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10 Extreme Ways to Experience Namibia

  
  

Going on holiday in Namibia is not just about serene landscapes and safaris. The Land of the Brave has loads of extreme adventure on offer for visitors looking to get their blood pumping. In this blog we’ll be looking at ten activities for all you adrenaline junkies, speed freaks and explorers out there.

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Get ready for adventure…
(Image via Cazenove + Loyd)

 

Kitesurfing

The fresh south westerly winds that reach Walvis Bay lagoon make this a prime spot for kitesurfing. Certainly, this is one of the world's most extreme water sports. Walvis Bay Kite Centre has equipment to rent of buy, and offers one to one lessons from beginner level upwards. Further south the coastal town of Luderitz is also renowned for its kitesurfing conditions. The conditions are so perfect in the lagoon just outside town that every year the world’s fastest kitesurfers compete in the annual Chris Benz Luderitz Speed Challenge.

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A kite-surfer cutting through the water just outside Luderitz.
(Photo by Greg Beadle)

 

Shark angling

Fishing may not sound like a sport that gets the adrenaline pumping - but when you’re trying to reel in a 100kg shark we’re sure that your heart rate will pick up a bit! Tour operators along the coast of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Henties Bay offer shark angling excursions, and from November-May you may get the chance to battle with a coppershark, also known as a bronzy. These giant fish can weigh anything between 15-190kg, and are sure to put up a good fight! Other species include smooth hound sharks and spotted gully sharks. For conservation purposes, all sharks are returned to the sea unharmed.

SHARK

Catch and release is the name of the game when you take on one of these beasts.
(Image via Royal City Travel)

 

Rafting on the Kunene

Not only are the rapids of the Kunene River a challenge, simply getting to Namibia’s northern border with Angola can be a real adventure! Felix Unite's extreme ten-day rafting experience takes place just once or twice a year and is a round trip from Windhoek, including five days on the river and a drive through Etosha National Park. The river forms the border between Namibia and Angola, and you will paddle your way down towards the 40m high Epupa Falls. You might want to think twice about taking a dip though- there are crocodiles in the water!

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White water fun on the Kunene River.
(Image courtesy of Kunene River Lodge)

 

Skydiving

Swakopmund is surely Namibia’s premier skydiving destination. Experienced and first-time jumpers are all equally welcome to throw themselves out of a plane and plummet toward the Namib Desert. Qualified skydivers can schedule a jump with a local skydiving club, while beginners have two options - a full-day training course with a solo jump at the end (with an automatically opening parachute), or a shorter course followed by a tandem jump, where your instructor does all the work. Don't forget to open your eyes and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Namib Desert meeting the southern Atlantic Ocean! Check out Swakopmund Skydiving Club for more information.

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A tandem jump over Swakopmund.
(Image via Swakopmund Skydiving Club)

 

Paragliding

The dunes make for a nice, soft landing, but paragliding around Swakopmund is still extreme! The coastal winds offer extra lift, so that gliders can get high enough to admire the stunning views of the desert and ocean. The best flying takes place during the summer months of October through March with all flights regulated by the local flying school to avoid overcrowding. Depending on your experience, you can choose from a half-day introductory course, a full day flight, a pilot's licence course, or a tandem flight.

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Check out this Redbull-sponsored paragliding expedition.
(Image via Redbull)

 

Motorbiking

New off-road motorcycle tour operator Madnam is launching a brand new series of biking tours around Namibia, visiting iconic sights such as Cape Cross, Brandberg, Erindi Game Reserve and Waterberg. To join their thrilling eight-day trip you need plenty of experience on a motorbike, including gravel roads - Namibia's terrain can be tricky to navigate. Bring your own bike or hire one of Madnam's BMWs for the ultimate off-roading adventure.

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The tours are a great to meet people and experience Namibia.

(Image via Madnam)

 

Rock climbing

Namibia's two main climbing sites are the jagged, 1,728m bulk of the Spitzkoppe, and the Brandberg Massif, which at 2,573m is Namibia's highest point. Justifying its "extreme" reputation, Spitzkoppe does not offer any established hiking trails, so climbers can feel like true explorers. Brandberg presents mountaineers with a constant scramble over boulders - it's a three-day clamber to the top and climbs should only be attempted with a trained guide from the local community who knows where to find water and will prevent you getting lost amid the rocks.

Find your guide through the Namibia Community Based Tourism Association (NACOBTA) in Windhoek:
Tel: +264 (0) 61255977
Email: nacobta@iafrica.com.na

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The Spitzkoppe from afar.

