Namibia is home to some of the most stunning landscape in Africa. With only two million people, Namibia is the second least densely populated countries in the world, which makes it perfect for seeing its unspoiled natural beauty. This also makes it feel like there’s no one there, especially if you travel during low season (summer), like I did.
Namibia was originally colonized by the Germans, so there’s still a lot of German influence despite the brief South African takeover after WWII. South Africa’s influence has caused Namibia to be very similar to South Africa- English and Afrikaans are spoken, you can drink the tap water in the cities and you can use the South African rand interchangeably with the Namibian dollar. And, like South Africa, Namibia has also suffered from apartheid.
Here is a taste of what Namibia has to offer:
Dune 45 – The Namib Desert is one of the oldest deserts in the world and it has some of the highest sand dunes in the world. The towering sand dunes change colour as the sun rises and sets. Get up early to climb Dune 45 and watch the sunrise. It’s not that high up, but keep in mind that climbing sand is not easy and it’ll take longer than you’d expect. When you’re done, run down as fast as you can! Or roll down 🙂 But no matter what you do, you will find sand in everything you own for weeks after leaving Namibia
Orange River – On the border of South Africa.
Etosha National Park – The safaris in Etosha were very successful. Since it’s so dry and barren in Etosha, the animals are more aggressive than usual because it’s a struggle to get food and water.
Zebras and wildebeest – The two are often seen together. They made friends in order to try avoid lion attacks.Lions – Everyone’s favorite. I was on safari during their mating season, during which lions mate 75x per day, only lasting 3 seconds each time.Elephants are always so much fun to watch
GiraffesRare white rhinoEtosha, where “there are more Springbok than there are stars in the Milky Way” said a guy on my safari. This may not be derived from fact, but I’m willing to bet that it’s true. You’ll get really tired of seeing antelope really quick. Sunset on Etosha
Skydiving in Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. See more on my skydiving experience here.