Namibia offers the visitor bountiful sunshine, abundance of wildlife and game reserves, scenic beauty and rich diversity of geological phenomena. The country is among the prime destinations in Africa and is known for ecotourism which features Namibia’s extensive Wildlife and Game Reserves and Tours and safari options. The friendliness and cultural diversity of its people, a well-developed infrastructure and an extensive choice of parks, resorts and variety of accommodations make it a sought-after tourist destination to which visitors return again and again. For sportsmen and adventurers Namibia has much to offer. Activities include soaring, hiking, hot-air ballooning, dune skiing, mountain biking, white-river rafting, hunting, equestrian sports and excellent coastal and freshwater angling.
The Etosha National Park consist of almost 23 000sq.km saline desert, savannah and woodlands in one of the largest parks in Africa.
A total of 114 species of mammals are found in the park including rare and endangered species like the black-rhino and black-faced impala. Etosha’s elephants are reputed to be of the largest in Africa, the tallest measuring up to 4m to the shoulder.
Other large game include blue wildebeest, mountain and plains zebra, hyaena and lion. Cheetah and leopard complete the trio of “big cats”.
About 300 bird species occur in the park, of which about one third are migratory, including the European bee-eater and several species of waders.
Situated at the far eastern side, Namutoni Rest Camp centers around an old German Fort dating back to 1903. On the way to Namutoni, just outside Etosha are a number of luxury guest farms.
Amongst shady Mopane trees, is Halali, the rest camp midway to the western border of the Etosha. The Moringa water hole, close to the camp, is floodlit at night.
Okaukuejo is Ethosa’s longest established and most popular rest camp and situated in the far western side. The opportunity exist to see elephant and black rhino close to the camp.
Ethosa’s definitive feature is the Etosha pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5000 sq.km. For the greater part of the year the pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud which shimmers with mirages on most days. It is seeing vast herds of game with this eerie “great white place of dry water” as a backdrop, which makes the Etosha experience unique.
The park, which is open throughout the year, is accessible from two gates – one in the east and one in the west. While each of Etosha’s 3 camps has its own character and atmosphere, all three have comfortable chalet accommodations, well equipped camping sites and modern amenities.
Situated east of Rundu and borders on the perennial Okavango River with an area of over 244km². It is characterised by riverine forests, a broad flood plain and large herds of elephant. the park does not have overnight facilities
Extends from the Ugab River in the south for 500km to the Kunene River in the north and covers an area of 16 400km². The attraction is it landscape, its aura of mystery and wildlife.
The Fish River Canyon is the second largest natural gorge in the world and the largest in Africa. Set in a harsh, stony plain dotted with drought resistant succulents, such as the distinctive quiver tree or kokerboom, the canyon is a spectacular natural phenomenon.
Formed over 500 million years ago, Fish River Canyon was created not only by water erosion, but through the collapse of the valley bottom due to movements in the earth’s crust. It drops vertically by half a kilometer without any warning. And as with most rivers in Namibia, the Fish River is generally dry except in the raining season, from January to April.
Beyond being a great place to take amazing photographs, the Fish River Canyon has become a popular hiking destination. The most popular trail, the aptly named Fish River Hiking Trail, is a 4-day, 86 km expedition open from May to September requiring a doctor’s approval to participate. With no services except for at the beginning and end, it’s obviously not for the faint of heart.
Sossusvlei means “the gathering place of water”, though seldom will you find water here. Instead you’ll find the highest sand dunes in the world and perhaps Namibia’s most outstanding scenic attraction.
These dunes, part of the Namib Desert, have developed over a period of many millions of years. The result of material flowing from the Orange River dumped into the Atlantic Ocean, carried northward and then returned again to land by the surf. Here the wind continuously shifts the sand further and further inland, reshaping patters in warm tints that contrast vividly with the dazzling white surface of the large deflationary clay pans at their bases. Climbing up one of these dunes provides breathtaking views of the whole area, including Deadvlei, a large ghostly expanse of dried white clay punctuated by skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees, carbon dated between 500-600 years old.
The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset when the dunes refract spectacular colors, ranging from burnt orange, red and deep mauve. It’s a photographer’s dream.
Lüderitz is located along the coast in southern Namibia and is probably the most unique town in Namibia.
Originally named “Angra Pequena” (small bay) by the famous Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Dias in 1488, it was re-named Lüderitz in 1884.
Lüderitz is located directly on the shores of Lüderitz Bay facing the Atlantic Ocean and forms a barrier between the towering coastal dunes of the Namib Desert to the north, and the unforgiving rocky coastline to the south.
Lüderitz is a colourful fishing harbour town with many interesting early 20th century German Art Nouveau buildings. The nearby world renowned Kolmanskop Ghost Diamond Town allows you the opportunity to see and experience what life was once like in this harsh desert landscape.
Back in 1912, *Kolmanskuppe* was one of the richest towns on the planet with its own millionaire’s row, large outdoor swimming pool, bowling alley, hospital, entertainment hall and ice making factory! The first X-ray machine in the southern hemisphere was introduced here as well as the first tram in Africa. Daily guided tours are on offer.
Lüderitz is also famous for its delicious fresh seafood; lobster, oyster and the much sought after abalone (Cape Perlemoen).
From the colourful fishing harbor and its small waterfront complex, there are daily marine cruises to see Dias Cross, outlying islands with Namibia’s largest colony of African Penguins (Halifax Island), Heaviside Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals (Seal Island) and sometimes whales.
Desert adventure activities are available including; 4×4 Guided and 4×4 self-drive tours into the vast Namib Naukluft Park to the north and the Tsau/Khaeb (Sperrgebiet National Park) to the south. The Tsau /Khaeb covers a large area of 26000km2 and contains over 2300 endemic succulents – the world’s top region for succulents found nowhere else.
The spectacular 59 meter high Bogenfels (coastal rock arch) is also located in the Tsau/Khaeb and is included in a full day 4 x 4 guided tour with the Pomona ghost diamond town and factory en-route.
Lüderitz can easily be reached by good tarred roads from Windhoek or via frequent Air Namibia flights from Hosea Kutako International Airport. Various accommodation establishments are available including one of Namibia’s leading four star hotels.
To fully appreciate what Lüderitz has on offer, a minimum two night stay is recommended.