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Namibia

When it comes to natural marvels, Namibia is a nation that is vastly underappreciated. It features the tallest dunes in the world and the lowest canyon in the world. It has been dubbed the «destination of four nations» because of its four distinct landscapes. It is also the location of thrilling Namibia safaris that will assault the senses and make you realize how unique nature can be.

Every nation has its own unique and spectacular attractions. New Paths Expeditions has compiled a list of the Top 11 highlights in Namibia to enjoy during your stay in this region.

  1. Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, is the country’s social, economic, political, cultural center, and historical city; a visit here will transport you back in time. It is home to various colonial structures and landmarks, including the Heroes’ Acre, a military monument. This cemetery has approximately 175 tombs for Namibians to commemorate the past and aspire for a better future. On tour to Namibia, look for streets with names like Robert Mugabe Avenue and Fidel Castro Street, visit the Geological Survey Museum, the Railway Museum, the National Earth Sciences Museum, and the Independence Memorial Museum in Windhoek.
  2. Swakopmund is Namibia’s biggest seaside town and a favorite holiday destination for residents; a charming desert town with an old-world charm, complete with beautiful green lawns and palm palms. The magnificent ancient German Colonial structures that contrast with the neighboring Namib Desert outside the city show the city’s German roots very prominently. The Woermannhaus, a German half-timbered house with a 25-meter/80-foot tall tower (a national historic landmark built in 1905); the Swakopmund Jetty, which juts out 300 meters/980 feet into the sea and where you can have beautiful sunsets; and the Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht (built-in 1902), now the State House and the presidential residence.
  3. Sossusvlei, located in Africa’s most extensive conservation area, the Namib-Naukluft National Park, is the country’s most beautiful and well-known destination on a Namibia excursion, is attributed to the surrounding massive red dunes. The dunes are among the tallest in the world, reaching over 400 meters/1300 feet in height, and are breathtaking, particularly in the morning and sunset light. Sossusvlei is famous for its crimson, star-shaped dunes that compare with the stark white salt pan bottoms. Despite the severe desert environment, a diverse range of flora and animals have evolved to thrive. These include tiny reptiles and insects such as geckos and snakes and big animals like the Oryx, Namibia’s national emblem. The most famous dunes are the Elim Dune, Dune 45, and Big Daddy, the tallest dune. They are lovely, with orange and crimson hues, and are best viewed at dawn or sunset and can only be accessed by a 4WD vehicle.
  4. Etosha is a vast game park and one of the best locations in the world to see wildlife. There are many waterholes in Etosha where you may park right close to the animals, unlike other African parks where you must spend time searching for them. And watch lions (400+ exist here), elephants, giraffes, springboks, zebras, jackals, hyenas, black rhino (a big attraction), and much more, especially during the winter season. It is home to 114 different mammal species, 340 different bird species, and 16 different reptile species. The ideal times to go on a wildlife safari drive are early in the morning and late in the evening. Night drives with a guide on a Namibia safari are the most incredible way to observe lions hunting. Accommodation is available in three major camps, which overlook the watering holes and are floodlit at night.
  5. The Fish River Canyon is a breathtaking canyon that stretches for 160 kilometers/100 miles and is 27 kilometers/17 miles wide. The canyon follows a river’s sandy bed. In terms of size, it is only second to the Grand Canyon. The primary viewpoint is Hobas, where you may experience the canyon’s magnificent splendor while on a Namibia holiday. If you’re feeling brave, you can hike the 90-kilometer/56-mile Fish River Hiking Trail in five days. It is one of Southern Africa’s most popular hiking routes. The environment varies greatly, and you may come across animals wandering throughout the arid area. Because only 30 hikers are permitted in the canyon each day, you must schedule your trip well in advance. Another draw is the variety of rock formations.
  6. The Kalahari Desert is well-known. Namibia is an ideal location for seeing the world’s most giant dune. It is not entirely made of sand, though, since there is much flora, including trees and bushes. Spring brings with it a plethora of vibrant blooms. It is also the home of the world-famous San Bushmen, who live in the Bushveld.
  7. The Cape Cross Seal Reserve is the most well-known breeding and the world’s largest colony of Cape fur seals on the Namib coast. The cold Benguela current has a high concentration of fish, which the reserve’s seals use to their advantage. There may be up to 100,000 seals resting on the beach or in the waves. On the other hand, Seals are culled for various reasons, including selling their skins and protecting the fish supply. The breeding season is between October and November.
  8. The Skeleton Coast, which runs along the northern portion of the Atlantic Coast, is isolated and wild. The name derives from the high number of shipwrecks that have occurred here throughout the years. For hundreds of kilometers, there are enormous dunes that reach heights of 100 meters/300 feet. The shoreline is nearly entirely wild and deserted. It is the most untamed region on the African continent. Predatory creatures such as lions and hyenas have been seen looking for prey on the high seas.
  9. The Caprivi Strip is Namibia’s northern panhandle, and it is quite distinct from the rest of the nation. It is about 450 kilometers/280 miles in length and 32 kilometers/20 miles in width. It is a wildlife-rich area that serves as a corridor for animals to travel into and out of Botswana, Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The Caprivi Strip is home to many national parks, including Bwabwata National Park, Mudumu National Park, and Nkasa Rupara National Park. It gets a lot of rain; therefore, the foliage is lush, attracting many animals.
  10. The NamibRand Nature Reserve is Africa’s most extensive private nature reserve. It was created by a German-Namibian businessman who observed that the area had been totally out of ecological balance due to extensive pasture grazing and wanted to restore it to its natural condition as a nature reserve. There are no fences, and a diverse range of species, including vast herds of gemsboks, springboks, and zebras, as well as kudus, klipspringers, spotted hyenas, jackals, and Cape and bat-eared foxes, have been reintroduced to the reserve. The landscape is made up of dunes, arid grasslands, and untamed, lonely mountain ranges.
  11. Walvis Bay is a resort with great windsurfing and kayaking opportunities. On a Namibia excursion, you may also observe dolphins, seals, and fascinating seabirds.

