About Namibia Travel
Damaraland: This UNESCO World Heritage Site has thousands of rock engravings and some early paintings. It is home to desert-adapted elephant and rhino. Damaraland was a name given to the north central region of Namibia, inhabited by the Damara people. It, like other homelands in South West Africa, was abolished in 1989 at the start of the transition to independence.
Etosha National Park: The famous park was established in 1907, when Namibia was the German colony South West Africa. A vast saltpan spreads over its heart that is surrounded by grass and thorn savanna, mopane bush in the west, and dry forest in the northeast. In the Kunene region in the northwest, Etosha Pan dominates the park. The hyper-saline conditions of the pan limit the species that can permanently inhabit the pan itself. Usually dry, it fills with water briefly in the summer, attracting pelicans and flamingos in particular. Perennial springs serve wildlife throughout the year, including the endangered black rhino and black-faced Impala.
The Fish River Canyon: In the south, Fish River features sharply towering rock faces and steep ravines that were formed by water erosion and the shifting earth’s crust over 500 million years ago. Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia. It cuts deep into a dry, stony plateau. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer. Most of the remainder of the year, the river becomes a chain of long narrow pools with rocky beds. Part of the canyon straddles the border between South Africa and Namibia. The canyon features many popular hiking routes.
Serra Cafema: Set in the dry Namib Desert, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote destinations in Africa. In the extreme northwest of Namibia, it is reached only by air. A small camp overlooks the Kunene River, with just eight canvas-and-thatch chalets. The river is the only permanent source of water. This is one of the driest desert environments in the world. Oryx, springbok, ostrich and Kunene crocodiles live here. Ovahimba families are some of the last semi-nomadic peoples in Africa.
Skeleton Coast: Near the Angola border, the Bushman named this “The Land God Made in Anger.” Skeleton Coast National Park is an inhospitable but hauntingly beautiful place with terrain encompassing towering canyons, giant dunes, windswept plains and saltpans. Freshwater springs percolate down through barren sands creating pockets that sustain desert elephant, gemsbok and brown hyena. This is also the homeland of the Himba people. Charter flights are recommended to explore this area.
Sossusvlei Dunes: The Namib Desert stretches from the Orange River in the south into Angola in the north. A dry riverbed only comes to life in years of exceptionally heavy rainfall, and provides just enough water to support the specially-adapted animals such as Oryx, jackal, springbok, ostrich, spotted hyena and several species of plants. During the flood season, migratory birds appear along the marshes and rivers. Much of the Sossusvlei and Namib fauna is highly adapted to this landscape. The soaring red sand dunes are the highest in the world; many above 200 meters/656 feet. The ighest one s some 380 meters/1,247 feet high.
Suggested Namibia Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Johannesburg, South Africa/Windhoek, Namibia
Windhoek is Namibia’s capital and largest city.
Day 2: Windhoek/Namib Desert/Sossusvlei Dunes
These soaring red sand dunes are among the highest in the world.
Day 3: Sossusvlei Dunes
While some animals and birds thrive here, the dunes are renowned for its physical beauty rather than game viewing.
Day 4: Sossusvlei Dunes/Swakopmund/Damaraland
This UNESCO World Heritage Site has thousands of engravings and some early paintings.
Day 5: Damaraland
Damaraland’s prehistoric rock paintings stand as testament to the stone-age artists who created them.
Day 6: Damaraland/Etosha National Park
Etosha is a significant wildlife sanctuary of almost 220,148 square kilometers/85,000 square miles.
Day 7: Etosha National Park
Scattered life-sustaining water holes support some of Africa’s large animals including lion, rhino, giraffe, zebra, elephant and large herds of springbok.
Day 8: Etosha National Park/Windhoek/Johannesburg/Depart
Custom Travel Options
Fish River Canyon (3 days)
This popular hiking area features a massive ravine about 160 kilometers/100 miles long, up to 27 kilometers/17 miles wide and, in places, almost 550 meters/1,806 feet deep.
Serra Cafema (3 days)
In the extreme northwest of Namibia, Serra Cafema Camp is one of the most remote camps in all of Southern Africa.
Skeleton Coast (4 days)
The Skeleton Coast gained its daunting name for bleached whale and seal bones and more than 1,000 shipwrecks. Charter flights are recommended to explore this area.
Land price, per person, double occupancy: Approx. $750 - $1,200 per day.