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National parks

Namib-Naukluft National Park is a beautiful piece of nature. Especially the Sossusvlei, a deep valley in the sand dunes. After heavy rainfall the valley can be filled with water, but most of the time it’s dry. You will find the highest dunes of the world here, up to 400 metres! Dune 45 is about 120 metres high and offers you a breath taking view over the valley. At dawn they colour from soft apricot to bright orange and deep red. Etosha National Park is absolutely the best place to ‘shoot’ some wildlife. The heart of this park is a salt pan, surrounded by small bushes.

Nature

Namibia has a very diverse landscape. You could divide the country in three stretches, from north to south. Along the coastline you can find the Namib desert. It’s supposed to be the oldest desert in the world. This Namib desert turns into a long stretched mountain range with several high peaks. Further east this mountain range becomes the Kalahari desert. In the utmost northeast corner of Namibia you can find Caprivi. This piece of land is about 100 kilometres broad and stretches for about 450 kilometres to the right. Water from several rivers feeds Caprivi, making it the greenest part of the country. It is also the place where lots of animals come together and therefore ideal to do some wildlife spotting.

Wildlife

Namibia is well-known for its wildlife. Not only large animals like elephants or zebras are seen, also some interesting small animals. Like the Palmato Gecko. This animal doesn’t have eyelids. Mist condensates on his eyes and by licking it off he has drunk enough to survive through the day. The Golden Wheel Spider has a unique way to run from his enemies. This gold coloured spider retracts its legs a little bit, turns on his side and cart wheels away. Other ‘funny’ animals are the Namaque chameleon, the flat nose lizard, the tok tokkie beetle and the Perinquey’s desert snake. Due to the low bushes at Etosha National Park your chances of seeing giraffes, elephants, zebras, rhinos or lions improve. You will certainly see impalas, chamois bucks, wildebeests and springboks.

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Namibia has one of the most spectacular landscapes of Africa. Areas rich of water attract a lot of wildlife, which gives you an excellent change to ‘shoot’ some animals. Sand dunes in the desert are the perfect hang out for active leisure. The 1400 kilometre long coastline is a National Park. Namibia is a country where you can enjoy different cultures, several activities and the excitement of a safari.

Sunset Namibia Image gallery
Time zone
In summer -1, In winter +1
Visa
Not required
Vaccinations
Required
High season
May – October
Currency
Namibian dollar (NAD)

Where to stay?

Where to stay?

Namibia is well-known for:

  • Extraordinary activities
  • Very friendly and various inhabitants
  • Spectacular and divers nature

Keep in mind:

  • Very high temperatures during summer
  • The coastline is not very suitable for sunbathing
  • Actually the Atlantic Ocean is too cold to swim in

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Etosha National Park Namibia
National parks

Namib-Naukluft National Park is a beautiful piece of nature. Especially the Sossusvlei, a deep valley in the sand dunes. After heavy rainfall the valley can be filled with water, but most of the time it’s dry. You will find the highest dunes of the world here, up to 400 metres! Dune 45 is about 120 metres high and offers you a breath taking view over the valley. At dawn they colour from soft apricot to bright orange and deep red. Etosha National Park is absolutely the best place to ‘shoot’ some wildlife. The heart of this park is a salt pan, surrounded by small bushes.

Caprivi
Nature

Namibia has a very diverse landscape. You could divide the country in three stretches, from north to south. Along the coastline you can find the Namib desert. It’s supposed to be the oldest desert in the world. This Namib desert turns into a long stretched mountain range with several high peaks. Further east this mountain range becomes the Kalahari desert. In the utmost northeast corner of Namibia you can find Caprivi. This piece of land is about 100 kilometres broad and stretches for about 450 kilometres to the right. Water from several rivers feeds Caprivi, making it the greenest part of the country. It is also the place where lots of animals come together and therefore ideal to do some wildlife spotting.

Wildlife in Namibia
Wildlife

Namibia is well-known for its wildlife. Not only large animals like elephants or zebras are seen, also some interesting small animals. Like the Palmato Gecko. This animal doesn’t have eyelids. Mist condensates on his eyes and by licking it off he has drunk enough to survive through the day. The Golden Wheel Spider has a unique way to run from his enemies. This gold coloured spider retracts its legs a little bit, turns on his side and cart wheels away. Other ‘funny’ animals are the Namaque chameleon, the flat nose lizard, the tok tokkie beetle and the Perinquey’s desert snake. Due to the low bushes at Etosha National Park your chances of seeing giraffes, elephants, zebras, rhinos or lions improve. You will certainly see impalas, chamois bucks, wildebeests and springboks.