Book a Namibia safari or trip now with New Paths Expeditions and discover a world of natural wonders!

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NAMIBIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Cape Cross Seal Reserve
  • The Skeleton Coast
  • The Caprivi Strip
  • The NamibRand Nature Reserve
  • Walvis Bay
  • Windhoek
  • Swakopmund 
  • Sossusvlei
  • Etosha 
  • The Fish River Canyon 
  • The Kalahari Desert

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Time and Weather

Namibia has a temperate climate all year, with warm to hot days alternated with chilly nights and mornings. There are two seasons: summer from November to April and winter from March to October. The winter is not frigid, although it is usually colder in the mornings and nights. Temperatures in the interior may reach 40 °C (104 °F) in January and February. The lowest temperature in winter ranges from 6-10 °C (42-50 °F), with daytime temperatures ranging from 18-22 °C (64-71 °F).

The chilly Benguela current helps to keep the coast cool and rain-free for most of the year. The bulk of rain occurs during the summer months in inland regions.

The best time to visit

You may visit Namibia at any time of year since it is generally dry and warm. Between December and March, there may be days with high humidity and a possibility of rain, mainly in the form of afternoon thunderstorms. At this time of year, the colors are at their most vivid.

The most fantastic time to see wildlife is during the dry season, which lasts from May to October. The animals abandon the waterholes during the rainy season.

In Etosha and the NamibRand Nature Reserve, July through October may be pretty crowded in peak season.

It may become chilly at night and early in the morning. Summers in some regions of the nation may be scorching.

Wildlife

Nature conservation is an essential aspect of everyday life in Namibia, and it is a priority for both the government and the local people. It was the first African nation to incorporate government protection in its constitution. Consequently, via community conservancies, communities are given the ability to manage the wildlife around them. When these conservancies were put in the hands of Namibians, they instilled a strong feeling of ownership in the people, encouraging them to utilize natural resources sustainably. It has also proven very helpful to the economy, with rural Namibians earning 42 million Namibian dollars in 2009 due to community-based natural resources.

Moreover, 40% of Namibia’s land area is devoted to conservation management. All included national parks and reserves, communal and commercial conservancies, community forests, and private nature reserves. Etosha National Park is the most well-known of Namibia’s ten national parks. Etosha is a 22,750-square-kilometer wildlife reserve that is world-renowned for its outstanding game viewing and public accessibility. It is home to herds of springbok, gemsbok, zebra, and blue wildebeest, as well as a few lions, cheetahs, and leopards.

Namibia has one of the world’s most diverse animal populations, despite its dry climate. Namibia is home to 676 bird species, 90 of which are Southern African (13 are Namibian). It also has 217 mammal species, with 26 of them being endemic. The «Big Five,» which include the lion, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, and leopard, may be found across the nation. The phrase «Big Five» was created by hunters to refer to the most challenging and hazardous creatures to hunt as well as the most sought-after trophies. Some individuals prefer to add the hippo, zebra, cheetah, and giraffe in their list of the «Big Nine.»

Namibia’s elephant population more than quadrupled from 7,500 to over 16,000 between 1995 and 2008. Elephants may be found in three distinct areas of the country: in Etosha National Park, in the Khaudrum and Caprivi regions, and in Kunene, where desert elephants (unique to Namibia and Mali) can be seen.

Namibia is home to both the black and white rhino species. The difference between the two species has nothing to do with their color. The white rhinoceros derives its name from the Afrikaans term ‘weit,’ which means ‘wide-mouthed,’ while black rhinoceroses have hook-lipped mouths. Conservation efforts for the endangered black rhino have been vigorous, culminating in relocating some rhinos from national parks to community conservancies.

Lions may be found in the central Kunene Region and Etosha, eastern Otjozondjupa, Kavango, and eastern Caprivi. Namibia is the only nation in the world with a growing population of free-roaming lions. It also boasts the most considerable number of free-roaming cheetahs, which may be found in the center and northern parts of the country. You may find the leopard all across the nation. Their remarkable capacity to adapt to change has enabled them to outlive any other big mammal on Africa’s growing continent.

The Skeleton Coast of Namibia is home to about twenty-three Cape Fur Seal populations. The National West Coast Tourist Recreation Area is home to over 100,000 seals, making it one of the world’s most significant seal reserves.

The fauna found in Namibia is highly varied, as shown by the list above. The country’s conservation efforts have resulted in a one-of-a-kind ecotourism destination perfect for any nature enthusiast.

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