THE WORLD’S OLDEST DESERT
A country of wide-open spaces, endless desert-scapes, rolling red dunes and a brutal coastline. Namibia is defined by its dramatic scenery and big open skies. As a sparsely-populated country with fewer than 3 million people, it is home to some of Southern Africa’s most unique experiences and stunning lodges.
Getting around may be a logistical challenge but it is always worth it. This is especially true when you can float over the ancient dunes of the Namib in a hot air balloon or drive in the Hoanib River following desert-adapted elephants. The Skeleton Coast is dotted with ancient shipwrecks and large colonies of fur seals, whilst inland, the Himba people still practice a traditional way of life as semi-nomadic herdsmen.
Namibia is a destination for any avid wildlife enthusiast or first-time traveller to Africa. Combine it with visits to Botswana and South Africa and you’ll have the perfect blend of safari magic.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Damaraland occupies an area between the Skeleton Coast in the west and Etosha National Park in the East. Likely one of the most fascinating attractions in the area, the Petrified forest near the town of Khorixas offers visitors a chance to get close to large tree trunks that have ‘turned to stone over time’. This area boasts several other unique highlights that can’t be missed and is perfectly located to act as a stopover.
Highlights in the region include: tracking wild rhino; hiking up the Brandberg Mountain to view the famous “White Lady” Bushman painting; visiting the rocky outcrop of Twyfelfontein with its plethora of Bushman engravings; early morning and sunset game drives; and expeditions to view the geological wonders of Spitzkoppe and Vingerklip.