Ten reasons to visit Namibia
Namibia enchants with its stunning natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage and wondrous wildlife. We’ve got 10 reasons why this phenomenal country needs to be next on your travel bucket list.
Namibia is home to an outstanding array of wildlife including the elusive Big Five and many other endangered species. It is known as cheetah country due to having the densest population of the striking big cat as well as being home to the last free roaming population of the black rhinoceros.
Low light population and outrageously gorgeous vast planes make Namibia one of the best places in the word for observing the delights of the night sky. NamibRand Nature Reserve is Africa’s first Dark-Sky Reserve and the perfect place for stargazing due to its minimal artificial light.
Discover the Himba Tribe
Considered to be the last semi-nomadic people of Namibia, the Himba are a visually striking tribe, easily distinguishable due to the red glow of their skin, elaborate hairstyles and heavy jewellery. Discover this iconic tribe and fascinating way of life who reside in scattered settlements in the Kunene region of northern Namibia.
From deserts to salt pans, Namibia’s natural landscapes are majestic and present endless opportunities of discovery. Explore the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, observe game at the Etosha National Park or admire the rugged scenery of the Skeleton Coast and Kaokoveld Desert.
Feel like you’re the only person on the planet
At just three people per square kilometre, when travelling across the vast landscapes of the country, it can feel like you are the only person on the planet, allowing you to truly disconnect with reality and reconnect with the nature that surrounds you.
Namibia was a former German colony and nowhere is this colonial heritage more evident than the colourful coastal town of Lüderitz. Amble the quaint streets and admire the beautiful German Art Nouveau architecture before heading to the coastline of the Lüderitz Peninsular where you can watch flamingo and penguin colonies.
Ancient Rock Art
Visit Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein, which boasts one of the largest concentrations of ancient rock engravings. These incredible rock carvings that mainly depict rhinoceros are undoubtedly the work of the San People who inhabited the area over 6000 years ago.
Visit a Ghost Town
Once a prosperous mining town that was in its prime during the diamond boom, and home to hundreds of German families, Kolmanskop is now an eerie ghost town. Visitors flock here with camera’s at the ready to explore the abandoned German mansions which have since had desert sands flood into them.
Not necessarily the first food that springs to mind when you envisage Namibian cuisine, however the oysters in Namibia are quite simply divine. Best eaten raw with a squeeze of lemon, this culinary delight is usually served in beachside restaurants or for a more authentic experience try them out at sea.
Sensational Sand Dunes
Head to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert and take in the mesmerising panorama and vivid red colour of this extraordinary salt and clay pan. Uncover the different dunes such as Dune 45, comprised of five million year old sand, and Big Daddy, the highest dune in the Sossusvlei area.
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