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Namibia is a country that contains staggering diversity and, although small, offers tours that can not only fulfill an adventure travelers dream but also a photographer.
The stark contrast in Namibian landscape is down to the varied topography and geographical location of Namibia. Wedged in-between the famous Kalahari desert and the rugged coastline of the South Atlantic, Namibia inevitably boasts some epic sites and picturesque views.
The synthesis of colliding landscapes, along with the vast range of wildlife means Namibia is fast-becoming one of Africa’s most popular destinations to travel.
Namibia’s timelessness is conveyed by its picture-perfect sand dunes. Namib-Naukluft Park (as depicted in the picture above) is the best place to view Namibia’s classic sand dunes.
Taking in around 23,000 sq km of arid desert, Namib-Naukluft Park has come to define Namibia’s landscape and is simply unmissable on your Namibia tours.
Continuing with the vast characteristics of Namibia, the Fish River Canyon in Southern Namibia (trickles into South Africa) is only rivaled in sheer scale and grandeur by that of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The numbers are staggering; measuring 160 km in length, up to 27 km in width and reaching a depth of 550m, this canyon can only be visited by undertaking a 5-day trek to reach it.
Surrealism in its natural form next. Sossusvlei is a stunning red-clay pan in the Namib desert that is constantly changing shape and colors due to storms and lighting respectively. At sunrise and sunset, you will be met with photographers from all over the world who have come to catch a glimpse of the exemplary desert coloring and endeavoring to capture that perfect photograph.
Etosha National Park is perhaps Namibia’s greatest attraction and one of the world’s best wildlife safari spots. Centered around the vast Etosha salt pan and focusing on the activity of the rare rainfall, which, when it comes, covers the saline desert and creates a shallow lagoon that subsequently attracts a large group of wild animals.
Etosha National parks contain an astonishing 340 species of bird and 114 species of mammal to feed your voracious camera lens.
The Namibian cuisine can be condensed down into two categories; that of indigenous cookery and that of German colonialist cookery.
It is the indigenous cookery that still prevails today, however, with air dried Biltong a national favorite, along with the popular smoked meat dish – Rauchfleish and the traditional bush stew - Potjiekos.
The Namibian favorite drink has to be the omnipresent Windhoek lager (also featured on our list of favorite beers around the world).
Namibia has 11 main ethnic groups and traditional practices are still commonly used countrywide, particularly farming, outdoor cooking and hunting techniques.
On your Namibia safaris the dry period from May-October is often regarded as the best time of the year for game viewing. Be prepared, however, for freezing nights between June-July.
In general Namibia is a year round destination, however if you are worried about slightly humid weather with the chance of a downpour then try to avoid the wetter months of December-April. The rain in Namibia rarely has a negative impact on its visitors though.
Everything was very well planned. Silvia responded quickly when we asked for changes to our route planning and also made a number of good suggestions for activities along the route. We appreciated staying at the Desert Homestead Lodge rather than at the Desert Camp. Villa Vista in Windhoek is a nice place, but the address/coordinates are not correct.
The binder with all the details for our trip quickly became our "bible" for the trip and was really useful. Accomodation in general was excellent.
Be careful if you want to do the hike "Olive Trail" in the Naukluft mountains. It can be dangerous!
Kayaking with the seals at Walvis Bay is highly recommended.
Overall we would have loved to spend more than 2 weeks in Namibia!