We get why Namibia is sometimes called ‘Africa for beginners’. For starters, it boasts the world’s largest free-roaming population of black rhino and cheetah. Throw in the fact that Namibia was the first country in the world to incorporate the protection of the environment into its constitution and that some 14% of the land is protected, combined with its low population density (only about two million people live there), and you just know that your chances of seeing an abundance of wildlife
It’s a photographer’s dream destination: the vast, ancient landscapes filled with spectacular red dunes as high as mountains, flat-top mountains, granite outcrops and plains of basalt boulders.Visitors flock from around the world to take in the awesome grandeur of the iconic dunes at Sossusvlei.Sossusvlei (‘sossus’ meaning ‘place of no return’) is a clay pan located in the huge Namib-Naukluft National Park, and its star-shaped dunes are among the highest in the world. Climb Dune 45 before sunrise to experience the magic of themorning light enflaming the iron-oxide-rich dunes. On the rare occasion – about once every 10 years – when the pan gets flooded, it forms a natural oasis teeming with flamingos, dragonflies, frogs and other wildlife. But even when there’s no water around, the Namib desert-
With so much sand around there’s loads of fun to be had. Swakopmund on the coast, with itsunique blend of German colonial architecture and African culture,is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise. Fancy sand boarding down a dune or two? Or take to the skies with some skydiving and paragliding – or the more chilled hot-air ballooning. Also, racing across the desert, and up and down dunes on a quad bike will plant a grin on your face that will stay there long after you’re back home again.
Wildlife pretty much comes to you at Etosha National Park in the dry season (May to October). There’s no need to search for the animals: simply settle down at one of the many watering holes and watch the parade of animals coming to drink. Or head further north to the lush panhandle that is the Zambezi Region – previously known as the Caprivi Strip – where boat trips,
Must See: The best spot for watching elephant is at the permanent watering hole close to the Okaukuejo rest camp at Etosha.