 

Fish River Canyon

One of Africa's top hikes is through the arid, inhospitable Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia. The second deepest canyon in the world offers an extreme environment indeed, and hikers must undertake the 80km, 3-5 day hike entirely unsupported, as there are no facilities en-route. The hike can only be carried out in winter, when the temperatures are slightly lower and the rains have produced enough water for the river to flow - this being the only source of water for hikers. Book your tour well in advance with Namibia Wildlife Resorts.

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The mighty Fish River Canyon.
(Image via Nomad Tours)

 

Sandboarding

Known locally as the "ultimate speed machine", a waxed, metre-long piece of hardboard can reach phenomenal speeds of 80km/h on Namibia's steep, coastal dunes. You lie face down on the board, bend the front edge up to avoid it sticking into the sand (and flipping you over!) and lift your feet off the ground - then wait to be pushed over the cliff! Definitely not for the faint hearted, this is a major adrenaline kick! You can book with Alter Action Namibia.

SANDB

Get ready to take flight!
(Image via VA Tourism)

 

Cave diving

With an extreme combination of altitude, deep-water diving, abseiling, rock climbing and pitch darkness, cave diving as Namibia's ultimate extreme adventure. The caves and sinkholes are all over 1,400m above sea level, with depths of between 30 and 130m, and you may have to abseil as far as 140m (with all your diving equipment!) just to reach the water.

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Exploring the darkness- it doesn't get a lot more extreme than this!
(Image via Africa Geographic)

 

The Dragon's Breath Cave, 46km north of Grootfontein, is one of the most famous cave diving spots, as it contains the largest subterranean lake in the world. Harasib Cave and Lake Guinas are also recommended. Booking is required at least three months in advance, and it can take up to a week to prepare the caves for diving. Otjikoto Diving Enterprises is the only operator permitted to work in these waters.

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The subterranean lake in the Dragons Breath cave system.
(Image via All Over the Map)

 

Information about these activities was taken from Namibia Holiday & Travel - the official Namibian tourism directory.

 

For more inspiration download your copy of the Namibia Adventure Planning Guide

Capture Namibia: Photography tips from Anette Mossbacher

  
  

Anette Mossbacher is a professional photographer who has lived in Africa and Asia and has spent a great deal of time in the remote wilderness and bush getting face to face with wildlife. Anette’s nature and wildlife photographs have been published in magazines, books, commercials and have won several awards including the International Photography Awards in 2014. In this blog post she shares with us a few tips for taking photos in Namibia...

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Photo courtesy © Anette Mossbacher | Nature & Wildlife Photographer | anettemossbacher.com 

 

Tell us about your most unforgettable moment while photographing in Namibia.

The most unforgettable moment while photographing, was at Epupa Falls early in the morning. I was lucky enough to get there when the water was very high. That morning I climbed a little path in the dark with a torch, trying to find my spots I marked with rocks the day before. With all my equipment on my back I was not sure if there would be some big cats around! Standing at several spots, taking long exposure pictures, I was taking the falls' beauty into my memory forever. I had time to look around in peace, to realise I was alone. The clarity of the pristine landscape, the thunder of the waterfalls and in between the great Baobab trees growing slowly between the rocks. These were breathtaking moments bathed in sunrise light. 

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Photo courtesy © Anette Mossbacher | Nature & Wildlife Photographer | anettemossbacher.com 


Every destination has its challenges and rewards; how does Namibia compare to other places you’ve photographed?

WOW is my word for Namibia. It is for surely one of my favourite countries to travel too. Traveling alone as a woman, I always felt safe in every corner of this amazing country. I experienced so many friendly people throughout the country. Driving through Namibia for thousands of kilometres the scenery changes around every corner- the diversity of its landscape is incredible.

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Photo courtesy © Anette Mossbacher | Nature & Wildlife Photographer | anettemossbacher.com

 

The population is very thin when outside of the cities and once I drove two days without meeting another soul on the road. Pure solitude... Namibia has so much to offer from the Fish River Canyon to the highest red sand dunes of the Namib Desert, not to mention the Skeleton Coast and Etosha National Park.

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Photo courtesy © Anette Mossbacher | Nature & Wildlife Photographer | anettemossbacher.com

 

The challenges of this country are the heat, the dust in certain areas and the long distances to drive between spots. But there is nothing really that would hold me back to keep returning to Namibia again and again.

