If you are visiting Africa for the first time, there couldn’t be a better place to start than Namibia. It is one of the continent’s most prosperous countries and is a perfect example of cultural and ethnic diversity. From lush wetlands to parched deserts, this place offers its visitors a varied range of landscapes. But what really makes it a must visit is its fascinating wildlife. Home to cheetahs, black rhinos, desert adapted elephants, springbok antelope, ground pangolin, brown hyenas, African buffalos and many more animals, it is a haven for not just the wildlife enthusiasts but nature lovers in general. It is the right mix of adventure and calm. The country provides you with adrenaline rushes but also allows you to enjoy a starry sky at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter whether you are on a shoestring budget or are looking forward to a luxury holiday, from modest campsites to bush lodges, Namibia offers a plethora of options to choose from. So if you happen to be on an adventure holiday to Namibia, do not miss upon the following places:
The Namib Desert: It is an ecosystem of picturesque mountains and sand dunes. In its expansive desert you can see oryx pick their way over towering dunes or stare out from under camel thorn trees, ostriches race through the glittering mist and desert adapted elephants lumber along dry river beds. Sossusvlei and the Deadvlei are every traveller’s haven. While the former is a green refuge in the midst of the desert, the latter, a clay pan scattered with dead trees, is a photographer’s dream.
Fish River Canyon: The world’s second largest canyon is a must visit for that much needed adrenaline rush. It is immensely popular among tourists for its adventure sports like hiking.
Kalahari: The world famous semi-desert is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Its remote Khaudum Park shows the local culture and traditions and boasts of a rich wildlife.
Damaraland: Laden with hills and villages, Damaraland is a breath taking place. You can easily track the famous desert-adapted elephants and black rhinos in this area. You can also visit Namibia’s only world heritage site, Twyfelfontein that exhibits exceptional rock art.
Kaokoland: Home to one of the indigenous tribes, Himba, Kaokoland is a vast desert area. If solitude is what you are looking for then this might be the perfect place to be. Enjoy the grassy valleys and experience mirages in this untouched corner of the world. The only thing to be kept in mind is not to travel solo.
Etosha: It is a national park offering a unique safari experience in a natural setting. It is dominated by a vast clay pan, with waterholes at the southern edge. Etosha is a totally different experience.
Whether it is exploring one of Africa’s remotest coasts, tracking black rhinos through dunes, or bonding with the big cats in reserves, Namibia definitely promises you an unforgettable travel experience. So pack your essentials and bon voyage!