Adventure Travels in Namibia

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Do you want to go to watch canyons ? You can watch it in Namibia.

Africa Safaris are known for a variety of most magnificent destinations to visit, from exclusive game reserves and parks and wildlife resort, including mountains, deserts and beaches. Meantime adventure tourists are deciding on safari holiday, Namibia should be a favorite destination to them.

Geography

Namibia is situated in Southern Africa, bordering South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and the Atlantic Ocean. Namibia boasts remarkable natural attractions such as the Namib Desert, the Fish River Canyon Park, Etosha National Park and the Kalahari Desert. Namibia produces some of the world’s highest quality diamonds.

Namibia has a reputation of being a land with much natural beauty. To truly appreciate the country, adventure visitors are advised to get out in the countryside, either on a tour or by renting a car, and take in the deserts, the mountains, the villages and all that that Namibia has to offer.

One of the most dominant features in Namibia is the Namib Desert that stretches for nearly a 1,000 km along the Atlantic coast. As one of the oldest deserts in the world, its sand takes on a distinctive rust colour and it has some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Sossusvlei is the most accessible part of this desert and is a magical place with its towering dunes that shift hues as the sun rises and sets. Further south, near the South African border, is Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world. Stretching for 160 km, it is reaches 27 km across at its widest and nearly 550 m down at its deepest. In the north of the country is the empty and mostly inaccessible Skeleton Coast National Park. It’s a seemingly barren expanse of stone and sand famous for its fog and the number of shipwrecks along the coast.

Why visit Namibia ?

As soon as adventure travelers step foot in Namibia, the impressive caliber of contrast is straight away visible. In the central area you will meet the amazing Herero women with their unique vibrant Victorian-fashion dresses, whereas in the rocky northwestern part of the country you will find the Himba. Using a well knowledgeable tour operator you will be taken to the most thrilling parts that this stunning nation has to offer. the skillful tour guides will be able to give in depth knowledge of the various attractions and ensure that you enjoy a memorable stay while in Namibia.

Culture

Namibia has a German influence from colonial times that is still reflected in some of its buildings. Windhoek has a number of interesting buildings like the Christuskirche, the train station and the castle-like Heinitzburg Hotel. Lüderitz is a colonial-era town with distinctive German Imperial and Art Nouveau styles. Nearby is the abandoned mining town of Kolmanskop. Once a thriving center for diamonds, the miners moved on and the sand dunes have moved in, but tours are still available.

Namibian speak nine different languages, including some of the Khoisan languages which include the ‘clicks’ that present an enigma to most native English-speakers. Namibians are very proud of their country.

Wildlife

Namibia has plenty of African wildlife to see. This includes some local subspecies, such as desert lions, desert elephants and the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, which are adapted to the harsh desert climate. Grazing animals like gemsbok, ostrich and springbok are also common. Namibia‘s national parks are an excellent and famous place to start exploring its fauna and one of the most famous is Etosha National Park in Northern Namibia. The park surrounds the Etosha salt pan, which attracts animals, particularly in the drier winter months, because it is a source of water in a very dry land. Other notable spots to view wildlife are Waterberg Plateau Park, the parks of the Caprivi and the remote Kaokoland.

Safaris

Taking a safari to Namibia will reward adventure travelers with an opportunity to visit some of the most amazing tourist destinations in the country such as: The Zambezi Region which is a marvelous oasis of streams plus wild animals.

Adventure travelers should explore Etosha National Park which is among the most famous game parks on the African continent. Adventure through the Namib Desert which for more than fifty five million years has endured the dry or semi-dry conditions, it is thought to be among the oldest deserts on the planet.

Explore Namib-Naukluft National Park which is the biggest conservation area within Namibia and among the largest on the planet. And lastly most parts of Namibia are malaria-free.

Namibia National Parks

  • Brandberg Mountains Nature Reserve
  • Etosha National Park
  • Waterberg Plateau Park
  • Nkasa Rupara National Park
  • Skeleton Coast
  • NamibRand Nature Reserve
  • Fish River Canyon Park
  • Namib-Naukluft National Park
  • Kaokoland Nature Reserve

Main Attractions in Namibia

Windhoek

Having 250,000 residents, Windhoek is Namibia‘s capital and the largest city. The eye-catching town is situated at an elevation of 1,650 m in a gorgeous valley bordered to the north by the Eros Mountains and to the south the Auas mountains . To the west are the Khomas Highland and the coast. This city is extremely clean and somewhat provincial. However you can find a number of buildings in the ancient Wilhelmian style of the age of German colonialism, that give rise to the charm of this capital city. The impact of German language plus culture is visible in several ways.

There is an international airport in Windhoek Forty five kilometers from the town and a wide range of hotels plus guesthouses.

Sossusvlei

The Sossusvlei is probably the highest sand-dunes on the planet at Three hundred meters. The Sossusvlei spread over a large area of nearly 500 sq km of the great Namib Desert that is regarded among the most ancient deserts by several geologists.

The Sossusvlei might be famous for its large area of giant dunes, however what makes them more spectacular is their color arrangement. The shades differ in accordance with the age of these dunes; older the dunes the brighter the color of the sand. These differing colorings of red are the spotlight of the Sossusvlei and these define the huge attractiveness of the Namib Desert.

Walvis Bay / Swakopmund

Swakopmund is the most well liked holiday destination in Namibia, and it draws in surfers, anglers as well as beach-lovers from various countries. However, the beach front resort recently reinvented itself as an adventure-sports hub of Namibia.

Etosha

Etosha, having its large number of wild animals plus plants is situated in northern Namibia and it’s among the biggest game parks across Africa. In the drier months of June to November the available water points attract the different large mammals in large number with almost 150 different mammal species like the Black Rhino, Gemsbok, Black-faced Impala and the Tssesebe.

Damaraland/ Kalkfeld

Namibia is a country of outstanding contrasts and the Damaraland illustrates this with huge plains, forests as well as very old valleys leading to the rocky outcrops plus the rising peaks of Brandberg Huge Mountains.

Kalahari

This area is characterized by the long sand-dunes running in concurrent rows, in northwest-southeast direction, and soaring in some areas to a height of 15-30 m over the dune valleys in between them.

Fish River Canyon

The Fish River Canyon, located on the lower areas of Fish River, is among the most spectacular natural beauties within the southern area of Namibia. Having a depth of 550 m, the Fish River Canyon is the world’s second biggest canyon. The large gorge meanders over an approximately distance of 160 km through the fissured Koubis massif down to Ai-Ais. This canyon begins close to Seeheim and its 161km long ending at Ai-Ais.

Cape Cross / Squelettes

The main tourist attraction at Cape Cross is the huge seal colony as well as an intriguing history of this location.

The earliest European to land on Namibian soil was Diogo Cao a Portuguese explorer (1486) who constructed the very-first stone cross in respect of King Johannes of Portugal. This was a custom of the Portuguese to construct a cross which ever place they arrived at. Their crosses had a number of functions: they were a symbol of Christianity, landmark for traversing ships and documentation of the privileges of possession.

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