A guide to Namibia

| June 4, 2020

A guide to Namibia

Namibia is a vast wilderness of stark, arid landscapes, rugged coastlines and ever-changing colours. It contains the oldest desert on the planet, the world’s highest sand dunes and second largest canyon, carved by the Fish River. There is plenty to see here, including a range of wildlife – though the real draw of Namibia is its wild, rugged landscapes.

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is home to the Sossusvlei, the giant red sand dunes for which Namibia is best known. The area is truly a photographer’s paradise, and is incredible when viewed from above in a hot air balloon.

Meanwhile, the NamibRand Nature Reserve also features impressive dunes, alongside quirky ‘fairy circles’ (similar to crop circles) which bring an added mystery to the landscape. The reserve is one of Africa’s largest private sanctuaries and one of unparalleled beauty and diversity, inhabited by oryx, springboks, ostriches, cheetahs, aardwolfs and more.

Finally, the the Caprivi Strip is often likened to Chobe National Park 15 years ago. Lush vegetation supports an array of wildlife including elephants, buffaloes, lions, hippos and crocodiles, which mostly live in the Caprivi’s five protected areas: Popa Falls Reserve and Mudumu, Mamila, Mahanga and Bwabwata national parks. This area is densely populated and so you will come across many local scenes en route.

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