Known as the Land of Contrasts, Namibia
is one of the Africa
s most beautiful countries. A distinct blend of desert and savannah, gaping canyons and the tumbling waters of the Kunene River. Namibia has a lot to offer so here are 10 reasons to pay a visit.
10. Climbing in Namibia
There is a tremendous variety of climbing options on offer, from tough mountain ranges and extinct volcanoes to the sweeping dunes of the Namib Desert. However if youre a serious climber and you feel like a challenge try your hand at the Spitzkoppe, otherwise known as ‘Namibias Matterhorn, a rough congregation of granite rock and any climbers dream. Although, if you really want to push the limits, climb Brandberg and reach the countrys highest point, known as Königstein.
9. Meeting the Himba people
Namibia is making good use of community based tourism with tourists given the chance to meet and interact with the nomadic people, The Himba. Explore their way of life and their intricate culture. Buy some authentic Himba jewellery and discover how they survive in the arid plains of Namibia and just what makes their life style so unique.
8. Walking safaris in the dunes
Take to the endless dunes in the Namib Desert, considered to be the oldest in the world at an estimated 55 million years old. From most lodges and camps there is the chance to walk the beautiful sweeping desert plains on a guided walking safari. Watch as the early morning sunlight causes the dunes to glow red against a stark and cloudless blue sky.
7. Fairy circles
Fairy circles are mysterious bald spots that appear in Namibian grassland, without any known reason. Namibia is considered one of the best places in the world to witness this strange phenomenon. The bald patches appear in all manner of shapes and sizes and can last for decades before eventually disappearing. The smaller of these patches only stick around for about 25 years but the big ones can remain for almost 80 years.
6. Tracking black rhinos
Staying at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp you are presented with the opportunity to track the rare and spectacular black rhino. Travel by 4x4 and on foot in search of these elusive creatures, to find one is an experience never to be forgotten.
5. Skeleton Coast
The name Skeleton Coast
arises from one of the spectacles of this amazing coastline. Its name is linked to the bones that litter the shoreline, they are a product of whale and seal hunting although along with them are numerous human skeletons as well. The Coast is lined with plenty of shipwrecks from throughout history and the sailors that stumbled off those broken vessels are now to be greeted as the bones in the sand.
4. Swakopmund adventure activities
If youre an adrenaline junkie there are a host of activities at Swakopmund
to keep you entertained and each as awesome as the last. Soar over the desert below as you skydive your way towards the swirling dunes beneath you or hop on your quad bike for a rugged adventure across the tough Namibian terrain. Or you can kayak your way to happiness or perhaps pick up or your board for a bit of sandboarding, the possibilities are endless.
3. Cape Cross Seals
Along the Namibian Coast is a great place for viewing the Cape fur seal. Pay a visit to the Cape Cross Seal Reserve where you can traverse 200km of walkway and get a closer look at the 200,000 strong seal population.
If youre eyes are in the mood for devouring as much scenery as they possibly can then leaving the dusty earth behind you as you float into the atmosphere aboard a hot air balloon might just do the trick. Witness the sunrise and the gradual regression of nights shadows as the burning rays of the sun turns the sand rosy from its glare. After your hour long flight you are driven back to camp where you can then relax with a sumptuous breakfast.
1. Etosha National Park
For amazing game viewing opportunities Etosha National Park
provides an excellent service. This malaria free reserve offers the chance to view all manner of game, including lion, zebra, elephant, gemsbok and black rhino. During the dry season game viewing is of a particularly high standard, as thousands of animals gather around the remaining water in order to survive. Encompassing a spectacular pan and with an area of 14136 miles, Etosha is Namibias wildlife extravaganza.
For your chance to experience any of the above, Mahlatini
can make it happen. In the blink of an eye you will find yourself in a world of luxury and adventure, the perfect blend for the perfect holiday.