“Namibia is a grim place in many ways, a harsh place where the legends mostly speak of death and greed. But it is also one of the most startlingly beautiful places on Earth. There were no great kingdoms there in the Elder Days. The Namib was always a frontier zone.” – Marq De Villiers & Sheila Hirtle
Although synonymous with the gigantic sand dunes and desert plains of the Namib-Naukluft National Park in the west – which will undoubtedly feature on your Namibian itinerary – this desert-and-sea flanked country has more than sand dunes and reliable game-viewing on offer. Destinations such as Damaraland, the shipwreck-strewn Skeleton Coast and the Kaokoveld echo with emptiness, yet first-class lodges and hotels provide peaceful retreats of comfort in even the remotest of regions. Of course if it’s wildlife you’re after, Namibia will far from disappoint. Namibia’s lands are host to an array of unique wildlife from the rare desert-adapted elephants which wander ancient riverbeds to the wild feral horses which gallop through the south-western region of the country. Etosha National Park is famous for its animal-packed waterholes and keen twitchers scanning the foliage of this salt pan are sure to add one feathered sighting after another to their life-list. Namibia’s capital of Windhoek is the country’s geographical heart and commercial nerve centre, while surfers, anglers, beach-bums and adrenaline-junkies won’t want to miss out on Swakopmund.
One thing that soon becomes abundantly clear upon visiting the magnificent country of Namibia is that it is a land of extraordinary contrasts. Vast and lonely deserts, crashing seas, rugged mountains and intriguing wildlife constantly compete for your attention in a landscape of dramatic scenery and infinite elbow room. Time and space are less defined here and people who experience her boundless beauty come to understand the true meaning of escapism.