Vast landscapes surround the few cities of Namibia. The many National Parks and conservancies in which we operate boast a huge variety of wildlife in a kaleidoscope of differing environments: the red dunes at Sossusvlei, lonely beaches along the Skeleton Coast, and the uninhabited wilderness of Kunene in the remote north.
Destinations within Namibia
Namibia’s capital, Windhoek is a bustling metropolis that is unexpectedly neat and orderly, though this is perhaps less surprising when one considers it was a German territory for many years. This is the main port of call for most tourists, and all travellers pass through the city at least once. Situated in a pretty valley, Windhoek boasts buildings very much in the German architectural style. The German presence can be strongly felt in the food, restaurants – and, of course, the beer. The Namibian beer is said to be the best in Africa and is brewed in Windhoek.
Okonjima Nature Reserve
Situated halfway between Namibia’s quaint capital city, Windhoek, and the Etosha National Park, the private Okonjima Nature Reserve, nestled over 200 square kilometres amongst the imposing Omboroko Mountains, boasts some of the most exceptional accommodation in Namibia, but the unequivocal highlights are the cheetah and leopard safaris.
There are unlimited opportunities to see these beautiful carnivores in their natural environment within the huge Okonjima Nature Reserve, as well as to witness the critical conservation work undertaken by the AfriCat Foundation, which researches and rehabilitates cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyaenas.
Etosha National Park is famed for it a huge saltpan covering some 120 km (75 miles) across and 55 km (31 miles) from north to south. Its edges give way to a surprising variety of vegetation types and – critically – a series of springs and waterholes that at attract a vast amount of wildlife.
- Etosha National Park is a massive 2 270 000 hectares (5 500 000 acres) in size
- The saltpan at Etosha is a vast white surface that is visible from space
- Etosha’s waterholes attract a high density of big game all year round
The rugged, rocky landscape of Damaraland in north-west Namibia is characterised by valleys and dry riverbeds that carve their way through deep gorges and ancient geological features. These rivers are ribbon-like oases that push through the most desolate of terrains and attract wildlife.
- The area boasts the geologically fascinating Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site
- Home to around 1200 Nama, Damara, Riemvasmaaker and Herero people
- Wildlife is captivating including the famous desert-adapted elephant and black rhino
The extremely remote north-west of Namibia, formerly known as the Kaokoveld, is a study of life in extremes. The desolate coastline gives way to endless ancient valleys, rugged terrain and unbroken dune fields. The perennial Kunene River to the north is an oasis in this harsh landscape.
- The area is the most remote and unpopulated area of Namibia
- The coast itself is probably the most dramatic feature of this landscape
- With the help of the famous damp Namibian coastal fog, wildlife thrives here
Namibia’s western coast plays host to an array of popular destinations – most notably, Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast. The charming town of Swakopmund retains a strong German flavour – from its cobbled streets and picturesque buildings to typical German restaurants and pubs. Swakopmund is perfect for relaxing after a few days in the desert; wash off the sand and sample renowned Swakopmund fare such as the utterly delicious Swakopmund oysters. This lovely coastal town also has some of the best-preserved colonial buildings on the African continent.
Sossusvlei represents the classic view of the Namib Desert of an ocean of sand, ‘waves’ that are made of bright red sand and dark shadows. Known as the ‘Sand Sea,’ it is sandwiched between the Atlantic’s cold Benguela Current and a rocky mountain escarpment that runs parallel more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) inland.
- The moon-like pans are grandly flanked by some of the world’s tallest dunes
- Sesriem Canyon is a cool, moist place in a barren and stark environment
- Despite low rainfall and lack of vegetation, the desert is filled with life