Namibia is a starkly beautiful land created on a grand sweeping scale over millennia. This country has some of the most imposing, impressive and other-worldly landscapes to be found anywhere.
The famed Sossusvlei Dunes, a massive sea of shifting red sand, has created some of the tallest sand dunes in the world. Fish River Canyon is said to be the second largest canyon in the world. The coast at Cape Cross is the site of the largest seal colony in the southern hemisphere. The Namib is the earth’s oldest desert. In its glorious stubbornness, life persists even in this harsh realm, which is home to 70 reptile species, including the barking gecko as well as golden mole, jackal and sidewinder. Etosha Pan National Park also manages to support animals and rare plants, including the rare desert elephant. Captivating indigenous groups, such as the San Bushmen of the Kalahari and the Himba of the far north, strive to maintain their traditional customs in the face of today’s modern pressures. On the Atlantic seashore are the infamous relics of the shipwrecks of the Skeleton Coast and the community of Walvis Bay, which features a natural lagoon with an astounding abundance of seabirds – some 120,000 birds, including flamingos and pelicans. They are joined each year by 200,000 migratory birds. Communal conservancies in northwestern Namibia’s Damaraland are home to desert-adapted elephant, and the only free-ranging populations of lion and endangered black rhino.
Namibia stands out as the first country in Africa where the protection of the environment was enshrined in its constitution. Its conservation initiatives provide win-win results for all, including for some 230,000 local Namibians by generating income and benefits to previously impoverished communities. An impressive 43% of the country is under some form of protected status. It is also the only country in the world where the entire coastline is protected. Namibia is a multi-faceted gem with dramatic landscapes, unique wildlife and hospitable people that provides a once-in-a-lifetime African experience.
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Few sights stir my spirit more than a star-filled, open sky at night. In places like the Namib Desert, you can slip away from lights and find a spot with unrestricted views and settle in. To me, it’s a magic show. I had a slim cot that sat about a foot above the ground that I would take to the end of my dirt driveway with nothing but wild desert across the street. I’d stretch out and watch the night tell her story. Her mood was reflected in the colors – from light purple and mauve to dark blue and then midnight blue-black. I thought the Milky Way was a seam in the universe, stuffed with leftover light, maybe to be used later to create more stars. Often, I fell asleep. My dad came out to check on me, and would carry me back inside. Namibia’s sky is comfortably familiar, different but familiar with altered constellations. But the Milky Way is still there with its overstuffed seam. I half expect to see my dad come to check on me.
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"I fell in love with Namibia long before I even understood why. What was the connection? Was it the dramatic dunes, the remoteness and remarkable desert animals? Was it the community-based conservancies? Was it that they were the first country in the world to have a sustainability amendment in their constitution? Today, I can tell you that it was and remains all of that. But you need to move beyond the dunes of Sossusvlei."
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Conservancies are the future of Africa and Botswana and Namibia are on the leading edge of this movement. From the intentional cap on the number of visitors through pricing in Botswana, to the constitutional amendment for sustainability in Namibia, southern Africa is facing a new frontier for remote safaris. The open ranges of northern Namibia, where the real Namibia can be found, to northern Botswana’s Selinda Spillway, where you witness the lesser-known zebra migration, this safari offers you a different view, an authentic experience.
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Go on safari in the remarkable landscapes of Namibia, from Etosha National Park to Damaraland. Visit a traditional community of one of the last nomadic people in Africa. Discover the 2,500-year-old prehistoric rock engravings of Twyfelfontein.
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Discover the dramatic landscapes, unique wildlife and welcoming people of Namibia.
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Namibia presents the traveler with a wealth of dramatic landscapes and an impressive variety of endemic wildlife. From the fringes of the Skeleton Coast along the Atlantic to the famed Sossusvlei Dunes to the stunning Fish River Canyon to private game reserves, Namibia is a multi-faceted gem offering a remarkable African adventure.