The Top 5 Destinations in Namibia
Namibia draws tourists from all over the world because of its diverse terrain and fascinating off-road trails. Car hire in Namibia
is the most affordable option with which to navigate these unforgettable paths that are filled with amazing fauna and flora.
The Skeleton Coast – Skeleton National Park
The Skeleton Coast received its name from having some of the most famous shipwrecks taking place in the area, owing to this; there a quite a few human skeletons adorning the coast; many sea hunts and whaling operations took place in the area. The aftermath of the wrecks was so severe that the indigenous Bushmen renamed the area, ‘the land God made in anger’.
However, these days it is more renowned for the national park that resides in the area. The fauna that inhabit this park have had to specially adapt because of the area being predominantly desert, which is therefore desiccated. Some of the animals which you will be privileged to see are the desert-adapted elephant as well as the black rhinoceros and our national animal, the springbok. Another uniquely-adapted animal common to the area is the armour-plated lizard, which can reach a length of over 30 centimetres.
Swakopmund and Walvis Bay
After experiencing the incredible fauna and natural beauty of the Skeleton Coast, you may be in the mood for a little adventure, and Swakopmund is where you will find it. The town offers a plethora of adrenaline-surging activities, which includes sand boarding down Namibia’s famous dunes, dune carting, quad biking and even parachuting – the thrill seeker inside you will be more than satisfied. The town also has many cultural opportunities in which you can indulge such as art galleries, museums that explain the town and country’s rich history and an aquarium.
The Swakopmund Jetty is probably the most famous icon in the town. It is a popular area for taking a recreational walk. It is also frequented by fishermen, especially anglers. The jetty has been renovated and now is a great spot for some lunch or dinner as it boasts a bar and a restaurant.
Sossusvlei’s biggest draw card is that it is the town that boasts the highest sand dunes in the world. Here’s another chance to purge some built up energy and try sand board down these mammoth mountains of sand; the dunes can reach up to 60 kilometres in height, so be careful. The temperatures that are experienced in the area are at either end of the spectrum, with a high of over 40 degrees Celsius during the day and an astonishing below zero during the night.
There are some very unique animals that call this area their home. The shovel-snouted lizard lives below the sand and is able to store water within it. Another fascinating creature is the Grant’s Golden Mole, which lives underground and never surfaces and owing to this, it does not have any eyes.
The Kalahari Desert is in fact not a desert as it receives too much rain. The area, unlike that of Sossusvlei is characterised by small dunes and grass. The desert stretches across seven countries; the Namibian area is covered in trees and, owing to the regular rainfall patterns, many mammals, birds and other glorious fauna can be found there. This makes it a perfect area for a game-drive, whether guided or self-driven; you will catch glimpses of our national animal, the springbok speeding, (but with much grace), through the grasslands. Other animals such as the Vervet Monkey and the bush baby are also proud inhabitants of the Kalahari.
One cannot speak about the Kalahari Desert without mentioning its human inhabitants, the Bushmen. They are ancestors of the dwellers of southern Africa and they have continued to live the same way. They are a culture steeped in a rich cultural history, much of which is depicted in the their famous rock art.
If it is culture, natural beauty and tranquillity that one is seeking, then the Namibian region of Caprivi is sure to suffice. Caprivi is home to six ethnic tribes: the Subia, Yeyi, Mafwe, San, Tortela and Mbukushu. The capital of Caprivi, Katima Mulilo, is located on the mighty Zambezi River, which is in close proximity to the majestic “smoke that thunders” – the Victoria Falls. There are no other major towns, but visitors will come into contact with many small villages.
One of the other attractions that draw many tourists is the four perennial rivers, the Chobe, Kwando, Linyanti and the mighty Zambezi, that surround the region of Caprivi. You will also be able to witness four of the majestic “big five”.