Himba women in Namibia
Local culture

In Namibia there are eleven different tribes, which you can divide in three groups. You have the native tribes, people who are originally from Namibia or Africa. Then there are the ‘coloured ones’, offspring of native women married to colonists. And finally the ‘whites’, western immigrants. The San are the real original inhabitants of Namibia. Their rock drawings are known to be the first display of human art. Herero-women started to wear Victorian dresses, like the German immigrants did, with a big hat. Himba mostly live in Kaokoveld. These women rub themselves every day with a mixture of fat, ochre and herbs, to protect them against the sun.

Petrified Forest Namibia
Sights

Two cities who stand out in Namibia are Windhoek and Swakopmund. Windhoek is the small capital. In the city centre you will see historical German colonial buildings and modern buildings in fresh pastel colours. Swakopmund looks like a typical German seaside place. Signs with “Kaffee & Kuchen” or “Zimmer frei” support this feeling. At the Brandberg mountain you can see about 8000 rock cravings from the San tribe. The ‘White Lady’ being the most famous. The ‘Petrified Forest’ near Twyfelfontein is a forest with 50 tree fossils. And just like this there are many more things to see.

In a hot air balloon over Namibia
Adventure

You can look down on the beautiful nature of Namibia in different ways. The most quiet one is a trip in a hot air balloon. Slowly the land beneath you moves away. Go for a parachute jump and Namibia will come at you with tremendous speed! Until you open your parachute. Slowly, like a leaf falling from a tree you whirl down.

Namibian foods
Dining

All different tribes and colonist left their prints in the Namibian kitchen. Lovely dishes you can also eat in other parts of Africa are being served here, like stew, ‘boerewors’ (an African sausage) or ‘braai meat’ (from the barbeque). Putting wild game in their stew is typical Namibian. ‘Biltong’ is marinated, dried meat. Mostly cow but it can also be wild game or poultry. The Oshiwambo tribe serves fried caterpillars as a delicacy.

Fish River Canyon
Mountains

Brandberg mountain is the highest mountain in Namibia, with a 2574 metre high peak. At this mountain you can see up to 8000 rock drawings from the San tribe. Kaokoveld is a splendid natural area containing rough rocks, mountain ranges and rivers all in a desert landscape. The Namib desert turns into a long stretched mountain range with several high peaks. Skeleton Coast is the barren coast of Namibia. It’s a difficult accessible area, but surely worthwhile. Tremendous views, dunes and canyons with a totally unique ecosystem, due to mist. The Spitzkoppe mountain might not be the highest peak of Namibia, but it surely is the most well-known. It’s remarkable shape and the ‘poison tree’ growing on it attract lots of visitors.

Sand boarding in the Namib desert
Active

In the Namib desert you can ‘sand board’. Sliding down sand dunes on a snowboard. When sand boarding proves to be too difficult for you, you can always take one of the greasy pieces of hard board and slide down. Not only at sliding down will the adrenaline kick in, also on your way back to the top of the dune. Which is also a totally different and exhausting activity. Experienced guides teach you special techniques so you really reach the top. All the shifting sand doesn’t make it easy. Or did you ever think of riding a bike into the desert? Special bikes with unbelievable broad tires allow you to do so.

Spitzkoppe mountain in Namibia
Mountaineering

Although the Spitzkoppe mountain is a tremendous climbing area, during summer months you can hardly stand to be there because of the extreme high temperatures. There are about 200 climbing trails of different levels. You can only go climbing there if you are a really experienced climber because there are no guides and you can’t hire equipment. You also have to bring your own complete gear.

Hiking in the desert Namibia
Hiking

Fish River Canyon is the best place for hiking in Namibia. The Fish River Canyon is 550 metres deep and placed in the south of the country. With a length of 160 kilometres it’s the second longest of the world, right after the Grand Canyon in the United States. There is a 85 kilometre long trail across the canyon, which will take you an average of 7 to 8 days to walk. You’ll be walking through 1,5 milliard years of geological history. Do make a reservation before planning on taking this route, because only 30 people are allowed to enter the canyon each day. The best period of time to visit the Fish River Canyon is between May and September as the temperatures are lower then. Another possibility is to go hiking in the desert. The guide will take you to places where you can see remarkable small animals.

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