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Namibia

Namibia is located in Southern Africa on the Atlantic coast. Here you are able to enjoy the wild seascapes, rugged mountains, spectacular deserts, dense bush, apricot dunes, colonial cities and unparalleled wildlife. The landscape, unchanged for millions of years, is one of ravaged majesty where you can marvel at the technicolour images that it provides.

The Namib-Naukluft National Park containing Sossusviei is a vast clay-packed area surrounded by the world’s tallest dunes. This conservation area (one of four in the park) is a photographer’s dream where you are treated to a kaleidoscope of colours, shade and light. Meerkats, herds of oryx and sunbirds can be found in this region. Namib is nicknamed the world’s oldest desert where the shifting sands and colourful dunes provide a calming, surreal experience.

A good way to appreciate this grandiose area is either by light aircraft or a balloon trip. Fish River Canyon, second in size only to the Grand Canyon, is perfect for experienced hikers who relish a challenge. Situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River this impressive natural beauty with its ochre rock faces and cloudless azure skies will both delight and inspire even the most world weary traveller.

The Skeleton Coast is aptly named for it’s strong currents, thick fog and traversing underwater sandbanks that have shipwrecked a good many sailors. Sailors often stumbled across alluvial diamonds at their feet then died of thirst and hunger with untold wealth in their pockets. Stark but pleasing to the eye this area offers the unusual spectator sport of elephant surfing. Seeing a six tonne mammal careenring down a sand dune brings a whole new meaning to body surfing.

Namib is nicknamed the world’s oldest desert where the shifting sands and colourful dunes provide a calming, surreal experience. A good way to appreciate this grandiose area is either by light aircraft or a balloon trip.

Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s finest game reserves and is home to 114 different species of mammals. The park is one of the best places to see the endangered Black Rhino in their natural sanctuary.

Okaukuejo is the perfect site to watch the Black Rhino in floodlit conditions. Antelopes, giraffes, wildebeest, spotted hyenas and ostriches gather around the man-made and natural water holes giving the spectator an almost guaranteed wildlife experience. 340 species of birds have also been identified in the park including Namibia’s national bird, the flamingo.

Damaraland is sandwiched between the Skeleton Coast and Etosha National Park. This area has two distinct features in geology and wildlife. The early morning and sunset game drives are the primary draw of Damaraland – here you can track the rare Desert Rhino.

Kunene Valley is the home to the Epupa Falls. It is a mystical place with dozens of small waterfalls cascading between mossy rocks covered with Baobab trees. These suspended gardens make this area a bird-watchers paradise.

The Caprivi Strip is a narrow area of land in the north-east of Namibia. Owing to high rainfalls in this lush region you will find wildlife that is not prevalent in other areas of Namibia. East Caprivi is bordered by the Kwando, Linyanti, Chobe and Zambezi Rivers which provide excellent bird-watching opportunities with 70% of bird species found in Namibia viewable in this area.

The Mahango Game Reserve is a small, ecologically diverse park combining grassland, floodplain, riverine forests and reed beds. Elephants are the prime draw to this reserve, as well as being the only game park in Namibia where you can walk unaccompanied. Such freedom gives the visitor a sense of adventure.