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...
Hiking Namibia’s Fish River Canyon
A multi-day hike through the world's second largest canyon is as challenging as it is unforgettable...
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.
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...
One of Namibia’s most recognisable landmarks, the 1728m-high Spitzkoppe rises mirage-like above the dusty pro-Namib plains of southern Damaraland. Its dramatic shape has inspired its nickname, the Matterhorn of Africa, but similarities between this ancient volcanic remnant and the glaciated Swiss alp begin and end with its sharp peak.
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.
Twyfelfontein & Around
Twyfelfontein (Doubtful Spring), at the head of the grassy Aba Huab Valley, is one of the most extensive rock-art galleries on the continent. In the ancient past, this perennial spring most likely attracted wildlife, creating a paradise for the hunters who eventually left their marks on the surrounding rocks.
Namibrand Nature Reserve
Bordering the Namib-Naukluft Park, this reserve (www.namibrand.org) is essentially a collection of private farms that together protect over 200,000 hectares of dunes, desert grasslands and wild, isolated mountain ranges. Currently, several concessionaires operate on the reserve, offering a range of experiences amid one of Namibia’s most stunning and colourful landscapes.
From Windhoek, the Khomas Hochland mountain range stretches west to form a scenic transition zone between the high central plateau and the Namib plains. En route to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, this scenic landform facilitates some truly pleasurable driving, though the real highlight awaits you on the coast.