Dramatic deserts and endless wildlife
With the ending of apartheid, approximately 20 percent of Namibia is now protected as park and nature reserves. A sparsely populated country with 2.6 million residents, this vast land enriched by wildlife (Etosha National Park harbors 114 species alone), offers unique experiences. Nomadic tribal wanderers, defiant wildlife and a multitude of languages ignite trailblazer escapades when visiting Africa’s ‘land of endless horizons’.
Flanked by the Atlantic Ocean that collides with Skeleton Coast, Namibia is a land of scorched landscapes and cascading starry nights, which provide a backdrop for unbounded discovery. Safari by 4x4 through the wildlife plentiful, Caprivi Strip. Trek the sprawling Namib Desert to witness the world’s largest, blood-red dune (Big Daddy). Whichever direction you choose, tidal landscape shifts and curious desert creatures—geckos, rolling spiders, skinks—are on show. No matter the route, make sure your dreams come true on this trip through a land of adventure.
Etosha is a sanctuary of striking beauty and transforming land. Visit the salt pans and be touched by desiccated crater-like soil. Visible from space, the pans host a plume cloud of pink flamingo visitors throughout the wet season. Witness the arresting presence of staunch black rhinoceros. Be moved by nature when entering this arresting reserve.
Trucking the port town of Walvis Bay in a 4x4 towards the celestial lagoon of Sandwich Harbor is a memory you won’t easily forgot. Sightseeing boat tours of the bay area bring passengers within touching distance of playful dolphins, seals, and diving cormorants. Look back at the jagged Namib Desert coastline as it clashes with the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
The world’s second largest canyon is a striking wilderness terrain of rock and cliffside vistas. A multi-day hike presents you with the chance to explore this natural wonder from several elevations, with Hell’s Bend offering up the debate of being the perfect spot to sit and marvel. A night spent under a starry Namibian skyline streaked crimson by sunset—a moment to cherish.
Sossusvlei is home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world, with a couple exceeding over 900 feet. Within the hot confines of this desert ecosystem, coppered sunrises, clay pans and defiant plantations present stunning photo opportunities. Pitch-black trees and bleached out pans cast striking shadows. If you want, float in a hot air balloon over this captivating land.
Jutting towards the northeast of Namibia, the Caprivi Strip extends (450 miles) to the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Majors rivers (Linyati, Chobe to name a couple) flow through fertile flatlands that are inhabited by sparsely populated village communities. This largely untouched region of Namibia boasts thrilling views, ferment lands, a cultural art center, and plunging waters known as Popa Falls, a spindly region of Namibia that is an off the beaten track treasure.
With an average 300 days of sunshine and low humidity (arid land), hot and dry climates are commonly found throughout Namibia’s regions. The better times to travel will vary on location, with the interior being particularly hot in Summer (December through April). Fluctuations during a season (or day) can feel typical. The northeast (The Caprivi Strip) has the highest rainfall with 600-800 millimeters falling annually. Here, the humidity will also be higher due to its tropical climate. Between the Kalahari in the east and the Namib Desert in the west, capital Windhoek rests in its center. Given its altitude (5577 on average), you’ll experience moderate temperatures of 68 degrees Fahrenheit on average. Pleasantly warm weather from April through October make it an ideal time for wildlife viewing. There is little to zero rain during the winter months (June through September), and cooler evenings can be found in the month of June (50 degrees Fahrenheit).
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