Ten Places to Visit in Namibia
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Namibia is a beautiful place to visit; its scarce population coupled with its arid climate make it one of the most adventurous and perfect visiting spots in the world. Namibia is inviting and easy to travel to but just not the right place to get lost. It’s a top destination for men and beings who enjoy nature, grandiose landscapes, spectacular golden/grey dunes contrasts, and a perfect club class wildlife viewing.
Here are the top 10 picks for your next trip to Namibia.
Our first pick is Kolmanskop. Primarily a ghost town, located a few kilometers inland from the port town of Lüderitz, Kolmanskop is a hub for Germans and represents typical German architecture. Many Germans settled in this area after explorers found diamonds in 1908; driven by this enormous wealth of the first diamond Miners, the residents and locals built Kolmanskop in the architecture of a German Town. Amenities and institutions, including a hospital, schools, casinos, ballroom, and the first tram in Africa, are available here.
The town’s glory declined when the diamond fields were exhausted, after which the city was eventually abandoned in 1954. The fantastic desert means that tourists now walk through houses of knee-deep sand. It’s a place worth visiting, one that will most definitely take your breath away.
Kolmanskop is a perfect fictional town, just one in reality’s universe.
Located towards the north-western side of Namibia, Twyfelfontein has one of the largest concentrations of rock engravings in Africa. Most of these carvings were carved over 6,000 years ago by long-gone ancient Bushmen. These carvings were made by cutting carefully through the very hard surface of the sandstone. They represent animals such as rhinoceroses, elephants, ostriches and giraffes, and some other depictions of human and animal footprints.
The “Matterhorn of Namibia”, the beautiful Spitzkoppe, is a group of bald granite peaks in the Namibian desert. The highest peaks stand out about 700 meters (2,300 ft) above the flat desert floor. The enormous granite massif was created by the sudden collapse of a gigantic volcano more than 100 million years ago, and the subsequent erosion exposed the volcanic rock. The attractions include the many bizarre rock formations towards the south and several unique San (Bushman) paintings found in various places.
The Swakopmund will probably stay Namibia’s biggest coastal town and a trendy beach resort for the Namibians on holiday.
The city has German origins, which are quite well pronounced in the beautiful old German Colonial buildings throughout the city, creating a juxtaposition of stark contrast with the Namib Desert at the edge of town. The close and nearby dunes provide several activities such as sandboarding, horse riding, and quad biking, while the beaches of Swakopmund provide plenty of surf and sand. Swakopmund is a beautiful place to visit, especially for its contrasting color scheme.
An area situated about 120km north of Swakopmund, the Cape Cross is home to one of the world’s largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals. The surrounding area was proclaimed as a reserve in 1968 to protect the biggest and best known of the 23 colonies of Cape Fur Seals which have been and continue to breed along the coast of South Africa and Namibia. Furthermore, during the November / December breeding season, about 150,000 seals gather at Cape Cross. The name specifically refers to the vast stone cross erected by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century.
Located in the heart of the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei is a beautiful enormous clay pan surrounded by gigantic, red multifarious dunes. The Tsauchab River also flows through the desert, and the few times it floods, its rare flooding waters the vegetation that survives in the clay soil. During the sunrise and sunset, the colors of these dunes are and keep on constantly changing to provide an opportunity for photographers and sight seekers. The fierce desert winds continually alter and modify the shape and texture of the dunes. This beautifully provides a unique, ever-changing desert landscape.
Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia is the second only grandeur to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It is stunning and magnificent and breathtaking in its immensity. The canyon features a grand gigantic ravine, in total, about something around 160km (100 miles) long. It is also up to a 27 km wide moment in length and places almost 550 meters deep. As a result, the Fish River is being dammed, and it only contains a tiny amount of running water.
Etosha National Park
The one and only Etosha National Park are centered on the vast Etosha salt pan. The same pan is usually very dry and only fills with water shortly and briefly in the summer. It is enough to stimulate the organic growth of blue-green algae, which lures in thousands of flamingos to the Park. Most of the wildlife, herds of zebra, wildebeest and antelopes, can be sported around the waterholes that border the pan.
Etosha is also well served by three well established rest camps and offers a great self-drive safari experience.
The Skeleton Coast is towards the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia. Very Dense fogs, mighty and scary storms and very violent surfs. These have caused many ships in the past to run aground along the Skeleton Coast and the desolate. The coastline has become known as the world’s most giant ship graveyard. Some survivors of shipwrecks would manage to swim through the heavy surf and reach the coast, and they would still have to face the waterless and hostile coastal desert due to the terrain. The coast north of Terrace Bay is dominated by high dunes. It is a beautiful stretch of the Skeleton Coast.
Namibia Craft Centre
Namibia Craft Centre; a place where you can see the country’s rich craft heritage and a place to experience some bits of history. You may also go through the very closely knit and beautiful cultural craft of the country, Namibia.
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