Due to Namibia’s southwestern position on the African continent, the overall absence of moisture makes for an arid country.
From central Namibia, Windhoek, the southerly road takes us to the arid landscapes and widely spaced towns towards the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari Desert is in actual fact a fossil desert as it receives more rain than a true desert such as the Namib Desert does.
Highlights of the southern region include historic attractions, landscape curiosities, geological phenomenons and spectacular photographic opportunities.
North-East of Keetmanshoop are curiosities such as the the Mesosaurus Fossil Site, Quiver Tree dolerite park and the dolerite hills called Giant’s playground that attract tourists to the area.
The volcanic crater of Brukkaros: Rising to 650m and with a classic volcano shape Brukkaros towers over the surrounding flat plains.
The Quiver tree Forest: These dense stand of tree-aloes make for beautiful photographs and there are few places where so many are seen together. Its name stems from the supposed use by Bushmen to make quivers for their arrows.
Fish River Canyon: One of Africa’s least visited wonders is the almost 550m at its deepest and 27 km wide Fish River Canyon is probably second in size only to Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Capturing the depths of the canyon on camera is a true magic moment. As the second largest canyon on the African continent it is a highlight and geological phenomenon.
Trapped between two deserts, the Namib in the west and the Kalahari in the east Namibia’s arid southern regions are fascinating. A dramatic drive passing amazing landscapes takes us further south to Lüderitz. The town is bursting with character but usually sleepy and laid back. Least known is this area to tourists but are now being rediscovered. Perhaps the world’s only desert dwelling horses are thriving in this area.
Excursions from Lüderitz:
Lüderitz Peninsula: surrounded by a sea on three sides yet a desert within. Most interesting parts of the Peninsula are the Second Lagoon with visiting flamingos, Griffith Bay with views the town across the misty sea, Diaz Point commemorating Bartholomew Diaz, the first European explorer to enter the bay, Halifax Island with its large penguin colony, the rocky bay of Essy, Eberlanz Höhle, a cave into rock with a visitor’s book inside the cave, a sandy beach Kleiner Fjord containing a lot of kelp and the wide dark sand beach of Gross Bucht.
Agate Beach: An unusual beach area sprinkled with the occurrence of agate depending on the winds and the swell.
The ghost town of Kolmanskop was abandoned almost 100 years ago. Dunes now gradually bury the buildings that were left deserted and now give a fascinating insight into the area’s great diamond boom.
To the South of Lüderitz lays the restricted diamond area, the Sperrgebied (the trip needs a special permit and must be booked well in advance).
The small town of Maltahöhe is too far from the desert to be a major tourist centre but 72 km southwest stands the sandstone fortress of Duwisib Castle amidst the Namibian bush.
The Namib-Naukluft Park is Namibia’s most versatile conservation area , with its top attraction being Sossusvlei. The Sossusvlei area is probably the part of the Namib Desert that photographers love to visit the most. This is one of the most picturesque areas and definitely the spot where postcard pictures can be taken. The highest sand dunes in the world are found hereEqually beautiful is the Solitaire area that often has the diversity of dunes on one side and mountains on the other.
This explanation of Namibia was briefly touching upon the main attractions and could give you an idea of what is available. We are able to guide and assist in planning a trip according to your needs to make your holiday unique and one to cherish forever. You’ll find that the trouble with Africa is that it captures one in such a way that you’ll always want to return and discover new secrets.