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The Skeleton Coast and more
Ready for adventure with one of our Namibia tours? From the Namib Desert that runs the length of the country to the Central Plateau divided between rugged mountain ranges and sand-filled valleys and the vast Kalahari Desert, a private Namibia tour is ideal for the intrepid traveler.
For a predominantly arid country, Namibia boasts one of the greatest and most unique wildlife populations in the world. In the Etosha National Park, huge herds of Springbok, gemsbok, zebra, lion, cheetah and the elusive leopard, gather at waterholes and are spotted easily against the stark white background of the immense salt pans. Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast represents one of the largest seal reserves in the world.
Namibia tours offer a unique insight into various cultures – at least 11 major ethnic groups that can be witnessed in dress, language, art, music and food, creating a diversely beautiful collage.
The climate in Namibia is distinguished separately within its vast landscapes – from the deserts in the west and east, to the fertile north. The Namib Desert is particularly dry, and the Kalahari Desert rains a bit more. The daily temperatures vary from 25°C to 33°C. At night, on the other hand, it can be really cold, especially in winter between May and September. Within a few hours, temperatures drop by more than 20°C.
The Atlantic Coast, on the other hand, is cool in the summer due to the cold Atlantic Ocean, and is often cold, even in winter. Fog gives the already surrealistic skeletal coast a ghostly flair. The Caprivi Strip is the most precipitous area in Namibia, and is a location where you can visit jungle areas during your Namibia vacation. In Central Namibia, on the other hand, it is warm during the day, and cool at night. The weather here is determined by the altitude (1000-1600m).
The best travel time for Namibia travel depends on the region and what you want to do during your trip to Namibia.
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Top 10 Attractions, Activities and Highlights of Namibia
1. The incredibly surreal Skeleton Coast is considered to be the largest ship cemetery in the world (hence its name). The secluded and deserted coastline is one of the oldest landscape formations on earth.
2. Over 130 million years old, the now inactive Erongo Volcano provides overwhelming views of the surrounding landscape, where spectacular granite rocks rise into the sky.
3. The Namib Sand Sea is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of only a few coastal deserts in the world. Here you will find huge sand dunes and the barren beauty of endless deserts.
4. During a safari in Etosha National Park, you will experience more than 100 species of mammals: wild boars, elephants, wildebeest, zebras, buffaloes and the rare black rhino. Another attraction is the famous Etosha Salt Pans.
5. Head to the Waterberg Plateau for a safari where you will encounter rhinos, giraffes, antelopes, jackals, cheetahs and leopards. There are also over 200 bird species who have made this lush green conservation area their home.
6. The former German colony of Swakopmundhas become one of the most popular resorts in Namibia today. No wonder: palm-lined promenades and generous gardens make this place a green oasis in Namibia’s desert landscape.
7. Unforgettable travel experience: Watch the sun rise over 300 meter high dunes. Around Sossusvlei, a mudflat in the Namib Desert, you will find some of the highest sand dunes in the world.
8. The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world and is crossed by a river. You can enjoy spectacular views during a hike through this barren, dry landscape.
9. Top Tip for Namibia Cultural Tours: Namibia has one of the most tranquil and tranquil capital cities in the world. Stroll along the Independence Avenue in Windhoek, where you will find charming colonial buildings and cozy street cafes.
10. Try a mokoro safari! Head out on a small traditional boat and experience the animal kingdom of Namibia from the water. The best place to do this is in Caprivi, Namibia’s wateriest region.
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Did you know that Namibia was once known as the German South West Africa? This was the name given when Namibia was colonized by Germany in the late 19th century. Germany was keen to hunt elephants that lived on the land for their ivory.
During colonization, disagreements occurred between two ethnic groups, the Namas and the Hereros. The Schutztruppes, a German protective force, were brought into the country to calm the conflict. Large numbers of indigenous people were killed during this time. Diamonds were discovered in Namibia in 1908, which caused further unrest in the country and caused Namibia to end up in martial law until 1919. As mandated by the League of Nations, the Union of South Africa took over Namibia’s administration until the United Nations (UN) was formed, and the country went into UN Trusteeship.
Namibia gained independence in 1990. Dr Sam Nujoma was the first president of the country. Despite being home to a vast desert, the country has much to offer, and Namibia tours have greatly helped the economy.
You will notice a strong German cultural influence during your Namibia tours, from the architecture to the language, food and entertainment. Even so, the majority of Namibia are part of the Bantu ethnic group, which includes the Ovambo and Herero communities who make up modern Namibia.
Another part of the population are Khoisan, who include the San, the Nama and the Damara peoples. You can still see San and Himba peoples living very traditional, nomadic lives in more remote and wild areas of Namibia, such as Tsumkwe and Kaokoveld.
During one of our Namibiavacations you might witness the popular drumming culture and traditional dances during the country’s festivals and celebrations, accompanied by horn trumpets, gourds, marimbas, strings and flutes. German choral music also has been adopted in the country.
English is the official language of Namibia, yet the most popular language spoken is Afrikaans. Most Namibian people speak their tribal languages. German is also spoken.
The traditional hunter-gatherer people in Namibia lived off fruits, nuts and bulbs and it is understandable why as Namibia is home to some wonderfully unique and seasonal ingredients! During one of our private Namibia tours, try the Swakopmund green asparagus from September to April, the Kalahari Truffles in May/June, and Omajowa, large fleshy mushrooms that grow after the February rains. You can also enjoy Luderitz Oysters all year around.
Outdoor cooking and the Braaivleis (meat barbeque) is part of the Namibian culture! Popular meats include beef, lamb, ostrich, springbok and gemsbok, but you can also develop your taste buds for bird and crocodile meat during one of our Namibia vacations. Seafood, including Rock Lobster and the southern African fish, Kabeljou, can also be enjoyed.
Don’t forget to try:
Potjiekos: a spicy chicken/fish stew that is cooked in a cast iron, three-legged pot over coals.
Brötchen: filled crisp bread rolls, usually with cheese, meat or salad.
Landjäger: a traditional German sausage snack of smoked pork and beef.
Biltong: spiced dried meat.
Droewors/Boerewors: spicy dried sausage.
Wiener schnitzel: thinly cut veal that has been breaded and deep fried and a typical German settler dish
Harslag/Pluck: a dish made up of the heart, lungs, livers and kidneys of animals, cooked with potato and onions in a sweet and sour sauce, or with cinnamon, chillies and cloves.
Afval: tripe (offal), usually prepared as a curry.
Mopane worms: not for weak stomachs, these fried caterpillars are considered a delicacy.
Kapana: barbequed red meat, usually served with peppers, onions and sauce, sold streetside.
Top Namibia Travel Tips – Cuisine:
Taste the world-renowned Windhoek Beer! Brewed from malted barley and hops, it is manufactured in strict compliance with German Purity Law, Reinheitsegebot.
As you travel in Namibia, don’t miss Springer chocolates, a famous and delicious brand from Windhoek.
The Enchanting Travels team is happy to help you plan unique private and tailor-made Namibia tours.