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Namibia travel guide

Namibia travel guide

Namibia has always been a favourite with Travel Africa readers. It is unlike any other destination on the continent, offering first-time and experienced safari-goers alike something new and interesting. We can’t get enough of it either, which is why we’ve run an article on Namibia in nearly every one of our 75 issues. Because it is so vast, it is a country that demands some research and planning. Which places to include in an itinerary; how to get between...

Essential Windhoek

Essential Windhoek

Nick Buys of Nature Travel Namibia gives his insight into the Namibian capital Day trip If you have a spare day in Windhoek and love being in the bush, why not visit the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, about 45 minutes from the city? Book a tour to learn more about their ongoing effort to protect Namibian big cats. You will meet some of the resident wildlife and have an excellent chance to play a part in conservation efforts....

Singing in the rain

Singing in the rain

Some say that the end of the rainy season — March and April — is the very best time to visit Namibia. Here’s why: Fresh grasses and flowers burst into bloom, transforming landscapes which at other times of year appear barren. The display peaks in April. The clouds that you’ll see at this time add an extra dimension to landscape photos which on cloudless days may turn out rather flat. In Etosha National Park, the fresh water attracts pelicans...

The resonating sounds of silence

The resonating sounds of silence

Sandy Wood finds peace within the Namib desert It is early July. I am snuggled up in bed, cup of tea in hand, watching the sun rise over the cold hills of the Namib Rand Nature Reserve in Namibia. The interplay of colours shifts, changing by the minute. I reach for my camera, but, realising I cannot do the scene justice, I lay it down and try to imprint the images on my memory instead. A distant, repeated, booming...

Namibia unwrapped

Namibia unwrapped

An insider’s overview from the experts at Steppes Travel Why Visit? Namibia is an exciting place to visit: it is wild and inaccessible and, despite being the size of Spain and Germany combined, it has a population of just two million. Eighty per cent of Namibia is desert, and it is amazing to see how the wildlife (and people) have adapted to this harsh environment. As clichéd as it may sound, Namibia is vastly different to any other country...

Treasures of the Namib

Treasures of the Namib

The Namib Desert harbours some extraordinary creatures that have developed fascinating adaptations to cope with the challenges of desert life. We give you seven to look out for Desert lion Probably the single biggest difference between the desert lion of north-west Namibia and anywhere else is their use of space. They utilise home ranges 10 times bigger than any others, criss-crossing the entire northern Namib desert. They take their chances, hunting opportunistically, feeding on beached whales and coastal seabirds...

Vanishing Kings, Lions of the Namib Desert

Vanishing Kings, Lions of the Namib Desert

If you're a fan of lions, brace yourself. For you are about to see lions like you've never seen them before, thanks to the astonishing work of Philip Stander, with Lianne and Will Steenkamp, who have produced a stunning new book called Vanishing Kings, Lions of the Namib Desert (HPH). The Namib is the only place on Earth where a small population of desert-adapted lions occurs. Remarkably, these unique lions have survived along the Skeleton Coast for decades, but...

10 amazing places to stay in Namibia

10 amazing places to stay in Namibia

We asked some of our experts to recommend their favourite spots Erongo Wilderness Lodge (above) “This special hideaway is situated in a secluded valley, encircled by the Erongo Mountains, where the desert, mountain and bushveld ecosystems meet. I have always loved this location; it is a place of beauty and quietness. Bear in mind it isn’t for everyone, as I wouldn’t recommend it for an action-packed crowd. However, it’s a good place to enjoy nature and its sounds —...

Another Namibia

Another Namibia

This southern African country usually conjures up images of arid deserts, so a visit to its Zambezi Region will come as a surprise. Here, at the junction of the Zambezi and Chobe rivers, lies a watery wonderland — with great game viewing opportunities, amazing birdlife and a host of land- and water-based adventures, says Fiona McIntosh. Picture credit Anja Denker. Three African skimmers perform graceful swoops and pirouettes as we approach the lodge. Perfectly streamlined, with long, elegant, red...

Must-do Windhoek

Must-do Windhoek

Wondering what to do in Namibia’s capital? Follow Margo Bishop’s top tips and you’ll be set for a fun few days... What to do:  A city and township tour offers insight to Namibia’s chequered past, from the pre-colonial era to the present day. Perhaps visit the award-winning Nomad Africa Spa, perfect for some R&R. The more active visitor may enjoy a sundowner horse-riding trail with Equitrails, based just outside town at Elisenheim Guest Farm. There are also some great...

