Natural attractions of Namibia

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Natural attractions of Namibia

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What does Namibia have to offer? in short, diversity and adventure. You can drink ice cold German beer in Swakopmund or spend the day with one of the indigenous Himba tribes. You can spend 5 days in one place and see something new everyday, or spend those 5 days covering thousands of km’s and still only see a fraction of Namibia.

In this post I will cover some of the must see areas in Namibia to experience its natural beauty and wildlife.

The Jewel of Namibia remains the Namib Desert. The name Namib is of Khoekhoegowab origin and means “vast place”.  Stretching over 2000km’s along the harsh Atlantic coastline of Namibia, this ancient desert is known to be the oldest in the world. It is famous for the huge red dunes and the Dead Vlei( dry water bed) in the Sossusvlei region and the gigantic Dunes( some reaching 300M high) along the coast between Walvis Bay in the North to Lüderitz in the South. The Namib-Naukluft National Park, the largest game park in Africa, is home to the toughest of animals who have adapted to live in this harsh environment. This includes Zebra, Gemsbok( Oryx), jackals, Brown Hyena and the world famous Desert Elephants and Lions.

In stark contrast to the dry and desolate landscape of the Namib, we have the Zambezi region, previously known as the Caprivi region. Here water and lush wetlands are the order of the day. Mighty rivers, home to crocodiles and Hippos, flow though through the heart of the Caprivi strip.

Wildlife here is guaranteed, with herds of elephants and buffalo frequently found on the river banks.

Spend your days floating down the rivers on one of the many game viewing boats available from the lodges. All the while enjoying a beverage of choice, with a uninterpreted view of the game.

When it comes to wildlife though, there is one name that springs too mind, Etosha. Covering 22,270 square km’s, with the pan itself stretching 4760 square km’s, Etosha National park is one of the bucket list items for all visitors to Namibia.

In Etosha you will find the tallest Elephants in the world, imposing prides of Lion and one of the last safe areas for Rhino in Africa. The well documented big 5 is what most people come here to see, in Etosha you will also have the privilege to see large herds of Springbok, Gemsbok, Zebra, Wildebeest and Giraffe, sometimes all at once gathered at one of the waterholes.

For bird enthusiasts the Pan brings over 300 species of birds together during various seasons, so be sure to visit during the dry and wet season.

Get in touch with Dunes Car Hire and Tours to book your holiday in Namibia, and experience Africa at its best. We can provide fully planned trips including a fully kitted vehicle and all accommodation( lodging or camping).

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