Safaris: Namibia

Namibia3Namibia is not the first place you might think of when planning a safari, but this land of startling contrasts, unique cultural ambiance and areas of complete isolation offers some incredible surprise packages.

From the shipwrecks and seal colonies of the Skeleton Coast travel west through the enormous red sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the rugged valleys and mountains of the Namib, the world’s oldest desert.  The sands and sparsely vegetated savannah of the Kalahari Desert sprawl across the eastern interior. Here you discover the blinding white saltpans of Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s great parks in terms of size and diversity of wildlife.  In the far northeastern pocket uncover the magical oasis of waterways and wildlife that is the Caprivi Strip.

The unique landscape is matched by Namibia’s distinctive cultural character.  At various times governed by Germany, Great Britain and South Africa, Namibia is now a vibrant, multicultural nation that uniquely blends African vitality with European architectural and culinary influences.

It is possible to discover enormous open spaces without roads, towns, trees or even stones in this large and sparsely populated land.  And yet the decent infrastructure makes self-drive safaris a very real option for more independent travellers.  The country’s safe, well-functioning and friendly nature makes for an ideal family holiday.  And the remote lodges, for which it is justifiably famous, make for a luxurious and exclusive hideaway.Namibia1