Why go to Namibia
Namibia is Southern Africa’s most westerly nation and is home to some of the most beautiful desert plains and sand dunes. This country has a truly unique landscape; completely unlike its neighbours Angola, South Africa and Botswana. Namibia is also one of the largest countries in African, covering 824 000 square kilometres. While it covers a seemingly endless amount of space, at every turn you’ll find yourself facing a truly magnificent sight and rugged beauty. Although Namibia’s desserts may look lifeless, they’re in fact buzzing with life and activity. Home to the African wildlife that tourists travel miles to observe, as well as their very own wild horses and snakes, Namibia has several game reserves for their visitors to visit. The most popular and established being the Etosha National Park where guests can either choose to camp or stay in luxurious accommodation. If you’re planning an adventure into this beautiful and inspiring country, make sure you land up in Swakopmund, visit the Fish River Canyon, Damaraland and the Kaokoveld. A trip to the Skeleton Coast will show you the beauty of a desert meeting a coast. The Kalahari however, is one of the most astounding aspects of this nation, as it’s endlessly beautiful terrain and wildlife will take you to a mysterious and enchanting new world.
Where to go in Namibia
Namib Naukluft Park
The Namib Naukluft Park is an ecologically protected area and was proclaimed in August 1979. The Park has an area of 49,800 km² and at the time of proclamation it was the largest protected area in Namibia. The Park was formed from four regions namely Namib, Naukluft, Sesriem/Sossusvlei and Sandwich Harbour whereby some parts of the Restricted Diamond Area have been added. The Namib is the oldest desert in the world and extends far beyond the borders of the National Park and includes the whole of western Namibia. The part of the Namib within the Park is about 500 km long and between 100 to 180 km wide. Here the highest dunes worldwide are found, which reach a height of up to 300 metres. Sossusvlei and Sesriem are the main attractions of the Namib Naukluft Park. The major parts of the Namib Naukluft Park are inaccessible for humans. Of the huge area of which 32,000 km² exist of dune fields only the area north of the Kuiseb River, the Naukluft Mountains and the Sossusvlei can be visited. Since 2010 the Namib Naukluft Park belongs to the Namib Skeleton Coast National Park, which is the biggest protected area of Namibia and the eight biggest worldwide. This Park was formed by the merging of the Skeleton Coast Park, the Namib Naukluft Park, the Restricted Diamond Area and the Dorob National Park as well as the Fish River Canon and the marine reserve Meob-Chamais. This newly developed Namib Skeleton Coast National Park stretches along the entire Atlantic coast of Namibia, from the border of Angola in the north down to the border of South Africa in the south and has a length of 1570 km.
Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon in the South of Namibia is the second largest in the world and the largest in Africa, in places it is 27kms wide and up to 550m deep in total it is over 160km long. Fish River canyon tours should be on everyone’s list of things to see before they die. It is a natural wonder that should not be missed when visiting Southern Africa. Another major attraction of the area found at the Southern end of the Fish River Canyon is Ai-Ais hot springs resort. Four of our adventure tours include the Fish River Canyon as an attraction. Namibia is a country full of amazing attractions and it can often be difficult to choose which ones you should visit, however with our experienced tour guides and our Fish River Canyon travel options you will be guaranteed to see the most memorable sites on offer. Our Fish River Canyon tours vary between the four depending on what else you would like to see and how much time you have to spend exploring the beautiful Southern Africa. The Fish River Canyon is not only naturally beautiful it is historically significant as it provides clues into the ancient geology of the landscape. Our knowledge and experience when it comes to Fish River Canyon tours and adventure travel in Namibia is unparalleled within the industry and will ensure that you time is not only memorable but well informed.
Etosha National Park
Etosha Pan National Park is a large endorheic salt pan which forms part of the Kalahari basin. It is a 120 km long dry lake bed, which is protected by the Etosha National Park home to some of the most phenomenal game viewing in the world. One of the elements that make the Etosha National park tours so memorable is that the camps sites within the park are built on the edge of water holes, so you can spend peaceful evenings with good company as the sun goes down watching the animals come down to the waterhole to drink. On the Nomad Etosha National Park tour we will take you on several game drives that utilise an elevated truck to provide the best possible game viewing. There are optional night drives for you to take part in, and although they are not included in the Etosha National Park tours they are highly recommended. The optional game drives are taken with expert guides who have an abundance of local knowledge. The Etosha Pan is a truly beautiful and unique place with game viewing that you will not see anywhere else in the world, the facilities are world class to make for a comfortable and memorable stay. The natural beauty and abundant wildlife will provide countless photo opportunities to make your friends jealous. Game viewing can never be offered with guarantees, as you are dealing with wild animals you can never be certain of how they will behave. We can guarantee that on our Etosha Pan national park tours you will meet people and have experiences with them that will form the basis of lifelong friendships.
The breathtaking mountainous region of Damaraland is situated on the eastern side of the Skeleton Coast National Park and southwest of Etosha National Park.
An assortment of desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra and lion eke an existence in this near-barren landscape. A not-to-be-missed attraction is the picturesque Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, which is home to thousands of ancient rock paintings – most notably The White Lady. The rocky outcrops of Twyfelfontein feature exceptional Bushmen engravings, which are considered to be some of the best preserved etchings on the continent. Visitors to Damaraland can view one of its more unusual habitats – the Petrified Forest, which dates back millions of years and offers a haunting landscape of gigantic fossilised trees, some up to 30 metres (100 feet) in length. Damaraland is one of the most scenic areas in Namibia, a huge, untamed, ruggedly beautiful region that offers the traveller an adventurous challenge. Here there are prehistoric water courses with open plains and grassland, massive granite koppies and deep gorges. The Brandberg – Namibia’s highest mountain and home to the famous ‘White Lady’ Bushman Painting. This is the prime region for desert adapted megafauna, like elephants and rhino. Twyfelfontein is a rocky site situated in the Kunene Region of north western Namibia. The site contains around 2,000 rock carvings. Namibia’s only world heritage site. The site is one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa, and was proclaimed a National Monument in 1952. One of the most prominent collections of rock paintings and engravings in Namibia can be viewed at Twyfelfontein
When to go to Namibia
The climate in Namibia is awesome, with sunshine all year round. One can expect freezing conditions at night, especially in the desert areas in Winter. Day time temperatures average between 25 degrees and 40 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) around Summer and Winter.
Etosha’s best season is Winter (May – September) as the weather is cooler and the vegetation more sparse, so game is more easily spotted. Summer also has its bonuses as although the heat is greater, there are thousands of water birds and thousands of migratory animals that flock to the feeding grounds around Okaukuejo.
Along the Skeleton Coast and around Swakopmund, the temperature varies greatly due to the Cold Benguela Current that passes in the Atlantic. Cool, damp nights are to be expected and vary often there is an early morning fog.
For updated weather forecasts across Africa, please visit www.africanweather.net .