Why you should be there.
Why you should be there.
Home to inspiring desert dunes, mountain landscapes, wildlife and a rich culture Namibia is now more rewarding than ever thanks to it's ground breaking conservation efforts. Unlike the rest of Africa, the number of lions and giraffes is growing, not shrinking and the country is host to the world's largest populations of black rhino and cheetah.
Even better? With most of the news about the continent of the negative variety, the news about Namibia hasn't hit the mainstream -- meaning it's a destination that's still affordable AND remains under-visited by the high end safari set...for now.
Climb to the top of a sky-scraping red sand dune at Sossusvlei in the early hours and witness the day’s first light seemingly set the desert landscape on fire. You’ll need to stay within Namib-Naukluft National Park at either Sesriem Camp Site or Sossus Dune Lodge, the only two accommodations that allow pre-dawn access to the site.
Sleepless nights are a good thing. Well, in Etosha National Park anyway. Sit up into the wee hours at one of the park’s three floodlit waterholes and be enthralled by the natural night-time theatrics of safari’s big-name game.
Experience the sheer beauty and drama of the Skeleton Coast and its wildlife (both aquatic and terrestrial) on a low-altitude flight safari.
Self-drive safaris. With evocative landscapes, empty roads and world-class wildlife, Namibia is simply the best place in Africa to get behind the wheel and explore. And with the western section of Etosha National Park recently opening up to self-drivers, there is more to see in 2015 than ever.
Oil. How will the development of recently discovered offshore deposits shape the country’s coast and its economy?
Beetles, lizards, spiders and various plants in the depths of the Namib Desert collect their drinking water by ingeniously condensing fog on their extremities.
The golden wheel spider escapes its predators in the desert by cartwheeling down dunes at a remarkable 2600 revolutions per minute.
Although its remote shores are adorned with half-buried, bleached whale skeletons, the Skeleton Coast actually received its name due to its reputation for sinking ships, and the deadly environment that awaited the survivors.
Kolmanskop, once a booming diamond-mining town – complete with a hospital, school, church, theatre, bowling alley and casino – was deserted and left to be devoured by the Namib’s shifting sands in the 1950s after richer deposits were found elsewhere. Today, Kolmanskop’s dramatic half-digested remains are a surreal testament to the power of nature and to the wastefulness of disposable culture.
Via Lonely Planet