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is a startling country - a celebration of the weird and wonderful.
It contains the world's second largest canyon, the highest sand dunes,
the oldest desert, the largest existing meteorite, the smallest antelope,
some of the most bizarre plants and many other truly unusual attractions.
Everywhere you look, there is something astonishing.
|It's mostly desert, with
big rivers on its borders - the Orange on its southern border with South
Africa, the Kunene on its north-western border with Angola and the
Okavango on the north-eastern border of the Caprivi Strip, which was tacked
on to Namibia in order to give the German colonialists access to the Zambezi.
To the west, the icy Atlantic Ocean pounds the desert shore with relentless
fury, throwing up all manner of flotsam, including numerous wrecks. It's
called the Skeleton Coast and the name says it all, really. But don't,
for a moment, think that desert means boring, dull or monotonous. Oh no.
The Namib Desert presents a whole host of spectacular landscapes - from
gravel pavements, huge red dunes and contorted geological formations which
have been dubbed 'the moon landscape' to vast underground forests of welwitschias,
which are massive, ancient desert trees that - literally - grow underground
with only the top of the trunk, two enormous leaves and flowers showing.
Many of the trees are thousands of years old.
Vast areas of the country
are true wilderness and there are a number of game reserves, most notable
of which is the Etosha National Park. Centred on a huge saltpan, Etosha
is home to an enormous array of animals. All the usual big guys like rhinos,
elephants, lions, giraffes etc, abound but there are some interesting endemics.
The black faced impala is much like the usual impala, except it looks like
someone ran a sooty finger down its nose.
It's hard to imagine anything
prettier than an impala, anyway, but the black-faced ones looked like Max
Factor got hold of them to great advantage. The smallest antelope in the
world is the cute little Damara dikdik, which is endemic to the park. One
of Etosha's main attractions is the floodlit waterholes on the edge of
the camps - you can stay up all night with a blanket and a flask of coffee
watching an ever-changing parade of animals. The high-lying Waterberg Plateau
Park is a bit anomalous, in that it's quite well watered - as the name
suggests - and mountainous. Kaokoland, in the northern part of the country
is a wild, desert area just to the south of the Kunene River, where the
fascinating and friendly Himba people herd their goats and cattle and live
as they have done for centuries.
|There are desert elephants
and desert rhinos, huge ephemeral lakes that support enormous flocks of
flamingos that arrive mere days after the rains have filled the pans. Nobody
knows how they know it has rained thousands of miles away. They just do.
There is so much to see and do in this awesome country. You could do a
rafting or canoeing trip on either the Kunene or the Orange. The game viewing
and bird watching is excellent in Etosha, the Waterberg or any of the many
other game reserves. There is awesome rock climbing at the spectacular
Spitzkoppe, a huge granite inselberg rising up from the plain with dramatic
sheerness. Dragon's Breath Cave holds the largest underground lake in the
world. There are interesting sinkholes, which local divers have been exploring
for decades. Bitterwasser is a glider's paradise where international pilots
spend the summer months doing immensely long cross country flights and
setting all manner of records. Only for the bold, a horseback trail across
the Namib Desert is a real challenge and a wonderful experience. Camel
expeditions are also on offer. There is wonderful sea kayaking near Swakopmund,
where you may see seals and dolphins. There is good rock art scattered
all over Namibia but the most unusual is the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.
There are some very tough hikes, including one in the Fish River Canyon
and one in the Namib Naukluft Park. You could do a balloon flight over
the desert at sunrise.
And the capital city, Windhoek,
is a clean, modern city rising up from the desert. It has all the usual
facilities - golf courses, Namibia restaurants, shopping and good hotels.
Namibia was a German colony, and many of the smaller towns still retain
a Teutonic flavour, particularly Swakopmund and Lüderitz on the Atlantic
coast. As well as the European-style buildings, you'll find lots of German
restaurants and pubs. And - of course - Namibia makes the best beer in
Africa, which is most definitely as a result of its German heritage. All
Namibian beer conforms to the German Reinheidsgebod (purity law) of 1516.
Germans don't muck about when it comes to making (or drinking) beer.
- Like No Other Place On Earth by James Weis
Situated between the Kalahari
Desert and the South Atlantic Ocean along the southeastern shoreline of
Africa, Namibia is known for its contrasting landscapes including deserts,
seascapes, boundless plateaus and rock canyons. In addition to its vast
array of rich natural resources, Namibia features a solid contemporary
infrastructure as well as diverse traditional cultures -- it is a magnificent
country to visit. Land of Contrasting Landscapes Namibia is home to the
desolate Namib Desert, with its high dunes and extraordinary sense of space,
which is said to be the oldest desert in the world. In fact, it is estimated
that the Namib is as much as 80 million years old. Namibia also boasts
the second largest canyon in the world (next to the Grand Canyon), the
Fish River Canyon. This enormous gorge spans a distance of approximately
160 kilometers. Formed around 500 million years ago, the gorge was created
by water erosion coupled with the collapse of the valley bottom due to
movements in the earth's crust. The canyon is part of a Nature Conservation
Park and has become a popular hiking destination featuring a path of roughly
86 kilometers. The central plateau, with its thorn bush savannah and jagged
mountains, rises unexpectedly from the plains. In the northern area of
the country, landscapes include everything from the dense bush and open
plains of the great Etosha Pan, to wooded savannah bursting with lush vegetation.