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Which three photos you took in Namibia are you most proud of and why?

My first long exposure image of the Epupa falls...

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I finally had some masses of water falling down the cliffs so I could play with exposure. Of course I can do this with clouds as well, but I hardly experienced lots of clouds while there. This lets me plan my next trip in the rainy season. When I took the images of the Epupa falls in long exposure the time of the exposure was around three minutes. While waiting till the shutter closed again, some huge bugs decided to climb up my tripod legs. They were very big and I hoped that they do not get my tripod to vibrate a bit during the exposure. A you can see, the bugs were very careful climbers! 

 

The Deadvlei...

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Photo courtesy © Anette Mossbacher | Nature & Wildlife Photographer | anettemossbacher.com

 

One of the most photographed places on earth and one of the toughest to come up with a “different” composition than all other thousand of images. It is always a challenge when getting there as to how you are going to compose your images. I do plan images weeks if not even months ahead, especially for this image. When I showed this image the first time to two good photographer friends, the first question they asked me was: Are you sure with your crop and composition? Then I knew, yep I got this image proper. 

 

African lion in black and white. 

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Photo courtesy © Anette Mossbacher | Nature & Wildlife Photographer | anettemossbacher.com 

 

When I got to the spot in Etosha where I took this image a Wildebeest herd came galloping towards me. This told me something must be going on. The Springboks took off in high jumps, and it was then that I saw the first lions of a big pride cross the grassland in the direction of a waterhole. I parked my jeep to photograph the lionesses with the youngsters and then at the very end two male lions joined the pride. The lion pictured turned around in a way to tell his mate to put it into the second or third gear... It looked like that to me. He gave me a few moments in which I was able to get him with his mane blown back by the strong wind that evening.

 

When going on a Namibian photographic expedition, what is your equipment of choice? And what do you never leave home without?

Besides my equipment (http://www.anettemossbacher.com/whats-camera-bag/)  for taking photographs, a real compass is a must, a paper map from TracksForAfrica as well as the GPS, and for sure a warm jacket and survival/emergency blanket, nights can be very chilly in Namibia.

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Photo courtesy © Anette Mossbacher | Nature & Wildlife Photographer | anettemossbacher.com 

 

A photographer friend is desperate to capture the best of Namibia. What top tips would you give them? 

1. Plan what you want to photograph, from there plan your route through Namibia. Do plan to stay longer than two weeks and take your time to enjoy the beauty of this country. Namibia is very big, depending on your plans, you most will likely cover many kilometers. 

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Photo courtesy © Anette Mossbacher | Nature & Wildlife Photographer | anettemossbacher.com 

 

2. Take one of the breathtaking flights over the Sand Dunes and Skeleton Coast.

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Photo courtesy © Anette Mossbacher | Nature & Wildlife Photographer | anettemossbacher.com 

 

Nevertheless, if you want to skip all planning and want to come along with me on your own custom made tour to improve your photography skills, join me for a fantastic experience with unrivalled opportunities to photograph the vastness of the Namibian nature and its awesome wildlife. Join me for an unforgettable trip through the untamed Namibia. Maximum of 2 guests. For enquiries contact me via my Nature & Wildlife Photography website.

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Photo courtesy © Anette Mossbacher | Nature & Wildlife Photographer | anettemossbacher.com 

 

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Anette in her own words...

I currently live in Switzerland and work as a nature and wildlife photographer. Travelling around the world presents endless opportunities to capture nature and wildlife images in a variety of situations. I journey alone through countries in a 4×4 Jeep, by boat, by foot or in any other vehicle which is needed to afford me the opportunity to visit some of the most remote places in unending places.

For enquiries or more information, please visit www.anettemossbacher.com

 

 

 

 

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Where to eat: Swakopmund Restaurants

  
  

The seaside town of Swakopmund is a regular destination for local and international tourists. The town always bustles with activity and there are plenty of places to eat and drink in the little holiday town. Here is just a taste of what’s on offer...

Breakfast in Swakop

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Village Café

Village Café

21 Sam Nujoma Ave

+264 64 404723 

Loved by locals and tourists alike for its quirky character and good service. Perfect for a hearty breakfast or brunch, The Village Café offers homely food, generous portions, friendly staff and a wonderful atmosphere! Keep an eye out for cheeky menu items, off the wall décor and, of course- the dog menu! 

