Situated in south west Africa, Namibia is bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and the Atlantic Ocean. This remarkable country is packed with safari gems and huge contasts in its 11 national parks, ranging from the incredible red dunes of the Namib Desert and breathtaking Fish River Canyon to the white salt pans shimmering in Etosha National Pan and the sprawling beaches along the Skeleton Coast. Home to an abundant and diverse wildlife population including unique desert-adapted specias it also boasts a large cheetah population.
At the heart of Etosha National Park lies Etosha pan. Meaning 'great white area’, Etosha formed part of a huge, shallow lake until two million years ago when it dried up after the major river that fed it changed course. Despite its dryness, this area has an abundance of wildlife which gather around waterholes, the perfect place for incredible game sightings. Home to lion, elephant, black rhino and giraffe, it is also the ideal breeding ground for flamingos. Visitors can enjoy leisurely game safaris, boma dinners under the stars, night watches at waterholes and much more.
The Namib Desert, stretching for 1,570 km along the Atlantic coast, is one of the oldest deserts in the world. Sossusvlei is the most accessible part of the Namib, an area known for its magnificent, ochre-coloured dunes, some of highest in the world, which turn stunning colours as the sun rises and sets. A safari around Sossusvlei is a must, either drive yourselves or join a tour. Look out for gemsbok, mountain zebra, springbok and ostrich here and climb up the dunes for incredible views. Other activities include quad biking, sandboarding, 4x4 safaris and hot air balloon trips.
One of the most scenic wilderness areas of Namibia, Damaraland, is a place of vast open plains, dry river beds and massive granite koppies. Highlights of this area include Namibia’s highest mountain, Brandberg, a massif of pink granite that originated inside a volcano; Twyfelfontein, a fascinating rocky outcrop with thousands of bushman engravings; and Spitzkoppe, a group of peaks which are over 120 million years old. Incredibly a number of desert-adapted wildlife have made this desolate landscape their home, including elephant and black rhino - going on a tracking safari is an experience of a lifetime with the chance to get close to these endangered animals.
The longest river in Namibia at 650 km, the Fish River meanders through Fish River Canyon near the end of its course. One of the natural wonders of Africa and the second largest canyon in the world, this spot has become a popular hiking destination. The hike is 86 km in length, takes about five days and leads to Ai-Ais Hot Springs spa. Easier hikes are also offered in adjacent parks. Keep your eyes peeled for mountain zebra, kudu, steenbok, rock dassie and baboon.