Namibia

Namibia

Namibia is characterized by its desert habitat. This harsh environment forms a magnificent backdrop for a different kind of safari. Animal populations are smaller, but sightings in this sparse setting tend to be rewarding. Not to be missed is Etosha Pan, a seasonal wildlife magnet.

Namibia, one of the world’s last true wilderness areas is vast, fifth largest country in Africa and larger than France and Great Britain combined.

It is famed for its immense landscapes that are devoid of people, limitless horizons, remarkable flora and abundant and unique wildlife; a place where elephants live in the desert and lions eat seals on beaches, an unusual spectacle!

Namibia’s abundant wildlife is arguably it’s greatest asset. Large game species also include rhino, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, leopard, cheetah, impala, oryx and many more. Dune-dwellers, reptiles and amphibians some of which are endemic to the country.

The plants are rare and can survive in extreme conditions such as a few drops of dew. Some are endemic to the region, the most famous being the quiver tree of the aloe family growing in the south and the welwitschia that grows only in the northern Namib. The difficult conditions under which the plants live allow very slow development: medium height plants are older than 1000 years and specimens that achieve 2m are about 2000 years!

Pretty little sleepy towns, of another era, were created when the diamond rush around 1910 began and diamonds in the Pomona area were so plentiful that they could be picked up from the ground with bare hands.

Its staggering geology boasts the world’s highest sand dunes, one of the world’s oldest deserts, and the second largest canyon. Climbing a dune at Sossusvlei to watch the sunrise it’s easy to see why Namibia is a photographer’s dream. The dunes are enchanting, totally unspoilt, and best of all, you have them to yourself.

The land’s wild and relentless nature has created the “Skeleton Coast”; the name is derived from the whale and seal bones that once littered the shore from the whaling industry and latterly the skeletal remains of the shipwrecks caught by offshore rocks and fog. This pristine Atlantic coastline is about 2000 km and is most spectacular.

Flying along the Skeleton Coast you will find roaring dunes, hundred-thousand-strong seal colonies, mysterious shipwrecks, intriguing desert-adapted plants and animals, and flocks of pelicans and flamingos.

Namib Kalahari Desert, vast and empty where giant ocher sand dunes of Sossusvlei dominate the landscape to the south and the famous Etosha National Park, a silvery pan and surrounding plains in the north of the country teem with game, making this park one of the world’s greatest wildlife viewing venues.

The Caprivi Strip gives access to the Zambezi River. The Fish River Canyon the country’s most spectacular geological phenomenon and second in grandeur only to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Namibia is the setting for countless natural wonders.

Damaraland is between the National Park Etosha and the Brandberg massif where desert-adapted elephant and endangered black rhino roam freely and can be tracked on foot and in open 4*4. elephants.

There is also the impressive cultural diversity there; the Khoisan (a group including San original are inhabitants of Southern Africa and the Khoi or Hottentot ancestors of current Nama), the Herero (pastoral people of Bantu language). the nomadic Himba tribe, with their skin painted ocher, living in the north and finally the European peoples from European, Germans and Afrikaners all coexist in these vast spaces creating the special atmosphere, respect and tolerance.

Namibia is the land of diamonds, gemstones and other minerals, some not found anywhere else, and have created wealth for the country.

Namibia offers the adventurer a wide range of activities such as hiking, parachuting, micro-lighting, hot-air ballooning, dune skiing, wild river rafting, lake diving, horse riding, and abseiling to name a few.

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