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Bojos Cafe

13 Daniel Tjongarero Street

+264 64 400774 

This little street café is a great place to start your day with a big breakfast, or end a morning of wandering through the town with a cappuccino and a freshly baked croissant. You’ll also find homemade cakes, fresh sandwiches, freshly squeezed juice and even gluten-free menu options. The outside seating lets you soak up Swakopmund’s street atmosphere. Dogs are also welcomed with a little treat and a big glug of much needed water after a long walk. 

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Stadtmitte café

Cnr, Tobias Hainyeko & Woermann Street 

+264 64 400893

The locals head to Stadtmitte Café for a good value breakfast and coffee on the go. It boasts a wide variety of traditional German cakes and pastries. You also get free internet access with your order. Note: it’s closed on Sundays but open on public holidays.

 

Lunch in Swakop

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Cafe Anton 

Hotel Schweizerhaus, 1 Bismarck Str

+264 64 400331/2/3

If you’re looking for classic Swakop, then look no further than Café Anton. Arguably one of the town’s most well known coffee spots, it feels like it’s been around forever. Head there for a classic beer and lunch, or for some good old-fashioned coffee and cake.

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Brauhaus

Brauhaus Arcade 22, Sam Nujoma Drive

+264 64 402214

Swakopmund has a distinct German heritage and The Brauhaus restaurant waves the flag high - from the bratwurst to the Weissbier and the jolly atmosphere.

If you really want to get the party started at lunch, ask the locals what the game is with the foot long beers… Brauhaus is a popular spot and gets very busy, so try book a table or get there early to be sure of a seat. And remember, it’s closed on Sundays. 

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22 Degrees South

Inside the Lighthouse, Am Leuchtturm Street

+264 64 400380

This little boutique restaurant is located in the old lighthouse master's house, right in front of the popular swimming beach “Der Mole”. It’s a tasty, tranquil spot. Sit outside in the garden to take in the cool sea breeze. Or snuggle up inside for a cozy meal in one of the old lightmaster’s rooms. 

 

Sundowners in Swakop

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Tiger Reef 

The Swakop River Mouth, Sudstrand Street

+264 64 400935

Have an ice cold beer lounging in a deck chair, watching the sunset as you tickle your toes in the warm beach sand. Tiger Reef is a regular on the Swakopmund bar scene. And if you end up staying longer than you intended, there’s some good old fish and chips and burgers on the menu to fill an empty stomach.

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Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Bar Lounge 

37 Daniel Tjongarero Street

+264 64 400133 

One of the best cocktail places in town. You can also munch a little bit of sushi if you can’t wait for your dinner. Or spend the whole evening at Cosmopolitan – they have a full restaurant and specialize in seafood.

 

Dinner in Swakop

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Image courtesy of Jetty 1905

Jetty 1905

Molen Road, on the Pier

+264 64 40 5664

Take a wander down to the end of the famous Swakopmund jetty and you will find Jetty 1905. The Jetty was originally built in 1905 (hence the name) but don’t worry, it was completely refurbished in 2006 – you can read the whole story on their website here.

Dine like you’re in the middle of the ocean – with great seafood to boot.  

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The Tug

Strand St

+264 64 402356

Seafood seafood seafood. That’s the name of the game at the Tug restaurant. Situated right on the beachfront, on an upper level deck, you’ll love the great views of the Atlantic Ocean. Try get there before sunset so you can squeeze in a sundowner before you dine on the fruits of the sea.

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Hansa Hotel

3 Hendrik Witbooi Street

+264 64 414 200

The Hansa Hotel is all about old style elegance. Take your parents, your grandparents, your sweetheart or anyone you’d like to impress to dine amidst crystal and china in an unlikely location.

 

 

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Namibia's "Other" Photography Spots

  
  

If you’ve been Namibia before, or if you’ve read about it, you know that it is a wildly popular place for photographers to visit. Sites like Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon, Kolmanskop and Etosha National Park are all spectacular places to capture on film… But what if you want something a little different from your photography safari? Well don’t worry we’ve got you covered- Here are some alternative photographic destinations in Namibia…

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Photographers... There's one in every family.

 

The Koichab Pan and Koichab Dunes

Instead of: Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.

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 The Koichab Depression (pan) is northeast of Luderitz.
(Map via Google Maps)


The Koichab pan can be found at the end of the Namib Sand Sea. The pan was formed as dunes slowly shifted and blocked the Koichab River from flowing into the sea. The resulting pan and dunes surrounding it are now a place where life can survive in a once inhospitable part of the Namib Desert.

