid-April to late October

Time

GMT +1

Electricity

220V @ 50Hz; plugs are round 3-pin

Health

Yellow fever innoculation is mandatory if coming from an infected area; malaria is present in certain areas

  • Etosha National Park, home to a vast array of adapted wildlife
  • Etosha Pan – a salt pan so large it can be seen from space
  • The Namib Desert with its dune fields and desert plains
  • Swakopmund – Namibia’s adventure capital – for beach, surfing, skydiving, sandboarding and dune biking
  • Sossusvlei, the oldest desert on earth with spectacular towering red sand dunes up to 300 m high
  • A diverse array of wildlife including large herds of zebra and springbok, Cape Fur Seals, rare desert-adapted elephant, coastal lions, black rhino and wild horses
  • Flight-based safaris and hot air ballooning over dynamic multi-coloured dunes, shipwrecks, moonscapes, shimmering pink flamingos and Cape Fur seals
  • Fish River Canyon for camping, walking, hiking or relaxing in the bubbling hot springs at Ais-Ais
  • The Skeleton Coast National Park
  • Epupa Falls, spectacular waterfalls in the Kaokaland area of the Kunene Region
  • The Petrified Forest of Twyfelfontein, which contains over 2,400 rock engravings
  • Kaokoland for an encounter with Himba, a self-sufficient, semi-nomadic people
  • Namibia is a photographer’s dream offering outstanding photo opportunities
  • Great climate, good infrastructure and accessibility

I am not sure if I ever thanked you for the AMAZING trip you put together for me through Namibia. It was the trip of a lifetime!

I shall definitely book with you for the fall of 2013. There are parts of Namibia I would like to do along with perhaps another country.

Dr. Diane HowardsCanada

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