To some, Namibia may seem like little more than the Namib Desert
and capital city Windhoek, however, there is so much more to this thriving African country than meets the eye. Here, a colourful mix of ethnicities, including a healthy sprinkling of German as a throwback from colonial times, exists in harmony - providing a hospitable and friendly environment for visitors to enjoy.
The country’s history is recorded with cave drawings and ancient stone sculptures, along with geological evidence and petrified relics, as the dry climate ensures that these items remain immaculately preserved for posterity.
Some of the noteworthy historical sites in Namibia are the Petrified Forest, Tywfelfontein, Apollo 11 cave and the Brandberg. There are also haunting visions to enjoy at ghost towns such as Kolmanskop
Namibia does indeed boast the world’s oldest desert, the massive Namib, that dominates the scenery around some exceptional Namibian accommodation. However, it is also home to a vast amount of wildlife, and has achieved many successes in the field of nature conservation. The option for luxury safaris in Namibia are as endless as the desert horizons, and this country is fast climbing up the ranks as an adventure sports destination par excellence and a paradise for photographers.
For a Big Five experience, you can embark on a luxury Namibian safari in and around Etosha National Park
, or on the banks of the Chobe River in Caprivi
, while the lesser-known parks such as Bwabwata, Mamili, Mudumu, Ais Ais and Sossusvlei
promise a more intimate experience with lesser known game species. Game drives and walks, both guided and at your own pace, are the usual ways to enjoy a Namibian safari.
The desert is an active playground for adventure seekers with recreation areas at West Coast National Park
, Skeleton Coast
, Namib Naukluft, and the Sperrgebiet. Here you can go all out with rock climbing, hot air ballooning, quad biking, sand boarding, and horse riding. Hiking is a popular pastime in Namibia too, and the Fish River Canyon is a great place to enjoy this, while the Atlantic Ocean provides opportunities for some of the best fishing around.
Namibian cities are well-established and modern, providing a useful restocking point between adventures, as well as a place to enjoy some bonhomie in a local pub, explore museums and art galleries, or visit the Oktoberfest.
The Namibian locals are a smiling nation of hospitable people and will do their utmost to make you feel at home in their beautiful country, and you will find that accommodation in Namibia
is of a very high standard - this being a matter of pride and strictly regulated.