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On the west coast of Southern Africa, Namibia's rugged coastline and diverse wildlife mingle with contrasting barren landscapes of rock, sand and stone. This is a country rich in natural resources and amazing scenery with German and South African influences still evident.

The Namib Desert is said to be the oldest in the world, with its high dunes and awe-inspiring sense of space, one cannot help being captivated.

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Namibia - endless horizons

 

Fish River Canyon

One of the natural wonders of Africa is the Fish River Canyon. The 161 km long, 27 km wide ravine with a maximum depth of 550 m is surrounded by high, forbidding cliffs. The awesome grandeur of the canyon is surpassed only by the Grand Canyon in the USA. A road running for 25 km along the eastern edge of the canyon leads to a series of viewing sites with splendid views of this immensely powerful natural phenomenon. The Ai-Ais hot springs resort offers accommodation and caravan camp sites and is because of the immense summer heat and the danger of flooding closed from the end of October to the second Friday in March. The Hobas camp is opened all year around and is situated on the road to the canyon and its spectacular viewpoints.

Fish River Canyon

Lüderitz

The harbour town of Lüderitz, set between the Namib desert dunes and the wild Atlantic seaboard, was founded by the Bremen tobacco merchant, Adolf Lüderitz in 1884. It was the first German settlement in then Südwestafrika. The town has a fine collection of graceful buildings dating from the German era. Set against the background of black rock and the sparkling blue waters of the bay, this architectural heritage gives Lüderitz its special charm. Exploring the coast around the bay is rewarding, with its unspoilt beaches, caves, lagoons and reefs. There are boat trips around the bay and to a nearby seal colony, bird life is abundant. The old ghost town of Kolmanskop a few kilometres south-east of Lüderitz dates back from the days of the diamond rush, and can be visited on weekdays.

Koolmanskoop Luederitz

Keetmanshoop

The town of Keetmanshoop is major road, rail and air link and has a number of interesting old buildings dated back from German colonial times. Interesting tourist destinations in this region are: The Kokerboom (Quiver Tree) Forest, which is situated on the private farm Gariganus, 14 km north of Keetmanshoop, but open to the public. The unusual geological formation Brukkaros, an extinct volcano which has a crater of almost 2 000 m in diameter, on the main route from Windhoek to Keetmanshoop. Pride of the south is Duwisib Castle on the edge of the Namib, some 70 km to the south west of Maltahöhe. Built in 1908 by the eccentric Baron von Wolff and his American heiress wife.

Keetmanshoop

Travelinfo - South Namibia & Luederitz

Namib and Namib Naukluft Park

The Namib-Naukluft Park, covering over 49 768 km2 is not only the largest nature conservation area in Namibia, but is rated as the fourth largest in the world, as well as being the most unusual. Landscapes range from an impressive mountain massif to desert plains and high dunes, from deep gorges to an estuarine lagoon. For the connoisseur of scenery, atmosphere and the unusual, there is nothing quite like the Namib. It has an essence of timelessness, and depending on the time of the day there is a shift of moods, aplay of light and shadow, giving desert landscapes entirely new tints and textures. The Sossusvlei is a dune wonderland, with towering dunes up to 300 m high surrounding a huge, dried-up pan. Dunes extend as far as the eye can see and their rich tints vary from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. 

Sossusvlei

Swakopmund, Walvis Bay & National West Coast Tourist Recreation Area

Walvis Bay is Namibia’s major port, the centre of the country’s fishing industry and a rapidly developing tourist destination. The Walvis Bay wetlands are internationally renowned for large concentrations of waders, flamingos and shore birds. The coastal dunes offer a variety of adventure activities such as sandboarding and quadbiking. Swakopmund is Namibia's prime seaside resort is characterised by well preserved German colonial building and is a place of singular charm. It resembles a small Bavarian village nestling between the desert and the sea and is the home of one of the finest breweries in Namibia. Typical German cakes and confectionery can be enjoyed in the town’s cafés and German is still widely spoken. The Swakopmund Museum captures the colourful past and also highlights the desert flora and fauna, as well as the marine life, of the area. There is sheltered bathing at Palm Beach and excellent rock and surf fishing along the stretch of beach which extends northwards. This area, a 200 km by 25 km strip along the beach from Swakopmund to the Ugab River is known as the National West Coast Tourist Recreation Area. Henties Bay, a resort village named after Major Hentie van der Merwe who started recreational fishing there in 1929, still attracts keen fishermen from far and wide. The Cape Cross Seal Reserve is situated north of Henties Bay. Here a prodigious number of Cape Fur Seals flourish in the cold waters of the Benguela Current. This area is of historical significance as the Portuguese navigator Diogo Cao set foot on the coast of southwestern Africa in 1468.

Swakopmund

Travelinfo - Namib and Swakopmund

Brandberg & Damaraland 

The Brandberg, a majestic mountain range, looms mysteriously from the surrounding flat Semi-desert, and dominates the landscape of this region. Its highest principal peak, the Konigstein ( 2 573 m ) is the highest peak in the country. Over 40 000 prehistoric rock paintings have been found in the caves and ravines of this mountain massif, but none more famous than the "White Lady" of the Brandberg. The Damaraland with the rugged beauty of its landscape is a region of rolling plains and distant mountain ranges. Unusual geological features, a wealth of rock paintings and engravings, and populations of desert-adapted elephant and black rhino combine to form the unique attraction of Damaraland. Of interest to tourist in this region is the Petrified Forest which is situated beyond Khorixas. Here some antediluvian flood deposited giant tree trunks, some up to 30m long. The age of this fossil trunks is estimated to be 200 million years. A short drive south-west of the Petrified Forest is Twyfelfontein which is unequalled for its abundance of rock engravings set in a U-shape valley of unusual reddish sandstone formations and terraces. South-west of Twyfelfontein is the Doros Crater, a site of interesting fossil remains. South of Tweyfelfontain is the desolate landscape of the Burnt Mountain, its shale and basalt vividly coloured as if burnt in an inferno. Another geological curiosity nearby are the perpendicular slabs of basalt known as the Organ Pipes. Between Khorixas and Outjo, is the geological oddity known as the Vingerklip. This relic of prehistoric erosion stands impressive 35 m high into the blue sky.

