Begin your holiday in Namibia immersing yourself in European architecture found in the country’s capital, Windhoek. The buildings here reflect a once German colonial rule. Revel in delight as you tour a sparsely populated land full of natural wonder. Then, be awe-struck as you hike Fish River Canyon, a sprawling land of hot springs, bedrocks, and African wildlife. Watch in awe as feral horses with no name gallop across sand. End a trip of a lifetime in Sossusvlei, dizzy from the sight of a blood red sand dune known as “Big Daddy.”
Fish River Canyon
Begin in the capital Windhoek. Once under German colonial rule, this multicultural city provides plenty of history as you tour the centre to see monuments, a fortress, and parliament referred to as “Ink Palace.” A stop off at Joe’s Beerhouse for an indulgent lunch of spiced sauerkraut with meat and potatoes will fuel you up for an afternoon that includes a visit to Christ Church, neo-gothic styling once imported to Africa from Europe.
2. Fish River Canyon
Next, you’ll head to the world’s second-largest canyon for a day spent hiking through Fish River Canyon. At 550 metres deep, you’ll venture down a gigantic ravine towards the flowing Fish River. Be on the lookout for baboons, springboks, and a mountain zebra as you trek. A hike to the top of a canyon formed from bedrock delivers with pleasing views at Hell’s Bend. Watch in wonder as a canyon weaves through the land.
Head north towards a settlement in the Karas Region known as Aus. A desert town that rests on the outskirts of the Namib Desert is more than a base for exploring riverbeds, granite mountains, and the plains of Garub. A highlight here is the sight of wild horses galloping across desert sand. Stop off in town after a day spent in the desert and enjoy Potjiekos, a spicy African dish cooked in a pot over an open fire, is best enjoyed with a beer at sunset.
4. Naukluft Mountains
End your time journeying north through Namibia to the Naukluft Mountains, a place of serenity that has fresh spring waters to dip in to and river valleys to explore. A hiker’s dream, as you move across short grass plains by truck, take in the stunning sight of Quiver trees as they dot a flat land that lead to an abundance of limestone. Be on the lookout for the elusive cheetah, or zebras as they move in groups aptly named, a dazzle.
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