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Namibia

NAMIBIA

Comprising seven cluster areas, some of which are sub-regions, Namibia is a land of boundless possibilities and diversity, encompassing everything from its landscape and people to its culture and fauna. Namibia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with a vast range of adventures and activities for visitors to enjoy while visiting the land of contrasts, even with the diversity of offerings across its numerous areas.

Whichever area sparks your interest, you can be sure to have the best vacation ever. Namibia entices its way into your spirit, promising to stay with you forever even though you will leave it behind after your journey. It’s likely that you’ll come back to this place of boundless possibilities to discover even more of its hidden gems.

Tourism and Travel in Namibia

Some of Namibia’s most famous sights can be found in its largest conservation area, including the soaring sand dunes at Sossusvlei, the massive canyon at Sesriem, abandoned shipwrecks and ghost settlements along the chilly Atlantic coast, bleak inselbergs and mountain ranges, and gravel plains covered in lichen.

The Kuiseb River contains evidence of prehistoric life that goes back 200 000 years. When enough rain fell to allow animals to graze, other archeological discoveries suggest that semi-nomadic tribes inhabited the area. More than a century ago, Queen Victoria granted the Topnaar people the right to dwell beside the Kuiseb River within the park. Sandwich Harbor prospered as a harbor and a station for collecting guano, and after diamonds were discovered in 1908, a number of communities were built along the coast. Shipwrecks to be found along the coast include the Otavi at Spencer Baythe Eduard Bohlen at Conception and the Eagle at Sandwich Harbor.

German Governor Friedrich von Lindequist established Reserve No. 3 at first as a buffer zone to limit English control to Walvis Bay. The purpose of the Naukluft portion is to provide a haven for the rare Hartmann’s mountain zebra of Namibia. In 1979, these two parks were combined with state territory to become the Namib-Naukluft Park. The 1986 incorporation of the former Diamond Area No. 2 and a portion of Diamond Area No. 1 into the park resulted in the most notable boundary alteration. Much research on the desert environment has been conducted in the Namib-Naukluft Park, due to the establishment of the Gobabeb Training and Research Centre on the banks of the Kuiseb River.

Unquestionably the most well-liked and essential sight in Southern Namibia, Sossusvlei is a huge clay and salt pan encircled by dunes with a bright orange color that is part of the Namib Desert.

The term “Sossusvlei” is frequently used to refer to the surrounding area in a more general sense. Part of Sossusvlei, the Deadvlei is a popular tourist destination. Before the Tsauchab River changed its course many years ago, the Deadvlei was an oasis.

The remains of blackened skeletal Acacia Trees are all that remain from the oasis and are estimated to be about 900 years old. This scene is one of the most photographed landscapes on the African continent. The surrounding dunes are in a constant state of motion as the fierce desert winds continually alter the texture and shape of these dunes.

Photographers can take advantage of the continually shifting colors of the sand dunes between sunrise and sunset. The tallest dune in Sossusvlei, standing at almost 325 meters, is called Big Daddy Dune. Big Mama, another extremely tall dune, is located directly across from Big Daddy. Last but not least, dune 45, which is only 80 meters high, is a highly popular climbing destination.

One of the greatest game parks in Africa and one of the oldest  is also Namibia’s number-one tourist destination. Home to114 large and small mammal species, more than 400 recorded bird species, scores of reptiles and even a fish species, Etosha is the country’s flagship park. The size of the park has been reduced considerably since it was first proclaimed in 1907, but it still remains larger than several European countries.

The pan was known by its Ondonga name, Etotha, which translates to “the place where no plants grow.” However, early European traders mispronounced the name and dubbed it Etosha. The present pan system was left behind after the vast Lake Kunene, which was formerly supplied by the Kunene River, dried up in the distant past. Recent fossil discoveries of 90-cm-long catfish and antelopes that lived in marshes, including sitatunga, lechwe, and tsessebe, attest to significantly wetter times.

Black rhino conservation in Etosha has a proud tradition, and white rhinos were just been brought back. The indigenous black-faced impala’s recovery has also benefited greatly from the park. Global scientists are drawn to the Etosha Ecological Research Institute.

International visitors to Etosha are well-known for their amazing game viewing experiences at the waterholes. At Okaukuejo Waterhole, one can witness black rhino, lions, and elephants during the night.

Conclusion

Visit Namibia today and get a chance to experience what we call a true safari dream in Africa. Explore the best history, culture and wonderful geographical feature truly memorable and best for photographers and nature lovers interested in visiting the African continent today.

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