"Namibia’s desert scenery is unlike anywhere else in Africa, an undulating sandscape of dunes like mini mountains and spectacular rust-red rock formations."

Touring in Namibia

Namibia’s desert scenery is unlike anywhere else in Africa, an undulating sandscape of dunes like mini mountains and spectacular rust-red rock formations. This arid habitat is anything but lifeless, however, populated by a wealth of desert-adapted wildlife that roams across some of Africa’s biggest national parks. Along the coast you’ll find wetlands rich in birdlife, wild beaches where lions stalk the sands, and quirky Germanic towns that serve as a reminder of Namibia’s fascinating colonial history.

The country takes its name from the rolling sands of the Namib Desert, an otherworldly landscape that reaches its zenith at Sossusvlei, where the dunes stand several hundred metres tall. The red rocks of Damaraland conceal prehistoric rock art and petrified forests, as well as wildlife including the rare black rhinoceros. Etosha National Park is the country’s prime safari location, where waterholes attract lions, elephants and springboks, and the rainy season creates vast lagoons that teem with birdlife. The desert meets the sea along the wild Skeleton Coast, where the beaches are littered with shipwrecks, and Walvis Bay is home to one of southern Africa’s largest concentration of flamingos.

 

Touring Highlights of Namibia

  • Etosha National Park is home to an extraordinary concentration of wildlife, and comes alive during the rainy season when the vast Etosha salt pan turns into a shallow lagoon filled with flamingos and pelicans.
  • The towering dunes of Sossusvlei are a breathtaking sight, and the colours are at their most mesmerising just after sunrise, so get up early and don’t forget your camera!
  • Between 1884 and 1915 Namibia was a German colony, and the Germanic architecture of towns like Lüderitz and Swakopmund seems utterly surreal in the midst of the desert.
  • Many ships have come a cropper over the years on the Skeleton Coast, and eerie wrecks litter the shoreline. You can also see plenty of wildlife along the coast, including seals, lions and desert elephants.
  • Damaraland is the setting for some of Namibia’s most striking landscapes, from rugged red rock formations to lush valleys, and also supports wildlife including lions, hyenas and the endangered black rhino.

 

 

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