Namibia is one of those countries that, when you travel through it, it offers you only an unforgettable experience. Oh, the places we go! You should go too…
With the vast open plains from the border to the Fish River Canyon, you often see wild animals in these areas. The canyon itself will leave you breathless when you first view it from the lookout points. The sunset and sunrise over it are a must-see.
While exploring Namibia there are many places you could visit. Our travels usually take us to some of the more remote spots, so to really take in all the splendour you need to go off the beaten track at times.
Places such as Mariental where they offer a walking tour with the Bushmen from the area is something you don’t want to miss out on. Afterwards visit Kolmanskop in the Lüderitz area, which is a great attraction from the past.
Helmeringhausen offers exceptional apple pie. From there on you should explore one of BlueChilli travel group’s hideaway spots in the Wolwedans region before going through to Sossusvlei where the red dunes of Namibia are found.
Their tours usually take you to one of the hidden places in Namibia. The owner of Sossus on Foot and the family live on a property about 40 kilometres from Solitaire. Here you have the best opportunity to do a walking safari with them to overnight under the stars near the watering hole, which at times up to 500 Hartmann’s mountain zebras, as well as other animals, visit.
From the desert to the sea along the Skeleton Coast, visit Walvis Bay and you may come across thousands of flamingos in the salt-producing area where they feed off the shrimps that give them their colour. Swakopmund is the town to be in if you want to experience some of the delightful activities on offer in Namibia. Quad biking and sandboarding in the dunes are great fun for everybody. Skydiving is also a must for travellers.
Going north from Swakopmund you can explore Sptizkoppe and the White Lady rock painting. Another one of the magnificent places to visit is the White Lady, Palmwag and the Sesfontein areas, where you can see desert lions and elephants.
You will often see the Himba, Herero and Khoisan people selling their art along the routes. You can also visit their villages where they will show you their way of life.
Etosha National Park is one of the great African national parks of southern Africa. It was proclaimed a game reserve on March 22, 1907. Etosha spans an area of
22 270 square kilometres (8 600 sq mi) and gets its name from the large Etosha pan which is almost entirely in the park. It covers 23% (4 760 square kilometres,
1 840 sq mi) of the area of the total national park. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinoceros.
One of the places that are missed by many travellers is the Waterberg Plateau. A game drive in this park takes you to the top of the plateau. It is a particularly prominent location, elevating high above the plains of the Kalahari of Eastern Namibia. Waterberg Park and some 405 square kilometres (156 sq mi) of surrounding land were declared a nature reserve in 1972. As the plateau is largely inaccessible from beneath, several of Namibia’s endangered species were relocated in the early 1970s to protect them from predators and poaching. The programme was very successful and Waterberg now supplies other Namibian parks with rare animals. In 1989 the black rhinoceros was reintroduced to the area from Damaraland.
As a traveller, you usually need between 15 and 20 days to traverse Namibia and I find that most start their travels in Cape Town or Johannesburg. The other option is to start from Windhoek in Namibia as most international flights from Europe land at Hosea Kutako International Airport these days.
We at YGo highly recommend BlueChilli Travel Group’s Cape Town to Namibia tour