Places in Namibia
This treacherous coast – a foggy region with rocky and sandy coastal shallows – has long been a graveyard for unwary ships and their crews, hence its forbidding name. Early Portuguese sailors called it As Areias do Inferno (The Sands of Hell), as once a ship washed ashore, the fate of the crew was sealed.
Before travelling to Lüderitz, pause for a moment to study the country map, and you’ll realise the fact that the town is sandwiched between the barren Namib Desert and the windswept South Atlantic coast. As if Lüderitz’s wholly unique geographical setting wasn’t impressive enough, its surreal German art nouveau architecture will seal the deal.
Moving inland from the dunes and plains of the bleak Skeleton Coast, the terrain gradually rises through wild desert mountains towards the scrubby plateaus of central Namibia. Damaraland, which occupies much of this transition zone, is laced with springs and ephemeral rivers that provide streaks of greenery and moisture for wildlife, people and livestock.
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Safari wildlife of Namibia: Africa's greatest conservation success
Namibia’s enthralling desert landscapes may exude an unmerciful harshness, but they are rich in wildlife and now shelter growing or stable populations of Africa’s most iconic safari species...
Self-drive safaris in Namibia
Getting behind the wheel and setting out on the open roads of Africa on a self-drive safari is an incredibly romantic notion for many people, and there is no better place to start than in Namibia...
Desert playground: Namibia's wildest activities
It's not necessary to be active to be enthralled by Namibia, and that's helpful, because the beauty of its desert scenery, wildlife and national parks tends to stop most people in their tracks...
Life as you've never known it: Namibia's most exotic creatures
The Namib Desert’s beauty can be overwhelming, but so can its unforgiving climate...