Namibia’s 5 highlights
Rough, desolate, full of deserts, pale orange sand dunes and authentic people: that’s Namibia. The stunning nature is not the only reason to travel to this country in southern Africa – animal lovers will also be happy. There is a chance that you will spot elephants, lions and rhinos in the wildlife parks of Namibia, next to large herds of giraffes, zebras and springboks. Do you want to make a trip through Namibia? Then you shouldn’t miss these five highlights.
Fish River Canyon: one of the largest gorges in the world
The Fish River Canyon, located in the south of Namibia, is also called the Grand Canyon of Africa. It is the world’s second-largest gorge and the numbers are impressive: the gap is 160 kilometres long, up to 27 kilometres wide and in some places 550 meters deep. You can walk across different viewpoints or go for a horse ride so you can admire the stunning landscape from all angles.
Sossusvlei: sunset from the high sand dunes
It is perhaps the most famous area of Namibia: the Sossusvlei. This bizarre landscape with dry plains, withered trees and pale orange dunes of hundreds of metres in height is typical for Namibia. The Sossusvlei is part of the Namib Desert, which is more than eighty million years old and extends over an area of 1600 kilometres. Some dunes in the desert are sometimes three hundred metres high. The most famous is Dune 45, a 170-metre high dune that you can climb. From the top you can enjoy a beautiful sunset, bathing the surrounding dunes in fire.
The Skeleton Coast: 800,000 seals colony
In the German-Namibian coastal town of Swakopmund you won’t be bored. You can go sand boarding, or do microlight flights and helicopter tours and parachuting. In addition, you can visit the beautiful Skeleton Coast, named after the many shipwrecks that have been washed here. An unforgettable stop is the Cape Cross, with a colony of between 100,000 and 200,000 Cape Fur Seals. This is the largest colony in the world and you won’t get enough of watching the seals playing in the waves and lounging on the hot beach.
Damaraland: spotting rhino’s and meeting the Himba
Endless savannahs with acacia trees, dry river beds, rugged table mountains and ancient rock carvings feature the wild landscape of Damaraland. In this area you can do a special rhino tracking. Together with an experienced guide you will search for rhino tracks by jeep. As soon as the guide finds a track, you will continue by foot. Excitement guaranteed! In Damaraland you can also visit the Himba villages, an authentic tribe that still lives in a traditional way.
Etosha National Park: Hotspot for wildlife
It is one of Africa’s best wildlife parks: Etosha National Park. In the dry season you will find large herds of wild animals that come together at the different water pools in the park. These water pools make it easy to find the animals. Etosha is huge and you can spend a couple of days just wandering around. Each part of the park has its own character and you will encounter different animals everywhere you go. Etosha does not have the Big Five (there are no buffalos), but the big four can be seen with some luck. There are also countless zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, kudu’s, different species of goats and antelopes. Bird enthusiasts are also welcome here, with 340 bird species in Etosha, there is a lot of beauty to spot.