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 The dunes of Koichab are uniquely spotted with vegetation thanks to the perennial underground water flowing beneath the sand.
(Photo by Johan Jooste via 500px)

 

The pan is home to several species of birds such as black crows, lanne falcons, southern pale chanting goshawks as well as a variety of smaller mammals and reptiles. The water and the resulting vegetation found in the area also supports larger animals like springbok, gemsbok and vultures. 

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A Gemsbok bounding through the sparse vegetation.
(Photo by Mel Gray)

 

The Sperrgebiet National Park

Instead of: Kolmanskop

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The Sperrgebiet National Park stretches from Luderitz down to the Namibian Border.
(Map via Google Maps)

 

The Sperrgebiet (which is German for “Protected Area”) was a diamond-rich area on the coast of Namibia that was completely off-limits to the public for decades. In 2009 the Sperrgebiet was proclaimed as a national park and now locals and visitors can explore the Sperrgebiet National Park like never before.

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The interior of an abandoned building deep in the Sperrgebiet. 

 

The area has several abandoned and semi-abandoned mining towns and settlements. These relics from the diamond boom years have since been left to be all but swept away by the passage of time and the howling winds and shifting sands of the Namib Desert.

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Pomona is one such abandoned town.
You can read more about this fascinating place here.

 

The park stretches over a massive 26,000 square kilometers, and because it has been off-limits to the public for almost a century the natural environment is in pristine condition. Over a thousand plant species, 120 terrestrial bird species, hundreds of reptile species and over 80 different kinds of mammals call the area home.

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25% of Namibia’s entire flora can be found in the Sperrgebiet.
(Image via Peaceparks)

 

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This National Park is full of incredible, and surprising landscapes.
(Image via Peaceparks)

  

Onkoshi Resort in Etosha National Park

Instead of: Namutoni, Okaukuejo, Halali, Dolomite

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The Onkoshi camp is in the top-right corner, right on the edge of the pan.
(Map via Etoshanationalpark.org)

 

A lot of people visit Namibia to catch a glimpse of its remarkable wildlife, and a lot of people choose to do this at the incredible Etosha National Park. When you consider the sheer volume of wildlife within the park it’s easy to understand why so many people visit the world-renowned game park. However, if you want to see it in a slightly different light then one of the most interesting places to stay at within the park is the Onkoshi Resort.

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There are only 30 beds in the entire camp, spread out over 15 units;
so be sure to book in advance.
 (Image via Afrikarma)

 

Situated on the rim of the massive Etosha Pan the camp is a low impact, environmentally friendly establishment. This means that you have undisturbed views of the sun setting on the pan as the parks inhabitants make their way across the great expanse. This will allow you to get shots of the scenery and wildlife from a unique perspective. 

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The views of the pan from the camp are unrivalled.
(Image via Kruger 2 Kalahari)

 

Here’s a video tour of the Onkoshi Resort: 

(Video via NWR)

 

The Zambezi Region 

Instead of: Desert landscapes

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The Zambezi Region is bordered by Zimbabwe, Angola and Zambia.
(Map via Google Maps)

 

The Land of the Brave is famous for its vast landscapes and sweeping deserts, but not many people know that in the northern regions of the country there is a lush and verdant corner of the world: This region is the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Region).

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The riverine landscape makes for unique photo opportunities in Namibia.

 

The northeast corner of Namibia is chock full of birdlife, wildlife and a flora making it unlike any other part of our mostly arid nation. The perennial rivers in the region ensure that there is plenty of water for plants and food for the local fauna and this makes it a stunningly verdant place.

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There are amazing photo opportunities when the local wildlife come down to the rivers.
(Photo by Anja Denker)

 

You can read everything we have published on this fascinating region of our country by clicking here. If you follow that link you will be able to begin planning a trip to the greenest corner of Namibia. 

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A boat making its way through the incredible scenery of the Zambezi Region.
(Image via Cardboard Box)


Special Mention: The Naukluft Mountain Range

Since we’re talking about some of the best places to exercise your photographic muscles we just can’t help but mention an often forgotten geological wonder of Namibia: The Naukluft Mountain Range in the Naukluft National Park. Here the dunes and sand of Namib Desert give way to towering mountains and deep canyons.

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An aerial view of the Naukluft Mountains.
(Picture via Expert Africa)

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The Sesriem Canyon can be found in this national park.
(Picture via Expert Africa)

 

The park is filled with attractions and accommodation options and is fairly easy to get to and explore on your own steam. For more information check out Namibia Wildlife Resorts page on the national park.

