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WIDE OPEN SPACES

 

 

WHERE THE EARTH AND HEAVEN MEETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa - for he has so much to look forward to!"
Richard Mullin

 

 

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Wedged between the Kalahari and the chilly South Atlantic, Namibia has deserts, seascapes, bushwalking and boundlessness. Blessed with rich natural resources, a solid modern infrastructure and diverse traditional cultures, it is a beautiful country of vast potential.

Most people come to Namibia to go to the game parks and wildlife reserves to view African animals in their habitat.

The wide-open spaces and variable landscapes present great opportunities for walking and hiking.

Permits to do multi-day walks at the Waterberg Plateau, Naukluft Mountains, the Ugab River and the Fish River Canyon are strictly limited and you should book as far in advance as possible; you'll need a party of at least three and a Windhoek doctor's certificate stating that you're fit and able. Within the parks and reserves travelers enjoy camping and the great outdoors.

There are opportunities to go river rafting and canoeing along some of the mighty inland waterways, including the Orange River. Horse riding is popular and multi-day horse treks are offered from various places.

It's hard to imagine how the German colonizers of Namibia coped with the unlimited elbow room, vast deserts and annual quota of 300 days of sunshine, but that's exactly what now draws travelers to one of Africa's most intriguing destinations.

UNIQUE ASPECTS OF NAMIBIA

 

Cities - from the contrasts of the historic and modern of the capital Windhoek to the ghost towns of the southern Namib where the desert is reclaiming its ground from once vibrant mining towns.

 
 
  People - from the colorful Herero people and stylish city dwellers to the nomadic Himba and elusive Bushmen. Namibia is home to many different ethnic groups and the people of Namibia are not averse to being photographed provided permission is asked. Varying lifestyles and dwellings in urban and remote settings create interesting backdrops.  
 
 

Plant life - from tiny succulent species to towering acacia and the ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis, moringa, pachypodium, euphorbia and lichen are but a few of those worthy of mention. An unexpected plethora of species abounds in this harsh land.

 
 
 

Wildlife - from the desert dwelling elephants of Damaraland to the rare black rhinoceros of Etosha National Park and the desert adapted gemsbok (oryx gazella) of the Namib to the thousands of Cape Fur Seals of the Atlantic Coast, Namibia is home to unrivalled abundance and variety.

 
 
 

Bird life - from the regal fish eagle to the comical hornbill and the small but plentiful sociable weaver over 660 species have been recorded in this country. Fourteen endemic species are resident and a multitude of seasonal migrants visit the rivers and coastlines.

 
 
 

Landscapes - from mountains to plains and sand dunes to canyons the ever-changing landscapes have been shaped over millions of years by seismic and climatic conditions.

ATTRACTIONS IN NAMIBIA

WINDHOEK

SWAKOPMUND

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

SKELETON COAST

FISH RIVER CANYON

SOSSUSVLEI DUNES

NAMIBIA TREASURES

LUDERITZ

THE CAPRIVI

THE CENTRAL PLATEAU

EPUPPA FALLS

PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA

PHOTOGRAPHERS PARADISE

WHEN TO GO

Everywhere in Namibia enjoys a minimum of 300 days of sunshine a year, but temperatures and rainfall vary considerably both seasonally and geographically.

The cold Benguela current keeps the coast of the Desert cool and free from rain. In the interior most the rain fall from November to April. At high altitudes the nights, and during the winter night it can get a bit cold but the country is pleasant to visit all year round.

WINTER:  June to August: Early morning, evening and night-time temperatures can drop below freezing; temperatures of - 40F to - 42F have often been recorded.  Please make sure that you  bring along warm clothing such as jackets, (preferably down as well as a wind-breaker) a beanie, gloves, warm trousers and comfortable closed shoes or boots.

SUMMER: September to May: The day-time temperatures can be high during October, November, December and January! Rain is expected from January to April, but can start in December during a good year. [September can suddenly get cold] Temperatures vary from 68F up to approximately 100F.

CAMPS IN NAMIBIA

Skeleton Coast

Damaraland Camp

Ongava Tented Camp

Serra Cafema

Okonjima Africat Foundation

Sossusvlei WS Camp

 

ITINERARIES

ACE Signature Safari

Wings over Namibia

Skeleton Coast Safari

 

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