Why Namibia - What to expect
This desert occupies an area of about 95.000 km² and is one of the rare coastal deserts in the world, as it stretches for more than 2.000 km along the Atlantic coast. Since 2013, big parts of the desert belong to the UNESCO world heritage sites. A lot of animals and plants have adapted to the aridity and incredible heat.
Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan, which is surrounded by sand dunes and located in the southern part of the Namib Desert. Only in years blessed with a lot of rain, the pans get filled with water and form a lake. The surrounding orange sand dunes impress with their size and rank among the highest dunes in the world. Marvel at the highest dune here, which is 380 meters tall.
The Etosha National Park in the North of Namibia offers excellent wildlife observation. Especially in the dry season between June and November, the animals can easily be spotted flocking to the waterholes. Etosha National Park is also famous for its 4.760 km² salt pan. It is especially beautiful to see the picturesque contrast of colours when the pan is partly filled with water and a multitude of birds form the soundscape.
The city with the biggest German influence in Namibia has a lot of sights to offer, which can be traced back to the colonial history of this city with its 44.000 inhabitants. If you are looking for a contrast to the desert as well as the fascinating landscapes and animals, you can wonderfully observe and admire the inhabitants of the ocean during a boat trip, take a stroll through the shops or visit one of the cafés in this city.
Considering the size of the country, the National Parks and attractions are often very far apart. We therefore recommend saving time with fly-in safaris in small airplanes.
Have you already been to Namibia and are looking for something new and off the beaten track? Then we recommend a journey with emphasis on the Caprivi. This tropical paradise lies in the far north of the country and shows a ‘green Namibia’. Because this area has water in abundance, you could also enjoy a scenic boat ride here to observe the wildlife.
Did you know...,
there are more than 25 languages spoken in Namibia? The 7 official languages, apart from English and Afrikaans, are Oshiwambo, Otjiherero, Nama, Damara and German. Furthermore there are plenty of other African languages or dialects which are spoken by different cultural tribes. One of the most widely spoken languages is Afrikaans, which is also common in other Southern African countries. This language has its origins from Dutch, which is why Germans can usually understand it a little bit.
For a special experience of Namibia I recommend a privately guided tour, travelling through this impressive country in a comfortable Q7 accompanied by a highly professional local guide. In this way you receive first hand information, see a lot of the country and its people and at the same time enjoy a flexible, comfortable and safe transport. Should you feel the desire to enjoy a good Espresso in the midst of this beautiful landscape, then that could also be arranged with this mode of travel.
Namibia is the perfect country to combine with other countries in Southern African. Should you wish to combine the desert experience with lifestyle, culinary delights and selected wines, a subsequent stay in Cape Town and the surrounding Winelands lends itself perfectly.
Be inspired for your journey by our Best Moments Tour. We would gladly contact you to discuss your individual expectations and are looking forward to being your professional partner for the organisation of your travel arrangement to Africa.
|Official Name:||Republic of Namibia|
|Currency:||1 Namibian Dollar (NAD) = 100 cents; NAD is equivalent to ZAR|
|Total land surface:||824.292 km² (World rank 33), thereof 22% forests, 64% pasture land|
|Expansion:||West-East: 1.450 km, North-South: 1.300 km|
|Largest Cities:||Windhoek (125.000), Swakopmund (15.500), Rundu (15.000), Rehoboth (15.000), Keetmanshoop (14.000)|
|Climate:||The climate is significantly shaped by the influence of the trade winds and is mostly hot and dry. The average yearly rainfall in the Namib Desert is about 51 millimetres. In the interior of the country it advances from South (152 millimetres) to North (559 millimetres). The greatest rainfalls occur in summer (October until March). On the coastline the annual average temperature is 16,7 °C and in the interior of the country it is 21,1 °C.
Okonjima Villa is not only a luxury villa, but it is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, especially cheetah and leopard. A visit to Okonjima gives you an opportunity to witness some of the important work of AfriCat to protect the endangered species. Okonjima is located about halfway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park, slightly south of Otjiwarongo.
This grand African Villa is a perfect ‘ Home far away from Home’, which was completed in 2006. The exclusive villa can purely be booked on private basis and consists of 4 en-suite suites. All rooms have a king-size bed, air-conditioning and heating facilities, a roof fan, bath, as well as inside and outside shower, a glass-panelled door that can fold away to give panoramic views, a safe and wireless internet access.
The Main House also features a comfortable sitting area with a cosy fire place, a long dining table, a large terrace with an outside fire place, a sala as well as an infinity swimming pool overlooking a natural waterhole. Your personal chef creates gourmet masterpieces in the private kitchen of the villa. Okonjima Villa is the ideal base for a group of friends or a family and can accommodate a maximum of eight adults and four children. A personal host, chef, a private guide and safari vehicle are available at guest’s discretion.
A minimum stay of 3 nights is strongly recommended to get an idea of the AfriCat Foundation and to have the possibility to participate in some of the various activities. You have the chance of close encounters with cheetah and to learn more about these elegant and endangered predators. There are also leopard, wild dog, hyena, lion as well as kudu, giraffe, zebra, oryx and many other species on the approx. 20.000 ha nature reserve, which can be observed. Very interesting is the visit of the AfriCat Veterinary Clinic as well as informative bushman trails. All in all, you can obtain wonderful and at the same time sustainable safari experiences on Okonjima, which for sure also remain in your memory for a long time. You certainly also have time to relax in complete privacy at your suite or on the terrace with your private pool and sun chairs. All this takes place in the middle of this beautiful savannah bushveld and the mountain chain in the backdrop.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Mushara Outpost is situated approx. 10 km east of the ‘Von Lindequist’ entrance gate on the eastern side of the Etosha National Park.
This beautiful safari camp offers 8 tents with structures of wood and canvas, each with en-suite bathroom nestling along the banks of an ancient dry river bed. Each tent is set on a wooden deck, a meter and a half above the ground, giving a different perspective of the bush. A large glass sliding door leads into the tent and all windows and doors are covered with fly-screen. For the very warm afternoons, air conditioning adds an extra level of comfort. The furnishing of the tent is minimal, comfortable and has a light feel to it.
On the early morning and late afternoon game drives, guests experience a fascinating perspective of wildlife in the famous Etosha National Park. All game drives take place in an open safari vehicle with a professional guide, who gladly shares his or her knowledge with the guests. Should you be booked on a self drive programme, we still recommend you book at least one or two guided game drives in addition, in order to actually experience a proper safari with professional input on the animals and sceneries.
The traditional fire place creates the perfect safari atmosphere each and every evening under the star studded sky of Africa. Meals are carefully prepared and a motivated team is looking after you to ensure your well-being. Simply enjoy the warm ‘team spirit’ that is present at Mushara all the time. A swimming pool and a boutique complete the facilities of the lodge.
NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia
Wolwedans Boulders Camp is located in the unique landscape of the very southern part of the NamibRand Nature Reserve.
Accommodation is provided in 4 tents, which are all comfortably equipped to form this little paradise off the beaten track. Spacious chalets built of canvas and wood offer a bedroom and across the private terrace the bathroom is located. Each chalet is offering an amazing view.
Accompanied by experienced guides, visitors are introduced to the many facets of the NamibRand Nature Reserve and its desert habitat with its diverse fauna and flora, on foot, by car or from the air. The scenic drives in open vehicles and nature walks with resident field guides reveal the fascinating wonders of the desert, as do picnics in the wild, sundowners on the boulders and dinners by candlelight.
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