Destination Overview NAMIBIA

Namibia

Namibia…. Contrasting paradise! The country’s striking quality of contrast is evident and its attractions are as unique as the visitors who enjoy them. There’s something for everyone ranging from spectacular Sossusvlei, boasting the highest dunes in the world. Or going south to the Fish River Canyon, second largest canyon in the world.

Etosha National Park is one of the premier destinations, where you’ll view rare and endangered species such as black rhino, cheetah and black-faced impala against the unique backdrop of the Etosha Pan. Discovering the Zambezi is a luxury experience with a combination of fertile wilderness riverine forest, flood plains, swamps and open woodland.

This is a land of extremes; hot days and freezing nights, cold seas and hot deserts, harsh landscapes, wild animals and gentle people, thriving life in a barren rock and sand, and landscapes of infinite vastness.

Namibia is known for spectacular encounters with the nature and wide range of activities that appeals to your spirit of adventure. Those who enjoy absolute quiet can opt for a dolphin cruise and camel or horse-trail adventure through the desert. Motor races are offered for the motorbike enthusiast and various hiking routes and caves across the country invite those who prefer to explore on foot. Extreme sports such as mountain climbing, endurance racing, skydiving and hiking the world’s second largest canyon are for those who like to feel adrenalin rushing through their veins! The driving can be challenging, distances are vast, the wildlife is really wild – it is surely not for the faint hearted.Besides that, you will find some of the world’s most spectacular desert ecosystems as well as a wide range of landscapes, wildlife and people. Namibia’s magical beauty and virgin landscapes make it one arid, expansive paradise. Between the hospitable Namib Desert lining the Atlantic coast and the escarpment of the interior plateau hides a panorama of richly coloured sand dunes, vast plains, savannahs teeming with African game and rugged brown mountains. This landscape comprises some of the most pristine wilderness on the globe. The first country in the world to enshrine environmental protection in its national constitution, ensuring that roughly 40 percent of the territory is designated for conservation.
Also, Namibia is home to 11 ethnic groups of evident diversity. These are namely; Herero, Damara, Nama, Coloured, Baster, Owambo, Ovahimba, Kavango, Caprivian, and San and White people. Each of the varied cultural groups has their unique traditional traits that contribute to the richness of the Namibia’s cultural heritage and unity. There are a number of cuisines on offer – both traditional and international. Traditionally meat is the main food of choice among locals and Namibia beef is renowned worldwide for its quality and taste. There are plenty of restaurants including traditional/specialty (Italian, Portuguese, Indian, Chinese, German and others) restaurants countrywide with menus to cater for every taste.“The countries breath-taking scenery and fascinating landscapes has the power to capture your heart. The deafening silence or the illumination of its horizons makes you feel minor insignificant and let your worries pale away. It is one of the places in the world that gives you peace of mind as you connect with nature and ultimately feel mentally charged. Its’ the kind of place that touches the soul, where the vast scale of un-spoilt natural environment gives you a sense of perspective and humility. With these unique experiences “”you can leave Namibia, but it can never leave you….””

Top Destinations

Sossusvlei – The Sossusvlei Region is situated in south-western Namibia and is characterized mainly by the Namib Naukluft Park and its highlight Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. The Region is very diverse with the breath-taking Namib Desert – the oldest desert in the world – to the west and the Great escarpment forming a natural barrier between the Namib Desert and the central highlands to the far east.

 

Swakopmund – Swakopmund is a coastal city in Namibia, west of the capital, Windhoek. Its sandy beaches face the Atlantic Ocean. Established by German colonists in 1892, the city’s colonial landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse and the Mole, an old sea wall. Next to the lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum documents Namibian history. Inland, the elegant Swakopmund Railway Station, now a hotel, also dates to the colonial era.
Damaraland – The breath-taking mountainous region of Damaraland is home to an assortment of desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra and lion, which eke out an existence in this near-barren landscape. The breath-taking mountainous region of Damaraland is home to an assortment of desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra and lion, which eke out an existence in this near-barren landscape.
Himba People – Down in the Kunene and Omusati regions of Northern Namibia, are the semi-nomadic people of Ovahimba and Ovazimba tribes. It is customary, for them, for the women to engage in daily activities of milking cows, taking care of the children while the men go hunting, sometimes leaving for long periods of time. With a population of over 50,000, the Himba are a polygamous people where Himba girls are married off to male partners selected by their fathers once they attain puberty.
Etosha National Park – Since Etosha National Park is the gateway to Northern Namibia and Ovamboland, it’s a very popular stop on any Namibian tour. Above all, it is known as Namibia’s foremost wildlife sanctuary.
AFRICAT Foundation – Okonjima – is home to the AfriCat Foundation, an organisation whose mission is to try and ensure a future for the large carnivores of Namibia. Witness some of our projects such as the Cheetah Rehabilitation Project at work, during your stay at Okonjima.

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