Namibia means different things to different people. But there's no doubt that the common thread through everyone's feelings is based on the awesome natural phenomenon of the country. The vast tracts of unpopulated land that stretch forever. The incredible Soussusvlei dunes. The ghostly coastline. The harshness. And of course, man's insignificance.
A land of history and mystery
With a land surface nearly four times the size of Great Britain, Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Africa with an
estimated population of just 1.7 million people.
This is a land of remarkable contrasts. From the spectacular Namib dunes at Sossusvlei to the teak woodlands and waterways in the north. From the Fish River Canyon descending into the depths of the desert to the top of a towering red Sossusvlei sand dune. From the ghost towns which haunt the countryside to the vast animal herds which roam the Etosha National Park plains.
A land that will be etched on your mind for ever
Space. Sky. Sun. Sand. More than you’ll know what to do with. So if you’ve ever dreamt of driving alone, dust billowing, across a moody desert a la movie-style, here’s your chance.
The searing desert heat dissolves at the coast as it meets the cold Benguela current which surges up northwards from the icebergs of the Antarctic. This plankton rich flow from the South attracts fish, seals and sea-birds and supports a healthy fishing industry based at Luderitz
Diamond discoveries around Luderitz in 1907 sparked a massive diamond rush that eventually resulted in the discovery of the source at Oranjemond at the mouth of the Orange River in early 1920’s. Today diamonds are still recovered from the sea in what is the largest sea-reclamation mining site in the world.
The diamond rush of 1907 resulted in the building of Kolmanskop, a ghost town that is gradually being devoured by encroaching sand.
Travelling through the Skeleton Coast National Park you’ll stumble over loneliness, and perhaps a skeleton of one of the ships or whales that have succumbed to the harshness of this infamous stretch of coastline.
Is this where Alice popped up after climbing down the rabbit hole?
Herds of desert elephants migrate along river valleys in the Northwest Kaokoveld while gemsbok and springbok roam the plains. But the greatest concentration of all is in the Etosha National Park - one of Africa's greatest parks.