This is the ideal destination for those in search of unforgettable scenery. The country boasts vast areas of complete wilderness – the red dunes of Sossusvlei, the interior of Damaraland and the Kunene River on Namibia's remote northern border with Angola are now drawing seasoned travellers looking for an African experience with a difference.
The highlights here are Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei but its landscapes are very diverse with the breathtaking Namib Desert - the oldest desert in the world - to the west and a vast escarpment forming a natural barrier between the Namib and the central highlands to the far east.
Travel northwest to one of the most hauntingly beautiful places on Earth, causing Portuguese sailors to call it the ‘Gates of Hell’. Namibia's Bushmen speak of the land God made in anger. From the air, the bleak shoreline of the Skeleton Coast is spectacular - a deep green sea, fringed with surf, breaks over a shore receding into infinite dunes. From land, it's a different story. The Benguela current rushes in, urgent and strong, hurtling the chilling Atlantic into the fierce heat of the Namib. Whale and seal skeletons from the former whaling industry still litter the coastline - the source of the region's frightening name. Humans have suffered too - the remains of ships wrecked on the hidden rocks offshore rust and crumble beside the animal bones.
Uniquely designed around the enigmatic shipwrecks that line Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, Shipwreck Lodge is a raw, rugged and impossibly remote slice of African wilderness, where towering dunes and wind-swept plains roll as far as the eye can see, buffeted by the icy Atlantic seas. Game drive in search of desert-dwelling fauna including desert lions and brown hyenas which patrol the coast; discover the enchanting desert flora (succulents and lichens); sit atop the dunes as the sun sinks below the horizon; spend the day beachcombing for whale bones and debris from centuries of shipwrecks; and marvel at the geologically-remarkable clay castles.
Moving futher north, touching Namibia's border with Angola, the remote and tranquil Serra Cafema is hidden within the enormous Hartmann Valley, overlooking the bubbling rapids of the Kunene River and yet surrounded by the lunar-like landscapes of the Namib Desert.
The area is famous for its desert-dwelling elephants and free-roaming black rhinos and other game found here includes kudu, giraffe, mountain zebra, oryx and springbok and there is even a small population of lions.
North of Damaraland is wild and more remote Kaokoland. The Hoanib is one of the twelve ephemeral seasonal rivers in western Namibia, an oasis supporting a relatively high wildlife population and is one of Namibia's last true wilderness areas and settlements of species such as desert elephant, desert lion, desert-adapted giraffe and black rhino, among others.
The area transforms into a lake in the rainy months, attracting large flocks of flamingos. Etosha also holds one of the largest population of black rhinos in the world, as well as healthy numbers of giraffe, zebra and many other big game species. We concentrate our safaris on the private game reserves that border Etosha for the ultimate experience combining exclusive day and night drives with half or full day trips into the park.
With the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls close by, one can seamlessly combine Namibia with a safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe or Zambia for the ultimate bush and desert experience. Cape Town also makes for an excellent pre or post desert extension with Windhoek only a two-hour flight away.
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