Namibia

The history of this land can be found carved into rock paintings, some dating back to 26,000 B.C. Namibia has one of the world’s most barren and inhospitable coastlines. It wasn’t until the middle of the nineteenth century that explorers, ivory hunters, prospectors and missionaries began to journey into its interior.

The landscape is Namibia’s defining natural asset. People use a wide variety of words to describe it: vast, endless, magnificent, unimaginable… There simply is no frame of reference, nothing that comes close to seeing the sunset at Sossusvlei, spending the day playing at Swakopmund or visiting the Himba people in Damaraland. You have to experience it yourself. And then encourage others to do the same.

A few of Namibias highlights is Etosha National Park – which is one of the world’s greatest wildlife-viewing spots. The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. Sossusvlei is a huge ephemeral pan set amid towering red dunes that reach up to 325m.

Great distances divide many Namibian towns and cities, and a large percentage of the population still lives rurally. But any visit to Namibia isn’t complete without strolling through the quaint café culture of Windhoek, visiting Namibia’s summer capital Swakopmund or straying off the beaten path to Ludertiz. In every case, Namibia’s wonderful diversity is on full display, as is the German colonial influence. The result is quite different from what many would expect.

 

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