|Sometimes known as the "country
of contrast," Namibia not only offers the safari adventurer amazingly diverse
landscapes but also an ample amount of wildlife (the world's highest concentration
of wild cheetah and almost 70 percent of the continent's birds), enormous
vistas and a population that speaks more than 16 languages and dialects.
Where else in the world can you experience such unsurpassed beauty and
diverse landscapes complemented by a truly spectacular coastline? In addition,
the timelessness of this country is reflected in dinosaur footprints preserved
in sandstone, prehistoric rock art, and the ancient fossil plant, Welwitschia
mirabilis. If you're a photographer, Namibia is like heaven on earth. Namibian
Wildlife In addition to the vast array of natural beauty that makes Namibia
such a perfect choice for a safari, it is also the natural habitat for
a wide variety of endangered species including the Puku antelope (occurring
in Namibia's Caprivi area), the Orbi and the Black Rhino. In fact, there
are more than 20 species of antelope in Namibia including the Eland and
the Gemsbok. In the seaside retreat of Swakopmund, you can take a boat
journey and view seals, dolphins, whales and penguins. Although Namibia
is probably the least known of the Southern African countries, the attractions
and topography are unlike anywhere else in the world. When you go on safari
in Namibia, you will experience the opportunity to explore culture, wildlife
and landscapes that will leave a lasting impression.
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HOUSES / SAFARI LODGES IN NAMIBIA
STRIP ACCOMMODATION - NAMIBIA
Safari Lodge, Caprivi
Impalila Island Lodge is
situated in north eastern Namibia on Impalila Island which forms the meeting
place of four countries - Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. LOCATION
The peaceful and secluded Impalila Lodge is situated in Namibia on an island
at the confluence of the mighty Zambezi and Chobe Rivers...
River Lodge, Caprivi
Namushasha Lodge on the
banks of the Kwando River, opposite the West Caprivi Game Park, offers
you, the visitor, an unique experience in Namibia's sub-tropical region
- the Caprivi. Namushasha Lodge is situated on the banks of the Kwando
River, opposite the West Caprivi Game Park, in Namibia's sub-tropical Caprivi
A luxury tented river camp
on the banks of the Okavango River in Namibia. Tents are all equipped with
en-suite bathrooms, we cater for twelve guests at a time. The thatched
Lapa is extended with a wooden deck onto the Okavango River for good game
viewing like: Elephants, Hippos and Buffalos to name but a few. Swimming
pool, Bar & Restaurant available.
ACCOMMODATION - NAMIBIA
The lodge combines peace
and relaxation in the bush with simple Namibian hospitality. Decorated
with an African touch, eight bungalows under thatch provide very comfortable
and spacious accommodation. 4 times winner in Namibia's Best Lodge category,
Huab Lodge is situated on the ephemeral Huab River in dramatic mountain
Country Lodge, Khorixas, Damaraland
The Twyfelfontein area,
being a very vulnerable and delicate ecosystem, is renowned for some of
the best examples of Bushman paintings and Rock Engravings in Southern
Africa. Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is situated 100 km's west of
Khorixas, Damaraland, Namibia.
GUEST HOUSES, NAMIBIA
Rust Guest House, Gobabis
Friendly homely Namibian
atmosphere. Only 110km from Botswana border. First town across
the Botswana border. Neatly fully furnished air conditioned rooms
with private braai area and TV. Inside secure parking. Double or
single rooms as well as family accommodation. Breakfast inclusive,
supper optional. Half-way to Henties Bay for fishermen!
(KALAHARI) ACCOMMODATION - NAMIBIA
A green Oasis in the Kalahari
landscape, is situated on the banks of the dry Auob river. The small town
Gochas is only 6 km away. Walking/Hiking Trails, Horse Riding, Swimming
Pool, Game Drives, Squash Court, Bird Watching. The red dunes of the Kalahari
are in strong contrast to the white calcareous rocks of the valley formed
by the Auob river.
RAND NATURE RESERVE GAME & SAFARI LODGES - NAMIBIA
Dune Camp / Lodge
Nestled amidst the dunes
in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve, Wolwedans provides the perfect
base from which to explore vast stretches of awe-inspiring nature. LOCATION
NamibRand Nature Reserve, one of Southern Africa's largest private conservation
areas, is situated on the edge of the Namib Desert, close to Sossusvlei.
