Sometimes called “beginner’s Africa”, Namibia is one of the safer and more travel-friendly countries in Africa. There, you’ll be able to experience stunning safari landscapes, witness majestic wildlife in their natural habitat and meet the tribes that live the way they’ve always been for hundreds of years. There are even plenty of beaches and coastlines filled with shipwrecks to explore, if you desire a little time off land and at night, the skies are some of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen, even after all our years of traveling. If you’re not already convinced, well, here are 5 reasons why Namibia should definitely be your next unusual expedition.
1. Get up close with the animals
The Namirand Nature Reserve is where you’ll be able to experience the miles of grassy plains that immediately come to mind when you think of Africa. Home to wildlife like elephants, zebras, rhinoceroses and many others, it is prime location for big game spotting and shooting – with your camera, that is! This nature reserve is also Africa’s first Dark Sky Reserve (one of the least light-polluted areas in the world), which means you can expect the Milky Way out in full force once the sky darkens.
2. Get your adrenaline fix.
Namibia is also home to some of the tallest dunes in the world, and naturally, that means you’ll get to explore them on quad bikes! This dry and arid environment might seem impossible to survive in, but on this trip, you’ll have the chance to learn about the creatures that actually manage to thrive. Needless to say, the dunes also offer a chance for some spectacular landscape photography, particularly at sunrise and sunset.
3. Visit Cape Cross, Wallis Bay and Henties Bay
Seabirds, seals, dolphins and… lichen fields? We bet you didn’t expect water-based fauna (and flora) in Africa. Despite giving the impression of a landlocked country, the coast of Namibia is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and just a little further out to sea, to playful dolphins and seals that are more than happy to interact with humans! After several days under the African heat, a boat trip out to sea is always refreshingly welcomed.
4. Visit the villages of native tribes
No visit to any country is complete without learning the ways and customs of her locals! Home to nomadic tribes like the Himba, you’ll have the rare opportunity to obverse their culture. The women are most well-known for their orange-coloured skin, which gets the hue from the mixture of red ochre and animal fat they rub on their bodies to protect their skin from the sun. In their village, you’ll get to see how they create their traditional jewellery that is typically made from iron, animal skin and shell.