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Namibia stretches from its harsh Atlantic coastline over tall sand dunes to large salt pans and velds filled with African wildlife. Visit the country’s popular national parks or arrange guided travels to more remote areas.
The northern part of the country’s shore is appropriately named Skeleton Coast Park. Experience the wilderness of this fog-shrouded land. Look for evidence of shipwrecks on windswept beaches and 100 species of lichen on damp rocks and trees. Moving south, Swakopmund has colonial landmarks and a museum filled with relics from Namibia’s fascinating past, along with resort-style beaches.
Namib-Naukluft National Park stretches south along the coast and features huge sand dunes just off the ocean. Race across the dunes on quad bikes or four-wheel drives, visit coastal ghost towns and see the unusual rock formations of the Sesriem canyon. View the sunset at Sossusvlei, which is a good place to start a tour of the Namib Desert, one of the world’s oldest.
Inland, the UNESCO heritage site of Twyfelfontein in Damaraland has more than 5,000 petroglyph figures, some more than 2,000 years old. Many depict rhinoceroses and early Stone Age hunters. Travel farther inland to Etosha National Park, where more than 100 specials of mammals and 400 species of birds reside. Bring binoculars and a blanket for an evening at the Okaukuejo waterhole near a vast salt pan to watch as the lions, elephants and black rhinos come out of the darkness for evening hydration.
The Fish River Canyon in the far south evolved over 600 million years. In its Apollo 11 cave, animal images more than 25,000 years old have been found. Hike along the mountainous terrain and smell the sulfurous hot springs in this part of the /Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park (ARTFP), managed jointly with South Africa.
Fly into Hosea Kutako International Airport near the capital of Windhoek and arrange guided tours or a rental car. If you drive, stay on the left and watch for the abundant wildlife crossing the roads.
The room itself was nice and had all the necessary amenities. However, please have a talk with the woman at the front desk, whose lack of any degree of politeness or enthusiasm makes the check in and check out feel unwelcoming.
We had a good time staying at the Avani Hotel right in Downtown Windhoek. The location is perfect for exploring restaurants and souvenir shops in Downtown Windhoek. Concierge service was very good, helpful, friendly and professional. The hotel has been recently renovated and has a fresh feel. The ...
The property is beautiful. We had a two level studio and we loved it. The rooms are very stylish and comfortable. The entire hotel complex includes a few different restaurants and lounges as well as a spa. It's all very well done. The staff are very professional and friendly. I highly recommend this ...
Beautiful setting against the desert backdrop, wildlife wandering outside our patio, we really enjoyed our stay here and also enjoyed a couple of the local hikes, it is nice that they have marked trails. The pools are lovely especially after a hot day hiking the dunes. Great service and excellent ...
Great value for money place to stay after evening arrival at airport. We had a spacious room for the 3 of us. Clean and comfortable, safe.