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If you want to read about more about the Mountains of Namibia, click here.
(Picture via Expert Africa)


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Remember, anyone can take a fantastic picture of an amazing site, but truly great photography sometimes means getting off the smooth tarred roads and heading into the wilder parts of a country. Hopefully this list will inspire all the budding photographers out there to hit the road and capture the less explored side of Namibia.

100% Namibian art in Swakopmund

  
  

There’s a new Arts & Crafts Centre in the holiday town of Swakopmund and it’s 100% Namibian. On the surface, it is a fantastic venue for locals and tourists to soak up Namibian art and enjoy something to eat and drink at the new Yambeke restaurant. But at its heart lies a grander ambition: the training and uplifting of local artists. Namibian people have a vibrant, diversified culture, which this Centre wants to promote and develop.

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The Centre provides a fantastic venue for open-air events – keep an eye out for the latest happenings on the COSDEF Arts & Crafts Facebook page.

 

The Centre is a project of COSDEF (Namibia Community Skills Development Foundation); a non-profit organization that provides disadvantaged communities, unemployed youth, and vulnerable people the opportunity to learn skills to earn an income. The Swakopmund Centre helps the community to develop the skills needed to be self-sustainable by providing an outlet for products and artisans as well as training and mentorship programs (these programs include business and design skills). 

The Centre offers a host of different artistic courses ranging from an Introduction to Fine Arts, to Jewellery and Fashion design. The Centre has its very own craft shop and Gallery that show cases 100% Namibian craft sourced from all over the country.

It also provides a space for small retail shops where local business men and women have the opportunity to both produce and sell their goods - jewellery, knitting, t-shirt printing, textiles, photography, art work and local food. You’ll also find some well-known local artisans at the Centre - Karakulia Weavers, Desert Hills’ Nara products and Kubatsirana Helping Hands.

The Arts & Crafts Centre also has a beautiful Amphitheatre and stage, a conference hall and an art gallery which you can rent for events.

The new Yambeke Restaurant inside the Centre provides the perfect spot for lunch with local flavour. They also serve daily specials that can be pre-ordered to take home for dinner.

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Soak up the creative atmosphere as you munch some brunch at the Yambeke Restaurant.

 

Some events to watch out for:

  • African Dance & Drumming classes; two classes during the week during business hours and certain Saturdays (from 3 March 2015)

  • Easter market with egg hunting for the kids and a performance by a local African group (4 April 2015)

  • Monthly themed film showcases (dates TBA)

  • Art exhibitions (dates TBA)

  • Saturday Kiddies activities (dates TBA)
     

Follow  COSDEF Arts & Crafts Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest events and dates.

 

Opening hours:

Shops & Yambeke Restaurant: Weekdays 9am – 5pm & Saturdays 9 – 4pm.

 

Road Perspective

Look out for the brightly coloured Centre on the Swakopmund Airport Road.

 

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The Centre’s many different stalls showcasing Namibian art and providing budding artists with a platform for success.


Karakulia Weavers

Locals are trained in many artistic forms to improve their skills and livelihoods.

 

Gallery

Take a browse through the art gallery to discover truly Namibian talent.

Kubatsirana Helping Hand

Pick up some 100% Namibian crafts and support the local community!

 

All images courtesy of COSDEF.

 

MCA-Namibia (Millennium Challenge Account) helped to develop and fund the Centre’s building and equipment. MCA strives for economic improvement through infrastructure development, capacity building and vocational training to provide greater opportunity for economic growth and livelihood improvement.
 

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What to do in Namibia during Spring

  
  

Springtime in Namibia is from September to November and is a wonderful time to travel. The temperatures start to climb but it rarely gets too too hot. The land begins to slowly stir and there is a buzz in the air as everyone and everything waits in restless anticipation of the coming rains.

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The popcorn tree – better known as a blossoming Swarthaak.

 

In a country where sun and warm temperatures are pretty much all year round, a more reliable sign of spring is not so much the change in temperature, but rather the blossoming trees. From early August the landscape begins to fill up with the bright yellow blossoms of the ubiquitous and iconic Camel Thorn Tree.

