Africa’s Undiscovered Gem: Picturesque Namibia

Made up of seven cluster regions and sub-regions, Namibia is a country of infinite opportunities and diversity, from its topography and people to its culture and wildlife. It remains one of the most beautiful countries worldwide, offering travellers a kaleidoscope of activities and adventures to enjoy during their stay in the land of contrasts.

Start your journey with Namibia’s central region which provides a variety of tourism activities and places of interest to visit before heading into the sunset to explore further. With Auas Mountains to the south, Khomas Hochland in the west and the Eros Mountains in the East, Windhoek is a meeting place of old and new, modern, and old styles featuring an assortment of architectural styles, people, modern facilities, and world-class infrastructure.

The city is a melting pot of cultures, people, cuisine, and religions, offering travellers insight into the Namibian way of life as executives dressed in the latest business attire walk alongside Herero women dressed in their beautiful traditional wear.

Its variety of restaurants, from international and continental cuisine right through to local delicacies, will appeal to a magnitude of tastes. At the same time, its accommodation options offer an assortment of options from camping and B&B’s to international chain hotels and homely pensions

A drive to the town of Okahandja, just 70km north of Windhoek, provides opportunities for local entrepreneurs to display their work in the form of wood carvings at two craft markets. Southwest of Okahandja lies Gross Barmen, famous for its hot springs and one of Namibia’s smallest protected areas.

West from Windhoek, one encounters the spectacular Gamsberg Mountain, which is transversed by several mountain passes linking the country’s interior to the Namib Desert. The lookout points from the summit of the Spreetshoogte, en route to both Solitaire and Sossusvlei, are amongst the most stunning landscape views of Namibia.

Visit the town of Rehoboth, famous for its hot springs and Oanob Dam. Cool down with a quick dip or enjoy a picnic on the shores of this famous tourist attraction, whichever tickles your fancy as you relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The Daan Viljoen Game Park, 24km west of Windhoek, offers visitors a variety of game and bird species that can be viewed and enjoyed, either on walks and hikes throughout the reserve or during a game drive.

West from Windhoek, enjoy the spectacular Gamsberg Mountain, which is transversed by several mountain passes linking the country’s interior to the Namib Desert. The lookout points from the summit of the Spreetshoogte, en route to both Solitaire and Sossusvlei, are amongst the most stunning landscape views of Namibia you will experience

Namibia’s coastal region (Erongo) offers travellers a range of entertainment and tourist attractions. It offers travellers a range of entertainment and tourist attractions and local folk offer advice and tips on making the most of this beautiful region.

The region is popular with boardsailing and water sports enthusiasts, while its giant dunes provide the perfect backdrop for adventure activities such as sandboarding, quad biking, and parasailing. In addition, the whale and dolphin cruises held in Walvis Bay harbour and surrounding waters are very popular with visitors to the region.

Major Attractions include Erongo Mountain Winery, Brandberg Mountains, Spitzkoppe, Cape Cross Seal Colony, National Marine Aquarium, The Walvis Bay Waterfront Development and lagoon as well as the Dune 7.

The Eastern region, (Omaheke and Otjozondjupa) is often understated yet offers visitors a variety of attractions and its natural beauty, stark landscapes and indigenous people make it worthwhile to visit. The Kalahari experience is the cherry on top. Major attractions includeKalahari Desert, The San Bushmen, Nyae Nyae Pans and Waterberg Plateau Park.

The Northern Region(Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto and Ohangwena) offers wildly contrasting landscapes, ranging from the arid sandy plains and rocky hills of the country’s Kaokoland region to the water-rich area in the east with some of Namibia’s best game viewings.

Here you can enjoy Ruacana Waterfalls, Uukwaludhi Traditional Village Homestead, Lake Otjikoto, Hoba Meteorite and Etosha National Park. Etosha remains one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, with the park’s white, chalky expanse and its waterholes creating the characteristic landscape, popular with wildlife enthusiasts worldwide.

The North-Eastern Region (Kavango East & West and Zambezi) is water-rich, with woodlands, wetlands, riverine forests, swamps, and rivers. It is a typical African landscape home to the Kavango and Zambezi regions and provides a paradise for visitors searching for a holiday rich in fauna and flora with an abundance of game and birdlife.

Its rich landscapes and panoramic views are a stark contrast to the wide-open dunes and landscapes found to the west of Namibia. Major attractions includeKavango and Zambezi Rivers,  Mashi Craft Centre, Popa Falls, Mbungura Woodcraft Co-operative and Rich Wildlife and Forestry.

The Southern Region(Hardap and Kharas) is dominated by wide open spaces, solitude and silence with an assortment of unique attractions including historical buildings, fossils, ghost towns and quiver tree forests.

The region’s main attraction has to be the breathtakingly Sossusvlei; a clay pan formed when the shifting sands of the Namib smothered the course of the Tsauchab River. It is best to visit early morning when the light catches the dunes and allows the opportunity to gather some bril- liant photographs. Major attractions includeAi-Ais hot water springs, The Fish River Canyon, Namib Naukluft (Sossusvlei), Sperrgebiet National Park (Diamond Area),  Warmbad Hot springs, Garas Quiver Tree Forest, War Memorial at Gochas and Kolmanskop (Ghost Town).

Getting to Namibia is easy by air and land and the most popular way of travelling through Namibia is by self-drive. There are scheduled tours in luxury coaches or microbuses, by train, fly- in safaris, off-the-beaten-track camping trips in 4×4 vehicles, specialised tailor-made tours, wilderness safaris, safaris on horseback, canoeing and white-river rafting.

Specialist tailor-made tours for bird-watchers, geologists, anglers, ethnologists, photographers and other specialist travellers are guided by experts in the respective fields. It is time to visit Namibia.

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