Namibia is the land of sand; and with just three people per square kilometer, it is the least densely populated country in Africa! The landscapes never fail to impress, and Namibia is the only country in the world that has its entire coastline protected by national parks. The Namib Desert, the oldest in the world, spans the whole coastline and far inland before the landscape gradually becomes more vegetated.
Climbing the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei, racing through the dunes on quad bikes in Swakopmund, searching for desert-adapted elephant and endangered black rhino in Damaraland, seeing numerous species all sharing a waterhole at the same time in Etosha, and tracking cheetah on foot at Okonjima… this is just a snippet of what to expect when exploring Namibia.
While the classic trips that take in Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, and Etosha are high on the list for visitors to Namibia, this circuit can get busy, particularly around July and August. If you aren’t excited by the idea of long desert drives and want to head to the remotest corners of Namibia (possibly some of the remotest corners in Africa), a flying safari is a no-brainer. Flying maximizes your time and gives you a unique perspective to see arguably the most exquisite and exclusive scenery on the planet.
If you are looking to get well off the beaten track, the melodramatic Skeleton Coast with its fog-clad shores interspersed with the rusting hulks of shipwrecks and cape fur seal colonies numbering in their tens of thousands is just the place for you. There are also the linear oases of the Hoanib Valley and other ephemeral rivers that act as lifeline highways for desert-adapted elephant and lion, despite the fact that the rivers rarely flow. In the far north-western corner, the jaw-dropping scenery of the remote Kaokoveld is home to the nomadic and enigmatic Himba tribe, who can be visited for one of the most genuine cultural experiences on the continent.
At the opposite end of the country, the lesser-visited southern region is terminated by the dramatic Fish River Canyon, the second-largest canyon in the world. In the south, you can also find the hot springs of Ais Ais and the mysterious abandoned mining town of Kolmanskop, which is being reclaimed by the desert sands.
For an extra-special treat in Namibia, why not also include a hot air balloon ride? You can rise above the dunes and mountains for a spectacular sunrise vista and then float low level like a magic carpet before touching down for a champagne breakfast.
What is not to love about this unique and diverse country?!
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