The fluffy white blossoms of the Blackthorn or Swarthaak bush look like popcorn served on the side of the road. The Mopane trees start to turn green, even without rain. In Tsumeb, the exotic Flamboyants set the streets alight with their vivid red flowers. In Etosha, the Nebrownii, typically a grey, seemingly lifeless shrub, is suddenly brought to life with bright yellow blossoms on which the giraffes just love munching. 

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The brightly coloured blossoms are a treat for hungry giraffes.

 

As spring sets in, the bird watching becomes ever more thrilling, as the migratory birds join the native species for a birding spectacular on Namibian soil. Blue cranes, bee-eaters and flamingos flock to the wetter parts of the country during spring.

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Flamingos flock to the Etosha pan
(Image via African Profile Safaris)

 

Spring is still a good for game viewing as the land is still waiting for the raining season and the vegetation is not over grown. This makes it easier to spot animals in the bush, and increase your chances of seeing animals at waterholes as they go in search of the last water before the rain. 

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Animals descending upon a waterhole at Etosha National Park.

  

The August winds kick up a lot of dust in the air that has yet to settle with the rains and this hazy sky makes for a photographic spectacle with slow crimson sunsets and crisp early sunrises you’ll want to wake up for.

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Crimson sunsets are a staple of Namibian spring.
(Image via Notes from Namibia)

 

The threat of rain hangs in the air and is on everybody’s lips. Rain clouds start to build, teasing the animals and the locals, but the "little rainy season" only tends to happen in October.

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Rain in the Kaokoland.
Image via Safari Bookings

 

With the sun moving southwards and starting to warm up the land, spring is a wonderful time to travel through Namibia. Do bear in mind, however, that the coast is typically rather cold in spring and is only recommended for steadfast fishermen, water sports fanatics and those who want to escape the inland heat.

Watch out for these annual events in Namibian spring:

The Rock Spitzkoppe Challenge (Sept)
Cycletech Spring Festival (Sept)
Fish River Marathon (Sept)
The Windhoek Show (Oct)
Oktober beerfest (Oct)
Old Mutual Jazz Festival (Oct)
Lucky Star Marathon (Oct)
Pick n Pay Cycle Classic (Oct)
The Luderitz Speed Challenge (Oct / Nov)
The Tsumeb Copper Festival (Nov)
Namrock Rock Festival (Nov)


5 Essentials for a Safari in Namibia

  
  

Johanna Read runs Travel Eater, a blog focused on food and travel. Today she shares with us five essentials that will help you make the most of your safari through Namibia... 

 

 

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Namibia Safari Essentials

Photos and words by Johanna Read


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Safari in Namibia- there's nothing quite like it.


Namibia is a great place to go on safari. Not only will you see amazing animals — leopard, cheetah and desert-adapted elephants anyone? — but you can also see shipwrecks on the otherwise empty Skelton Coast, climb red sand dunes, and walk through canyons. On top of this Namibians are amongst the nicest people on the planet and they love sharing their gorgeous country with visitors.

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One of the Skeleton Coast's many wrecks.


What you need to bring with you on a Namibian safari will, of course, depend a great deal on the way you travel. If you are driving yourself and camping, your needs will differ greatly from if you are being driven by a guide and staying at the top lodges. I was lucky enough to be driven around in a Land Cruiser (by the greatest guide ever – Perez, from Ultimate Safaris), so my advice is based on that...

 

1. Washable multi-purpose shoes

The most useful thing I had with me were my Crocs. They weren’t the dorky ones — I could get away with wearing them with a skirt for dinner (not that I brought a skirt). They were extremely comfortable (and I am prone to blisters). I wore them every day except on rocky hikes. Most importantly I could rinse them off in the shower every night, and they dried almost instantly. This is extremely important in such a dusty environment.

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You’ll be thankful for washable shoes if you unexpectedly encounter rhino dung on a walking trail.

 

2. A carabiner

A carabiner is always useful to attach your hat, water bottle, or whatever to your day bag. When you walk up a sand dune, or walk the 1.1 km to Deadvlei, the carabiner is useful for attaching your (washable multi-purpose) shoes to you belt or your day-pack.

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It is much easier to move through the sand in bare feet, especially climbing a steep sand dune before breakfast. Your toes will help you dig in to the sand so instead of two steps forward, one step back, you will be two steps forward, 1/2 back. Yes, you could wear your boots, but on the dunes the sand will leak in, and you won’t get the toe help. And yes, it is a bit chilly on the sand in bare feet until the sun comes up, but just dig your toes under the surface a bit to warm them up. Clip you shoes to your pack and you won’t have to carry them. Nor will you worry that they get lost at the base of the dune, hidden by blowing sand during your climb.

