The land of many faces

A classic African safari is the ultimate addition to any traveler’s bucket list for outdoor enthusiasts, animal lovers, and adventurous thrill-seekers everywhere. Smart travelers forgo South Africa’s excursions and head directly for the Republic of Namibia. It shares land borders with Zambia, Botswana, Angola, and South Africa and encompasses a large part of the continent’s southwest coast. It is located between the Kunene River in the north and the Orange River in the south.

The untamed, windswept landscapes of Namibia are spectacular and dramatic—almost surreal. Its backdrop can change from a dune-strewn desert to an emerald paradise in a matter of seconds, cunningly hiding herds of munching elephants and troops of boisterous baboons. It is common to discover expansive meadows abruptly broken off by rocky structures joined by sandstone and blackened volcanic basalt layers. Unquestionably, Namibia has earned the moniker “the land of many faces.”

The weather in this region is as erratic as the surroundings. In the dry season, temperatures can drop below 10 degrees celsius after sunset but can reach over 37 degrees celsius during the summer days. Even though Namibia is only home to 2.6 million people, there is a wide variety of desert-adapted species to be found throughout. There are various outdoor pursuits, from gentle adventure (such river cruising and bird viewing) to intense (like rock climbing and cave diving). It goes without saying that the sum of all these influences continues to entice affluent tourists looking for the unexpected and extraordinary.

A very unique and diverse country

Climb the tallest dune system on earth. Reach the bottom of the deepest canyon in Africa by descending. Experience the past at one of Africa’s richest rock art locations while observing wildlife shimmer against one of the world’s most breathtaking pans. Take some time to listen to the solitude and your soul as you explore the oldest and driest desert on earth. In Namibia, there are thriving cities where residents are committed to preserving their rich cultural heritage while also looking forward to the future.

Namibia is a country with endless options and diversity, from its landscape and people to its culture and wildlife. It is made up of seven cluster areas, some of which have subregions. Namibia continues to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world, offering visitors a broad selection of activities and adventures to enjoy while they are in the land of contrasts, despite the variation in its offers throughout the many regions.

You can count on an unmatched vacation no matter which place catches your attention. Even though you will leave Namibia after your vacation, Namibia will never leave you since it charms its way into your spirit. It’s likely that you’ll come back to this place of limitless horizons to discover its secrets.

Namibia has the ability to win your heart, luring you with its historic landscapes, the utter calm of its nighttime lights, and more. Watch it turn golden as the sun’s final rays fade away to make way for a night sky filled with hundreds of sparkling stars. It’s understandable why more than half of all visitors come back time and time again to this intriguing location. Who could resist falling in love with a place that enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year?

A little bit of history, paintings engraved onto rocks that were uncovered in the Huns Mountains in the far south of Namibia and at Twyfelfontein (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in the northwest of Namibia reveal the oldest history of this region. Among the world’s oldest works of art, painted stone plates found in the Ai-Ais Huns Mountains—a mountain range that is today a part of the Ai-Ais / Richtersveld Transfrontier Park—show that this region had settlements as early as 25000 B.C. Additionally, Twyfelfontein is home to some magnificent collections of rock engravings (petroglyphs) made by the San people some 6000 years ago (also known as the Bushmen). The Wilton stone-age culture included the hunter-gatherers known as the San.

Ancient landscapes and deafening silence

Geographically speaking, Namibia is regarded as one of the continent of Africa’s most distinctive and diversified nations. This geographic variety adds to Namibia’s appeal as a tourism destination. Namibia is the world’s 34th largest nation and, after Mongolia, the nation with the least people per square kilometer. On the other hand, it is bigger than any European nation save for Russia and is almost the size of Spain and Germany put together. The five main geographical regions of Namibia’s landscape are the Central Plateau, the Namib Desert, the Great Escarpment, the Bushveld, and the Kalahari Desert, each of which has unique abiotic features and vegetation.

Camps in Namibia

The Nest @ Sossus

The Nest @ Sossus is tucked away in a lush valley on the private Namib Tsaris Conservancy, and it backs up against the great escarpment in the Namib Desert. This valley is a true desert oasis, boasting seasonal natural water pools and falls.

Camp Sossus

Camp Sossus emphasises every aspect of our intention to redefine immersive exploration and luxury. Our own definition of this encompasses privacy, intimacy, experiential focus and total flexibility, all whilst being perfectly comfortable. 

Huab Under Canvas

Huab Under Canvas is nestled in a grove of Mopane trees on the banks of a tributary of the //Huab River in the heart of Damaraland. Protected from all the prevailing winds and sun, the camp is virtually invisible from anywhere around and it carries arguably the lowest environmental footprint of any camp in Namibia. 

Onduli Ridge

Onduli Ridge, named after the resident giraffe of the area, is built at the base of two south facing granite outcrops which are connected by a ridge. This location allows for magnificent views of Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg, to the south and the dispersed cathedral-like granite inselbergs to the north.

Galton House

Located in Windhoek and named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, Galton House has a relaxed but efficient style which creates a very welcoming atmosphere. Impressive wildlife photography adorns the walls whilst the rest of the interior is a combination of modern minimalistic and understated chic.

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