Located in southern Africa on the Atlantic Ocean, Namibia is largely a desert ranchland bordering South Africa, Botswana, and Angola. Magical and mysterious, the country has striking natural landscapes and clearer skies than anywhere else in Africa.
Namibia is a heaven for wildlife enthusiasts with over 600 bird species, over 200 mammal species (of which 26 are endemic) including unique desert-dwelling rhinos and elephants. There are numerous options for adventure seekers – climb the highest sand dunes in the world, descend to the floor of the deepest canyon in the continent, explore the past at one of the Africa’s richest rock art sites, or enjoy a hot air balloon ride over awe-inspiring views of Sossusvlei.
Home to 11 major ethnic groups, each celebrating their past and present, the nation is a wonderful collage of dress, language, art, music, sport, food and religion.
Some of the important destinations on this country include:
Located within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, it is famous for its red/pink/orange sand dunes and white salt pans. Watching the sunrise over this stunning landscape from the silence of a hot air balloon is an incredible experience.
Etosha National Park
The second largest of Namibia’s game reserves after Namib-Naukluft, Etosha surrounds the vast Etosha salt pan. The Park is home to elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, cheetah, caracal, hyena, giraffe, zebra, and many antelope.
The place gets its name from the whale and seal bones that once littered the shore from the whaling industry. In modern times, the coast harbours the skeletal remains of the shipwrecks caught by offshore rocks and fog. Dunes meet sea at this coast and there is a lot to see and do.
Adjoining the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland is remote wilderness that is home to endangered wildlife such as the desert elephant as well as black rhino, oryx, kudu and springbok.
As the name suggests, the Namib-Naukluft National Park contains both the Namib Desert and the Naukluft Mountain Range. The Park is characterised by wide open spaces, purple-blue mountains, and breath-taking sunsets.
The capital city of Namibia, Windhoek is a great place to enjoy some time and explore Namibian history. The main points of interest here are the Parliament and the old Lutheran church called the Christuskirche.
Fish River Canyon
The Park is home to one of the largest canyons in the world. Known in Afrikaans as the Visrivier Afgronde, the canyon is formed by the Fish River, one of the longest in Africa.
Formerly a German colonial city, the town lies next to an open, natural ocean bay, and is home to well maintained old houses from the German colonial times. One has a chance to go quad biking in the desert, set off on camel safaris, try sandboarding on nearby dunes or just relax on the beach.
Highlights of Namibia (8 Days)
This 8-day trip covers the key highlights that Namibia has to offers its visitors.
Get up close and personal with the region’s iconic wildlife and landscapes. Spot animals, gaze at the stunning natural vistas, and also enjoy some leisure time to get the smell and feel of the place.
ROUTING: WINDHOEK – SOSSUSVLEI – NAMIB-NAUKLUFT PARK – SWAKOPMUND – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – WINDHOEK
Grand Tour of Namibia (11 Days)
Explore a bit more of Namibia in this comprehensive tour.
This trip also includes the beuatiful rock carvings (Unesco World Heritage site) at Damaraland.
ROUTING: WINDHOEK – SOSSUSVLEI – NAMIB-NAUKLUFT PARK – SWAKOPMUND – DAMARALAND – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – WINDHOEK
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