straddles the Namib and Kalahari deserts. This is a country
of startling contrasts wedged between desert and the cold
South Atlantic. Despite the harsh climate, Namibia has some
of the world’s most magical landscapes and boasts
some of Africa’s finest and most diverse national
parks as well as a rich cultural heritage. The scenery is
so far removed from what we normally see and feel in our
everyday lives that it simply fills one with awe.
The Skeleton Coast Park and the Namib Naukluft
Park both border the Atlantic Ocean and the shores are stunning
both from the air and on the ground. Seals in their many
thousands colonize lonely beachheads, the bleached skeletons
of whales and the ghostly rusting hulks of beached ships
emerge from the sands.
The Kaokoveld and Kuene tracts in the north
west are home to the nomadic Himba tribe, who migrate with
their animals in search of grazing and water. They are a
culturally fascinating people and it is an honour to spend
time with them and see first-hand how they live.
There is good game in some areas; of
particular interest are the amazing desert adapted animals,
including elephant and, if you are very lucky, rhino. Game
is not to be found in the vast numbers that inhabit other
countries in Africa and we feel, therefore, that a visit
to Namibia combined with a trip to its game rich neighbour,
Botswana, works especially well.
Want to read up on Namibia before you go?
Lowis & Leakey and Longitude Books have partnered to create
lists of classic, new and hard-to-find books and maps to help
you get the most out of your adventure. Click
here for suggested reading on Namibia. See more photos of a Namibia safari here.
Credit and thanks for
the images included here goes to Ninian Lowis.