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Namibia's wildest landscapes and adventures
The adventures of Namibia await you on this exciting tour of southern Africa. Kayak through the coastal waters of Swakopmund, ride a quad bike across the Namib dunes, mountain bike in the Brandberg mountains and take a game walk in one of Africa’s most exciting parks. Every day of this outstanding trip is filled with excitement and adventure.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Fish River Canyon
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Etosha Wildlife Park South
Etosha Wildlife Park East
Waterberg Plateau National Park
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The journey begins at the capital of Namibia, Windhoek. A vibrant, multicultural city, Windhoek manages to merge African and European cultures rather well. The country’s cultural hub, Windhoek offers wonderful opportunities to learn more about the country’s unique history. Visit Katutura, originally a segregated township, now bustling with life and offering insight into African culture. Educate yourself in one of the many museums in the city, such as the Railway or Natural Earth Science Museum. Take yourself to the city outskirts to see Heroes’ Acre, a giant monument dedicated to those who fought for an independent Namibia. You can even encounter wildlife near the capital city with the Okapuka Game Ranch and Naankuse Lodge a short drive from town. Between these two destinations, you’ll see giraffes, white rhinos, several African big cats and more while letting you get back to your accommodation before dinner.
Heading south, you’ll arrive at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Kalahari Desert, a large wildlife conservation park, just over the border in South Africa. Among the numerous wildlife species that can be found here are the blue wildebeest, springbok and eland. Predators are the parks biggest attractions though and can be found often, including cheetahs, leopard, hyena and lions. For your best chance of seeing these amazing animals, be sure to partake in the sunrise and sunset game drives in the park. Due to the sparse vegetation and numerous red dunes, the local animals often gather at the dry riverbeds of the park which helps to increase sightings. A very popular area for self-drive 4x4 routes this park is great for those looking for a little more adventure. On some of these adventure trails, you are accompanied by a park guide as well to highlight places of interest along your route.
Nowhere else in the world is quite like The Fish River Canyon. The world’s second largest canyon and part of the Ais-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Fish River Canyon is an amazing geologic feature of Namibia. For shorter stays, there are excellent viewpoints of the canyon, the most popular is found at Hell’s Bend - which is also where visitors to the canyon must check-in. Other than soaking in the immense canyon views, the most popular activity is a multi-day hike through the canyon that can range from 2 to 5 days but only available between April and September. Several hot springs are found in the canyon as well, perfect to help you recuperate after a hard day’s hike in the canyon.
Aus is a small desert town tucked into the hills just on the outskirts of the Namib desert and a great base to explore this unique region. The congruence of three geographic regions (granite mountains, plains and riverbeds) make the area a great destination for seeing unique flora and fauna as well as outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking. For animal lovers, a unique highlight is the wild desert horses that call the area home. The only desert-dwelling horses in the world, where they came from originally is a bit of a mystery but be sure to visit the Garub waterhole for the best chance of seeing these distinct animals. A swim in the Orange River and a visit old diamond mining town of Klomanskop - now a renowned ghost town.
NamibRand is a private nature reserve created to protect the unique ecology and wildlife of southern Namibia and the Namib Desert. The reserve features unique landscapes such as sand dunes, gravel plains as well as the distinct and wonderous fairy circles. Exciting wildlife includes the springbok, leopards, foxes and much more. Accompanied by trained rangers, you can explore the reserve’s landscapes on foot, by game vehicle or even soar above the land in a hot-air balloon safari. Guided walks are made available to guests at the park to explore the nearby dunes and mountains to the unique animals that call this inhospitable environment home. The reserve is also a top Dark Sky destination and astronomy guides are also available at some lodges to educate guests on the amazing night sky.
The Naukluft Mountains are a beautiful and often overlooked geological formation in Namibia. Very popular for its abundance of hiking and 4x4 trails, the area is an outdoor playground for more adventurous travellers. Hikes here range from just a few hours to up to 8 days. Rivers and freshwater springs and pools abound in this mountainous area due to underground reservoirs that seep out of the dolomite and limestone rocks. The rivers and pools offer an excellent respite during a long hike and of course, being so rich in water attracts not only human travellers but also a large amount of wildlife. Various animals that can be observed here include zebra, antelope, leopard and many species of birds. The nearby Sesriem Canyon is also a highlight for an interesting canyon hike or to start a hot air balloon safari over the Sossusvlei dunes.!
Swakopmund is a coastal town, nestled between the rushing Atlantic Ocean and the ancient Namib Desert. Swakopmund enchants visitors with its colonial history (known as Germany’s southernmost city) and diverse scenery. The town is known as Namibia’s adventure capital and has a wide range of activities for the more adventurous visitors. A popular activity in this coastal town is to head out into the ocean on a kayak tour. Here you can not only see marine life like dolphins and seals but also pelicans and flamingos and much more. Those looking for exciting desert experiences won’t be disappointed either. The nearby Namib desert is great for local quad-bike excursions giving guests a wonderful adrenaline rush. Sandboarding and parasailing will also certainly give you a great rush. Those looking to explore the desert life will surely enjoy a living desert tour to see spiders, geckos, snakes and more that call this inhospitable environment home.
The Brandberg is a mountain range, located in Damaraland and home to Namibia’s highest peaks. Whether referring to the mountain by its German name or local languages, it always roughly translates as fire mountain. This is due to the colour the setting sun creates on its western face. Mountain climbing and hiking are very popular activities here and an excellent way to visit the regions main attraction - ancient rock paintings. Over 50,000 paintings are apparently in the area, some easier to reach than others. Created thousands of years ago by local hunter-gatherer tribes, the best known is called “The White Lady”. Hikes in the area will also reveal a great amount and variety of wildlife and plant species due to the abundant water sources in the mountains. Desert elephant sightings are also possible depending on the time of year and the years rainy season conditions.
Covering nearly 8,000 square miles, Etosha National Park is one of the best areas in Africa for wildlife viewing. Over 100 different species of animals, including the rare Black rhinoceros and 4 of the ‘Big 5’ can be found here. Perhaps even more amazingly, over 400 kinds of birds call Etosha home, sure to delight amateur and professional ornithologists alike. While the park is vast, the climate and geography here work to your advantage to see the wildlife, especially in the dry winter months. This is due to the salt pan geography of Etosha combined with the area’s numerous waterholes, allowing you to settle down close to a waterhole and wait for the animals to come to you. You can take a guided tour or travel around the park in your own vehicle. Due to the large size of the park, staying overnight in one of the onsite accommodation options is recommended.
A unique plateau, this table shaped mountain rises some 200 meters above the plains and often forces clouds to release its rains on the mountain. This results in lush vegetation on the mountain and due to its permeable surface, streams and springs flow throughout the year, creating plunge pools for guests and drinking water for local wildlife. Numerous activities are available here with a guided hike of the plateau being the main draw. The guide will explain the plants and animals that call this wonderfully, unique mountain home. Game drives and hikes are also excellent activities to partake in. Focused on locating the local rhinos, you may also come across giraffe, oryx, hartebeest and more.
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