Times are a-changin’

Times are a-changin’

Tony Park encountered members of the Himba tribe on a rafting adventure along the Kunene River. Here, he reflects on these people’s way of life, survival skills, beliefs and how they are coping in a modern world Water. You don’t know how much you’ll miss it until you’ve spent a week in the deserts of north-western Namibia. The Kunene may not be Africa’s biggest waterway, but by the time we reach it, this blue border between Namibia and Angola...

Going it alone

Going it alone

Andrew St Pierre White tells us why Namibia is such a brilliant place for a road trip, regardless of your past experience — and how you can make the most of it It’s Etosha National Park in December. A summer storm darkens the sky and against the blinding-white pan, billowing nimbus clouds are building. Springbok and zebra walk away, with purpose, into the mopane scrub. And then the rains begin, with splashes the size of dinner plates. There is...

A weekend with the Bushmen of the Kalahari

A weekend with the Bushmen of the Kalahari

In his visit to the Living Museum of the Ju/’Hoansi-San, Christopher Clark expresses the importance of learning about the first people of southern Africa, and keeping the culture of the San alive As we arrive at the reception of the Living Museum of the Ju/’Hoansi-San, in Namibia, scores of locals gather to offer us an effusive welcome. Some are bare-chested and dressed in traditional animal skin loincloths, with a spear clasped in one hand, and a bow-and-arrow slung over...

6 of the best adventure activities in Swakopmund

6 of the best adventure activities in Swakopmund

Whether you’re sailing through the air or hurtling down some dunes, there are multiple ways to enjoy Namibia’s adventure capital. Carrie Hampton reveals the top sea, sand and sky experiences 1 Tour Swakopmund by bike The Bavarian-style town of Swakopmund is surrounded by sand and a great way to explore the dunes is on a fat-wheel bike. Wide tyres handle the sand brilliantly and daring riders can tackle some monster dunes. How to book  Pedal your way through the...

Sands of time

Sands of time

This portfolio of captivating images explores the mystical ghost town of Kolmanskop, displaying it from every angle. This haunting place, half-buried in the Namib Desert, offers a singular glimpse into colonial times and demonstrates the supreme power that nature holds over such a volatile landscape. Photographs and words by Michael Poliza. Kolmanskop (previously called Kolmanskuppe) resembled a wealthy German town in its heyday but was abandoned in 1956 when diamond prices crashed. The sands of time have blown through...

Desert bounty

Desert bounty

Julie Edwards is spellbound by the macro- and micro-fauna of the Namib Desert, a photographer’s dream We had three choices: the gorgeous Skeleton Coast, the iconic Etosha National Park or the Namib Desert. For us, lovers of deserts of all kinds, it was an easy decision. Pointing the truck south out of Windhoek and turning off onto a desolate dirt road, we drove away from the crowds and into the great sand silence. The Namib is one of the...

The inside track on Namibia

The inside track on Namibia

Why visit? Namibia is a true one-off. It is named after the world’s oldest desert, which extends for 80,000sq km across a coastal belt moulded by 50 million years of arid conditions. The Namib abounds with unusual dry-country life forms: the bizarre gymnospermous welwitschia, the Peringuey’s adder, the rapier-horned oryx and Africa’s last desert-adapted rhinos and elephants. The majestic scenery reaches its apex at Sossusvlei, where the world’s tallest dunes tower like rippled apricot mountains above cracked pans. The...

16 Namibian adventures

16 Namibian adventures

There’s more than one way to enjoy all that Namibia has to offer, so why not transform your trip from a run-of-the-mill holiday into an unforgettable adventure? By Lizzie Williams. 1 Skydiving Skydiving with Ground Rush Adventures (www.skydiveswakopmund.com.na) is a Swakopmund must-do for the adrenalin junkie. Extremely popular tandem free-fall jumps for novices take place after the morning fog has lifted. After a brief safety chat, you board a small plane for a 35-minute scenic flight over Swakopmund as...

Namibia – what to pack

Namibia – what to pack

From camera lenses to sunblock, here’s our guide to your suitcase essentials... Photography Kit Namibia is a photographer’s dream – particularly at sunrise and sunset. Always have plenty of film or digital storage with you as you’ll be amazed at just how much you use. If you plan to go wildlife watching then a camera with a zoom facility will vastly improve your pictures. If you have a SLR camera then attach a 28-300mm lens and don’t remove it...

25 Reasons to visit Namibia

25 Reasons to visit Namibia

Happy Birthday Namibia! The country gained its independence from South Africa in 1990, a quarter of a century ago. To celebrate we asked guidebook writer Lizzie Williams to pick her top things to do in a country rich in wildlife, culture and spectacular landscapes. 1 Admire the German architecture in the quirky coastal town of Lüderitz Perched on a rocky headland between the inhospitable dunes of the Namib and the iciness of the Atlantic, Lüderitz enjoyed prosperity in the...

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