Namibia, a large, sparsely populated country located on the Atlantic coast in southern Africa, is a place like no other on our planet. It is a remote land of wide-open spaces, vibrant colors, and spectacular contrasts. Much of this country consists of dry landscapes that offer magnificent scenery and a look at southern Africa from an entirely new perspective. Purple mountain ranges embrace golden seas of grassy savannah in the northwest. This is the land where the nomadic, pastoral Himba roam. The Skeleton Coast, named as such because of the many ghostly shipwrecks that can be found here, is a mysterious and isolated region where the pounding ocean meets the vast desert silence. Just south is Damaraland, home to many wonders including ancient petrified forests and the elusive desert-dwelling elephants. Within this region there is a place called Twyfelfontein, where there are approximately 2500 Stone Age petroglyphs. Twyfelfontein has such a high concentration of these rock engravings that it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In Namibia you will also find Etosha National Park, the third largest in Africa. Etosha has been recognized as one of the best game viewing areas in all of Africa. Its main attraction is the so-called “Etosha Pan,” an 80-mile salt pan that represents the remains of a large lake that used to fill the area. Here there are scattered waterholes that attract congregations of wildlife, particularly in the dry season from May to September. Elephants, giraffes, rare Black Rhinoceroses, prides of lions, leopards, and so much more all roam these lands in search of water. In the northeast corner, stretching out between Angola and Botswana to Victoria Falls, is the Caprivi Strip, a tropical region where remote, exquisite game parks are interspersed by three major rivers: the Kwando, the Okavango, and the Zambezi. These parks, located just north of Botswana, are adjacent to the famous Okavango Delta and share its beauty and abundance of wildlife.
Further south in Sossusvlei, an area in the Namib Desert, which is believed to be one of the oldest deserts in the world, there are sand dunes that stand over 1000 feet tall. At Giant's Playground huge chunks of dolerite are stacked on top of each other. In the south you will also find Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world, known as “Africa’s Grand Canyon.”
Namibia has more to offer than wildlife and scenic landscapes. It is home to a variety of different people groups including the Ovambo, the Kavango, and various other groups such as the Herero, Damara, Himba, and the Nama. There is also a large Caucasian population here, mostly of German origin. The predominant languages are Afrikaans, German and English. Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is located in the central plateau and is a blend of former German influence and modern Namibian society. Here is where it is possible to escape the desert heat and immerse yourself in Namibian society.
Namibia is a county full of great geological wonders, culture, and unique biodiversity. It is one of Africa’s hidden gems and has only recently been gaining popularity with tourists. Unfortunately, the one factor that continues to inhibit mass tourism is the fact that much of Namibia's incredible beauty is largely inaccessible via normal means of transportation. It takes careful planning, months of preparation, and tough off-road vehicles manned by experienced drivers to really explore this remote corner of Africa. Therefore it is a rare travel opportunity to find a company that offers such exclusive journeys into the deep reaches of Namibia. At Lark Tours, we offer such trips. They once in a lifetime expeditions and adventures that will not be soon forgotten.
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