Visit the Land of the Red Namib Desert

Namibia is a country of fascinating scenic beauty and is dominated by the Kalahari and Namib Deserts. From the massive dunes of the Sossusvlei area and the desolate stretches of beach along the Skeleton Coast, to Damaraland with its contrast of desert, deep canyons and high mountain ranges. Of course, there is the Etosha National Park which offers superb game viewing.

Namibia is one of the larger countries in Africa, and is endowed compelling beauty abundant sunshine and a feeling of unconfined space and captivating diversity, from its unique scenic attractions to great wildlife parks. A sense of freedom is generated by the wide horizons, the clear unpolluted skies and a population density which is among the lowest in the world. This feeling of tranquillity and stillness combines with a landscape which is singular in its colours, full of contrasts of light and shade.

In addition, the diversity of its people creates a rich blend of cultures and traditions. The population is composed of several different ethnic groups, including the San, the Khoi-Khoi, the Herero, and the Ovambo as well as the small European population, largely Germans and Afrikaners. The Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert and the Himba of Damaraland, have a fascinating culture that shuns the trappings of modern life we take for granted.

Stretching 1,000 miles along the Atlantic coast, Namibia’s spectacular landscapes, including the Sossusvlei Dunes, massive towering red sand mountains Fish River Canyon, second only to the Grand Canyon and famed Etosha Pan National Park, with vast herds of specially adapted animals and rare plants. The Atlantic coast of Namibia boasts the infamous shipwrecks along Skeleton Coast, the largest seal colony in the southern hemisphere at Cape Cross, and the refreshing resort of Walvis Bay.

A classic safari might include greeting sunrise on top of Africa's highest dunes and a wander through the Namib Desert a desert so old that unique plants and animals have evolved to survive here. It’s the only desert in Africa inhabited by elephant, rhino, giraffe, and lion. Then relax in a hot mineral spring at the bottom of the world's second deepest canyon. Watch lion stalk Etosha's huge herds of animals by day, then observe wild black rhino taking an evening drink at a floodlit waterhole. Meet a cheetah at close quarters, or stroll through a petrified forest amongst ancient rock paintings and dinosaur footprints.

t’s quite hot between December to February, but because of its high altitude, humidity is low and nights are pleasantly cooled by a light breeze. It does rain quite heavily in summer but the evaporation rate is extremely high so it does not stay damp for long. Winters can get very cold at night with some frost in low lying areas, but the days are warm, sunny and cloudless.

Namibia has a colourful and turbulent history. In the mid-19th century, German missionaries opened up the interior, paving the way for traders who came later. The annexation of the country by Germany in 1884 accounts for the distinctive German architecture and traditions. As a nation, however, Namibia is relatively young, having gained its independence after prolonged struggles only in March of 1990.

For all your Namibia trips, Bateleur Africa Tours and Travel would be delighted to assist you.