From it’s plethora of wildlife to it’s barren but beautiful wilderness, Namibia is the gem of southern Africa.
Clinging desperately to the infamous Skeleton coastline are the surreal towns of Lüderitz and Swakopmund. On the one hand, they’re like tiny European transplants, with seaside promenades, sidewalk cafés and old German buildings. On the other hand, these historic settlements are wedged between relentless Atlantic rollers and the blazing Namib Desert – one of the wildest parts of the African continent.
Use these towns as your base to launch yourself into this surrounding wilderness, whether it’s to walk through fossil-strewn salt pans, sandboard down rust-red sand dunes, or skydive over the world’s oldest desert.
The capital, Windhoek, sits 1,600 metres above sea level at the heart of the country. It might be small when compared with other African capitals, but it’s still Namibia’s biggest hub, and a gateway to the wilds of Daan Viljoen Game Reserve. Arrange a safari to this park for the chance to spot mountain zebras, springboks, warthogs and over 200 species of bird life, including the rare green-backed heron.
Beyond here, there’s the remote Caprivi Strip – a panhandle-shaped wetland in the northeast you’ll struggle to spot on a map, and densely populated with wildlife. And in the deep south lies the staggering Fish River Canyon – the largest canyon in Africa.
There is ample accommodation in Namibia, especially in Windhoek, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Luxury lodges are also available to rent for safari trips, as well as remote tented camps with excellent facilities.
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