Nestled amidst the dunes
in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve, and set against a backdrop of
unparalleled beauty, Wolwedans provides the perfect base from which to
explore vast stretches of awe-inspiring nature. Wolwedans Dunes Lodge is
located in south western Namibia, in the heart of the NamibRand Nature
Reserve and on the doorstep of Sossusvlei.
Private Camp - Safari Lodge
Situated in the quiet seclusion
of an idyllic valley in the Namib Rand Nature Reserve with is situated
south of Sossusvlei. Relaxation, Spending quality time with a partner.
The idea of the Private Camp is to get away for a day or two - not doing
much except relaxing and spending quality time with a partner.
If what you are looking
for is peace and quiet, we have the perfect place for you! A place
so unspoiled that while you are there you will experience nature as it
was first created. n'Kwazi is a secluded paradise, tucked away amongst
lush riverine vegetation on the banks of the perennial Kavango river. Situated
20 kms north-east of Rundu.
ACCOMMODATION - NAMIBIA
- Luxury Cabin/Guesthouse/Self-catering, Solitaire
Situated in the peaceful
solitude of an idyllic valley, in the heart of the desert, near Solitaire
and Sossusvlei dunes, Kuangukuangu is the ideal place for travellers who
seek tranquillity and intimacy.
Guest Farm, Solitaire
Namibgrens Guest Farm is
situated 170km south west of Windhoek on the road via Spreetshoogte Pass
to Sossusvlei and the coast. The road D1275 is easily accessible by 2X4
vehicles from an easterly and westerly direction. A 900m airstrip for light
aircraft’s is also available. Co-ordinates, (south 23°, 35° and
east 16°, 16°).
Naukluft Lodge, Solitaire
Your getaway to the Namib
Desert! The Namib Naukluft Lodge situated 230 km south of the capital
Windhoek is the ideal gateway to the high dunes of the Namib desert. Safari
Lodge, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Swimming Pool, Game Viewing, Walking.
Ritz Desert Lodge, Solitaire
The Rostock Desert Lodge
(Rostock Ritz), your in-between stop in the desert, consists of a combination
of igloo shaped bungalows, aesthetically integrated into the natural surroundings.
22 double rooms with en-suite shower and toilet and an unlimited view await
you. Our facilities are wheelchair friendly and two special units are for
ACCOMMODATION - NAMIBIA
Situated amidst the Namib
desert at the entrance to the famous Sossusvlei. Safari Lodge, Game Drives,
Walks/Hiking, Swimming Pool, Guided Trips to Sossusvlei, Sundowner Drives,
Ballooning Flights, Scenic Flights, Bush Dinners, Honeymoon Packages, Conferences,
Horse Back Trails, Weddings.
Some fifty kilometers Northwest
of the village of Noordoewer on the farm Aussenkehr lies an undiscovered
gem, the Norotshama River Resort. Nestled in the great valley of the Karas
region in southern Namibia and situated on the banks of the Orange River,
this pristine, malaria-free resort offers a host of activities for the
& RESORTS IN NAMIBIA
Villa Guesthouse, Swakopmund
This beautiful Villa is
situated on the outskirts of Swakopmund and is uniquely situated overlooking
both the Atlantic ocean and the Namib desert. Situated in Vogelstrand,
Swakopmund, Atlantic villa is approximately 6 km from the city centre.
The magnificent Atlantic Villa has breathtaking views and is only a short
walk from the Atlantic Ocean. This upmarket guesthouse caters to even the
most sophisticated requirements where our guests are assured of our undivided
attention. Accommodation consists of five rooms of which two is luxury
suites. In addition three family apartments are available and suitable
BAY AREA HOTELS
Hotel, Walvis Bay
Langholm Hotel is situated
close to the magnificent wetland of the Walvis Bay Lagoon, and at the edge
of the Namib Desert. The Langholm Hotel Garni can offer the eco-tourist
a wonderful glimpse into the ecology of the area, as well as great adventure
Lodge, Windhoek Area
Only 20 minutes drive from
Hosea Kutako International Airport on the main route into Windhoek, offers
visitors the chance to prepare for their safari experience or business
meetings in the stunningly beautiful Ondekaremba scenery of vast plains,
distant mountain ranges and blue skies that go on for ever. This family
owned and run lodge offers a rare taste of Namibia.
Oanob Resort, Windhoek Area
Conserving a vanishing way
of life. If you've stayed with us, my 'kuame' (meaning friend) you've helped
to make this dream come true. Lake Oanob Resort offers a range of waterfront
accommodation possibilities such as luxurious Chalets, en-suite rooms and
campsites. An a la carte Restaurant and fully licensed bars will
make your visit complete and unforgettable. The Resort provides activities
for all age groups and levels of excitement from, water skiing, canoeing,
and horseback riding to relaxing sundowners by boat.
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