Damaraland

Kaokoveld & Skeleton Coast

The arid but scenic Kaokoveld lies in the northwest of Namibia and consists of sandy plains, rugged mountains and rock-strewn hillsides, bounded in the north by the Kunene River. It is the home of the nomadic Himba and herds of desert elephants migrate along river valleys that are also inhabited by giraffe, while herds of gemsbok and springbok roam the plains. Bounded by the cold Atlantic Ocean in the west, the Skeleton Coast has aptly been described as the world’s largest shipping graveyard. It is an isolated stretch of coast dominated by sand dunes, gravel plains, salt pans and hills. It’s main attractions are its solitude and excellent angling opportunities. Both areas are only accessible for off-road vehicles.

Himba

Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is one of the major sanctuaries for wildlife in Africa and was proclaimed a game reserve by German Governor von Lindequist in 1907. The heart of the park is the Etosha Pan, meaning “place of dry water”, an extensive, flat depression of about 5 000 km². This great, white expanse is a place of shimmering mirages, and seeing large herds of game in this setting makes Etosha an unique experience in Africa. There are 144 mammal species in the park, which covers 22 270 km². This includes elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest and black rhino. Among the predators are lion, cheetah, leopard and several species of wild cat. Hyena and jackal are the scavengers. There are various species of antelope ranging from the majestic eland to the smallest antelope, the shy little Damara dik-dik. A highlight of the park is the flood-lit waterhole at Okaukuejo where elephant and other game come at night to drink. Namutoni has a Beau Geste charm and the historic fortress was once the northernmost German outpost and is now a national monument.

Etosha National Park

Travelinfo - North West & Etosha

Tsumeb & Grootfontein

The area between Tsumeb and Grootfontein can be visited en route to Etosha. The Hoba Meteorite which was discovered in the 1920's can be viewed some 19 kilometres from Grootfontein. As the largest known meteorite in the world, it has an approximate mass of 54 000 kg and it is estimated that it fell to earth some 80 000 years ago. The mining town of Tsumeb, where 184 different minerals have been extracted, ten of these occurring nowhere else in the world, charms with many trees along its roads and an interesting Town & Mining Museum. 24 km northwest of Tsumeb is Lake Otjikoto which is 76 m deep and one of the few freshwater lakes in Namibia. It contains several species of fish including two rare, mouth-breeding species.

Grootfontein

Caprivi

Wedged between Angola and Botswana, the 32km wide Caprivi Game Park extends for about 180 km from the Okavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the East. There is a number of large and small game but no facilities for the traveller. The major town in the Caprivi is Katima Mulilo which is described as the Gateway to the world renown Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe as well to the Chobe Game Reserve in Botswana. The Eastern Caprivi offers a variety of accommodation and is the home of a number of small but incredible game reserves which all need four-wheel drive vehicles to be explored. Impalila Island, in the far northeast, is aptly described as “The One Island in Africa Where Four Countries Meet”.

Caprivi

Travelinfo - North East & Caprivi

Windhoek

Situated in Namibia’s central highlands, Windhoek, the capital, is an attractive city surrounded by clusters of hills and the impressive Auas and Eros Mountains. Windhoek is an ideal centre from which to explore the surrounding country side and its height above sea level is1 650 m. The city is considerably enhanced by stately historic buildings in the German architectural style of the turn of the 19th century. Imposing modern buildings echo the historical forms, shapes and colours of this architectural heritage. Old buildings which lend a singular charm to the city include the historic seat of government which is known as the Tintenpalast, meaning Place of Ink, and the Christuskirche with its graceful spire. The white-walled Alte Feste, which was once a fort and now a museum, reflects the history of the century. Like in other spheres of life in Namibia, the German influence is also apparent in local foods, offering a wide selection of German delicacies. The local beer is brewed according to the traditional German “Reinheitsgebot” (purity laws), using only natural ingredients.

Windhoek

Travelinfo - Windhoek

Kalahari

The South East of Namibia is dominated by red sand dunes, some of them 30 Meter high and hunderts of Kilometeres long, which make up the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world. It is crisscrossed with trees, rivers and fossil watercourses. Once a year, fairly regular rainfall allow a habitat for and the presence of numerous wild animals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, plants and insects. In the southern part of camel thorn, red ebony and other Acacia species are the main vegetation. Farther north, where the climate is more humid, savannah prevails.

But the real charm of the Kalahari is the uncanny silence and solitude of the sparsely grassed plains and open spaces. The population numbers are small and the few people live widely scattered. Sheep farming, limited agriculture with ostriches and other agricultural enterprises dominate the fluctuating labor market. Today, many of these companies are working together with the tourism industry. This brings additional Einkommmen and job security for employees and vacancies for the unemployed in this region. Farm tours, game drives, walks, guided walks with Bushmen and cultural facilities on farms have made the Kalahari region a popular destination, especially for self-drive tourists.

Kalahari

Travelinfo - Kalahari

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