Namibia is celebrated for its vast open landscapes – a country of vivid contradictions and stark beauty, where undulating deserts tumble over towering dunes to meet a tempestuous coastline. Its immensity of space – it is the fifth largest country in Africa – is accentuated by the fact that it is the driest country south of the Sahara.
To many travelers, it is the Namib Desert that remains one of Africa’s most awe-inspiring spectacles. A “living desert”, its shifting dunes are honeycombed with the greatest variety of living creatures of any dune-lands in the world. Despite the scarcity of rain, sea mists borne by winds from the icy Atlantic Ocean create condensation which sustain an array of unique creatures and desert-adapted plants including the bizarre Welwitchia plant. The NamibRand Nature Reserve spans 184 000 hectares of desert, its beauty lies in its stark emptiness and climactic extremes, its far horizons and jagged mountain heights.
At Sossussvlei in the Namib-Naukluft Park, the highest sand dunes in the world create a shifting canvas of light and texture, contrasted by deeply-carved canyons and ravines – a haven for photographers and artists, enraptured by their beauty.
Then north past Swakopmund the desolate Skeleton Coast extends from the Kunene River on the Angolan border to the Ugab River in the south, a vast area accessible only by air. Undulating sand dunes, rocky volcanic mountain ranges and occasional grassy plains characterise this remote area, known also for the shipwrecks dotted along its formidable coastline.
Namibia has rapidly become a well-known safari destination with a difference, famed for its remote and intimate lodges, interaction with the indigenous people as well as the wildlife, and offering unique opportunities to become involved with the cultural heritage of all its peoples
These are just some sample outline itineraries to give you a few ideas for a superb safari in Namibia