Traveling in Namibia
Namibia is one of those countries that most people don’t seem to know much about, but in my opinion Namibia is one of the best countries to visit in Africa. The country has many attractions such as the second largest canyons in the world, the tallest sand dunes in the world, resort towns on the Atlantic ocean, and several national parks. Once a colony of Germany, German architecture and influence can still be seen throughout the country. Most large cities in Namibia even have Oktoberfest style festivals! Namibia is a safe and easy destination, full of adventure.
Swakopmund is where Namibia’s best beaches and resorts can be found. The coastal areas here have great weather, plenty of scenery, and lots of infrastructure for just about any beach activity you can think of. The city of Walvis Bay is only a 20 minute drive to the south, and is even compared to California by some!
When Etosha National Park first opened, it was the largest national park on the planet. Although its original size has been reduced, Etosha remains another one of the world’s greatest parks, and by far Namibia’s best place to view wildlife. The landscape itself isn’t known for its scenery, but Etosha is home to a very diverse range of species.
Namibia is full of desert adventures. They hold the third largest canyons in the world that can best be explored by a seven day hiking trail. The sand dunes Sossusvlei are also the highest in the world, with sand dune #45 taking the record at over 1,000 feet (330 meters). Scenic flights over the sand dunes is a must. For snowboarders, Sossusvlei can offer you a similar challenge, try sand boarding!
The capital of Namibia is a very beautiful and peaceful one. Windhoek is the countries largest city and is located in the highlands at an elevation of 5,260 feet (1,600 meters). Because of the city’s elevation, it offers significantly cooler weather than the hot surrounding deserts. The most famous place to visit is the Na’an Kuse foundation, who are dedicated to preserving nature, and culture of the country. Their Windhoek location is famous for its mammal conservation, where you can even have a personal meeting with a cheeath or other large cats!