Namibia

Namibia is a country in southern Africa, bordering the countries of South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Zambia. It’s located at the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek. Namibia is known for his remarkable natural attractions such as the Namib desert, the Etosha National Park and the Kalahari desert. And there is plenty of African wildlife to see. This includes after all antelopes, elephants, giraffes and zebras. Safari tours allow you to take in the beautiful natural wonders that these areas have to offer. Despite the vast distances in Namibia, most people get around by car, and not by plane. Though the roads are in very good conditions. A holiday to Namibia is one that needs to be experienced at least once in a lifetime! Some favorite sites I’ve visited and that I highly recommend:

The Kahalari desert is a large semi-arid sandy savannah. The desert is home to many animals and supports a variety of flora. The native flora includes especially the “acacia trees”. Wildlife I’ve frequently seen in the region of Mariental: antelopes called “Springboks” and “Oryx”, as well some ostriches.

Sossusvlei ist the most popular entry point for people wanting to visit the Namib desert that stretches for nearly a 1000 km along the Atlantic coast. The Namib Desert is known for his highest sand dunes in the world. The dune called “Bid Daddy” is worthwhile to visit! It’s about 350m high and is also known for his red sand. The Dead Vlei is a salt pan surrounded by the Namib dunes, right next to the dune Big Daddy.

Walvis Bay is a town loacted at Namibia’s west coast, close-by the well-known city of Swakopmund. It is the only commercial port of the country. In the shallow waters by the beach you can see some flamingos. Furthermore, by doing a cruise on the bay, you can see some pelicans, seagulls, otaries, and if you are lucky also some dolphins. The Sandwich Harbour is a lagoon lying south of Walvis Bay where the giant sand dunes of the Namib desert run straight into the Atlantic ocean, creating a beautiful scenery and a unique off road driving experience. You may seen there some jackals, lizards and flamingos.

The Damaraland is an area where the original inhabitants of Namibia are thought. In the southern part of Damaraland you can explore the Brandberg, the highest mountain of the country (2573 meters). Twyfelfontein is a site of ancient rock engravings. In the past, ethnic groups have been created in the process of their rituals rock cravings and also a few rock paintings.

Etosha is the most famous national park in Northern Namibia. The park surrounds the Etosha salt pan, which attracs animals, particularly in the drier winter months, because it is a source of water in a very dry land. Antelopes, giraffes, elephants, zebras, ostriches, hyenas and warthog are commonly spotted. If you are lucky, you may see some lions and leopards too.

 

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