Okavango Tours

Namibia

Namibia is without question one of the most extraordinary of the world’s countries. Desert from end to end, it never fails to amaze. The sheer aridity and harshness of the landscape, the ceaseless ability to change in unexpected and unpredictable ways, and the fantastic (in the literal sense) evidence of life where it seems none could possibly subsist combine to leave the visitor’s senses disoriented. Not least of these are the 1.8m humans who provide sparse populace, from the varied indigenous peoples of the region to a relict German population from colonial days.

Namibia has not one but many deserts, each with its own geological and other peculiarities, features and attractions. From the Fish River Canyon in the south, second in size only to the Grand Canyon, through the Namib, past the Kalahari, the Skeleton Coast, to Damaraland and Owamboland to the Kunene River on the northern border, the landscape unfolds in unearthly contour. No wonder it is most usually described as a ‘moonscape’, and whilst none of us has any first-hand experience of a moonscape, the term conveys its intention perfectly.

The summers – late September through early April - are warm to blisteringly hot, as befits a desert, and so too can the winters be bitterly cold. It rains very occasionally, somewhere, on this vast and beautiful country. Sometimes.

 

Namib Desert, Sussesflei, Epupa


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