Over the past few weeks, we’ve given you an overview and told you where to go for your trip of a lifetime to Namibia. Now, to wrap up our series of posts about Namibia, here’s a checklist of the incredible sights that make this friendly Southern African nation such a terrific place to visit.
Take a Walk on the Wildlife Side
Without doubt, the number one reason to travel to Namibia is to see the preponderance of wild animals living in pristine wilderness areas. You’ll find more than you even hoped for on most safari drives in areas such as Etosha National Park, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (Namibia has the world’s highest concentration of Cheetahs), and at numerous top quality camps, lodges, game reserves, and national parks throughout the country.
Of particular Namibian note is the chance to spot specially adapted desert species of African game such as elephants, giraffes, and lions. The best areas for seeing these unique and resilient creatures are the Skeleton Coast and Damaraland.
Wonder at the Natural Wonders
Go for the wildlife, stay for the wide-open spaces. Namibia is the second least populated country in the world. Your elbows won’t know what to do with all the extra room! And if you plan your trip accordingly, you’re apt to encounter far more springbok, oryx, and even big game such as lions and elephants, during any given day than other humans.
Even without the awesome animal sightings, you’ll be blown away by what you see. Namibia is home to some of Earth’s biggest sand dunes—visit Sossusvlei and Swakopmund to see the biggest—as well as Fish River Canyon, the world’s second biggest canyon, and many more natural wonders and landmarks.
For a bit of cinematic inspiration, watch director George Miller’s 2015 Oscar Award winning hit Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. The epic movie was shot entirely on location in Namibia and features stunning cinematography, shot in some of the countries most scenic locations.
All that open land with so few people turning on their lights at night means that Namibia is a prime destination for stargazing with zero light pollution in much of the country. Whether you’re a trained astronomer or an utter amateur who just likes to look up and marvel at the stars, you’ll be dazzled by the nightly show seen overhead here. Even in the capital city of Windhoek you’ll be impressed with what’s twinkling above. But for the best bet for jaw-droppingly gorgeous views of the Milky Way and scores of constellations, head out into the Namib Desert!
An Arid Eden
You’ll be surprised by how much flora and fauna can flourish even in the seemingly inhospitable environments and extreme conditions of Namibia’s deserts and scrub land. And odds are you’ll be equally delighted by the warm welcome and kind hospitality you’ll receive from the people of Namibia. Admirers of wildlife, wilderness, and wild wonders would be wise to keep Namibia at the top of their bucket list.
Do you dream of booking the ultimate African safari? Is Namibia a must-see destination for you? Where’s the wildest place you’ve ever been? Let us know in the comments section below.