When you think of Africa, it’s likely that a few defined images are conjured up in your mind. It could be the sprawling plains of the Masai Mara, the flooded wilderness of the Okavango Delta or even the dry expanse of the Sahara. But wedged in near the Southern end of the continent is a country that offers the quintessential African experience every traveller seeks – Namibia.
Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Pockets of civilisation are separated by vast stretches of open landscapes – and these can make for some truly spectacular scenery. Sand Dunes that are over five million years old and rival mountains in size are a common sight. As the sun shifts in the sky, these behemoths tend to shift their colours, from ruddy yellows to menacing reds – the perfect opportunity for some amazing captures.
Sunny All Year Round
Namibia experiences an impressive amount of sunlight all year round; it only experiences a few pockets of rain during the cool winter months. This means that bad weather will never hinder your plans to explore the country. There are several hotels in Namibia to choose from for accommodation as you do, with most being based in the capital city like the Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino.
As with most African countries, Namibia has a rich indigenous history. The San Bushmen are perhaps the most famous of the country’s tribes. Interacting with these people when trekking across the country can be quite a memorable experience – they may even reveal a few secrets on how to thrive in a land dominated by deserts.
Of course, no trip to Africa would be complete without seeing some of the continent’s famous wildlife – and Namibia doesn’t disappoint. Reserves like the Etosha National Park is a haven for rare animals like the white rhino and African leopard.