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Deadvlei, in bare feet.

 

You’ll probably want the air on your toes to walk to Deadvlei. There is a mixture of loose sand and hard-baked (but nice and smooth) salt pan. Most people do this walk around 9:00 – 10:00 in the morning, when it is starting to get warm. It just feels more fun in bare feet. But under no circumstances should you leave your shoes in your vehicle — you must carry them with you (leave your hands free for photos with your carabiner). If you walk back from Deadvlei after about 10:30 am without shoes, you will burn your feet on the sand. The guides will tell you the story of the guy who had to take off his t-shirt, and borrow his friend’s, and tie them around his shoeless feet to walk back. Don’t be that guy.

 

3. Closed-toe boots

Also useful are closed toe shoes or boots — Blundstones in my case. You’ll need these for rocky hikes, like the Sesriem Canyon in Sossusvlei and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein rock engravings. You’ll also need closed toe footwear in the evenings. 

In the winter (June – September), it can get very chilly at night, and you’ll need the warmth of boots and socks. (And, despite the chilly mornings and evenings, winter / early spring is when you want to go to Namibia because the lack of leaves on the trees make it a lot easier to spot wildlife). Closed toe boots are also essential for foot protection from mosquitoes, especially in the malarial zones (Etosha National Park being a main one). Mosquitoes are rarer in the winter, but you may find some at dawn and dusk.

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If you want to catch the last golden hour of the day outdoors you'll need to keep warm.


You’ll also want protection from snakes. In the winter it will be unlikely that you’ll see them — in the afternoons they’ll be warming up in the sun and in the evenings they’ll be cold and practically hibernating, under a rock or in a tree. Your chances are only a little greater at other times of the year, as they are more afraid of you than you of them- but it is wise not to take chances.

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Hiking through varying terrains makes having appropriate shoes a must. 

 

4. Ziploc bags

Travelling with Ziploc bags is a great way to keep your stuff clean and organized, whether it be to separate your dirty socks and underwear from the rest of your clothes, stash your leak-potential toiletries, or keep fresh that bag of cookies you bought from the market (and prevent crumbs from getting in your clean underwear). Most importantly, Ziploc bags are the best way to keep dust out of your electronics.

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Your new best friend.


There is a lot of dust in Namibia. A lot. Again, depending on how you are travelling, your dust issues will vary. If you are driving yourself, you will find yourself in public open safari vehicles to get to Deadvlei and other 4-wheel drive necessary places. Even if you are travelling in a Land Cruiser, you will need to transfer to the lodge’s open vehicle when in private game reserves. And in these open vehicles, any time another vehicle passes you will get blasted by dust. So, keep your camera in a Ziploc bag. For these open vehicles, you may also want to bring a scarf or a buff to put over your nose and mouth too (particularly for the drive to Deadvlei).

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It can get mighty dusty on the mighty dunes of Sossusvlei.


Ziploc bags are also useful to protect your camera when you’re climbing dunes (there is a constant breeze of gritty sand), on the beach along the Skeleton Coast, and for storage in your bag, as the dust will get everywhere.

 

5. Moisture

The desert is dry. Dryer than you think. So bring all the humectants you can fit in you bag — conditioner, moisturizer, sunscreen, hand cream, chapstick, whatever. Yes, the nice lodges will supply some of it, but you’ll want the extra strong varieties that you know work for you.

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Elephants have always known the importance of a moisturising mud bath.


Your safari in Namibia will be spectacular no matter what. You’ll be especially happy if you bring the above essentials with you.

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Hide and Seek in Namibia

  
  

Just below Namibia's Etosha National Park, Andersson’s Camp has a ground-level hide that is a fantastic way to get up close and personal with some of Etosha’s wildlife. If you are a keen photographer, or just a nature lover, then read on as we will be telling you why you need to get yourself to this awesome wildlife watching spot.

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Zebras making their way to a waterhole with Andersson's Camp in the background.
(Photo via Wilderness Safaris


What is a Hide? 

A great way to catch undisturbed views of wildlife in Namibia is to spend a lot of time in a purpose-built hide. These hides are built so that they blend in with the natural surrounds and thus the local wildlife will be at ease and guests will be able to quietly see how these animals behave in their natural environments.

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A warthog, just chilling.
(Photo courtesy of photographer Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris)

 

At Andersson’s Camp Wilderness Safaris has set up an underground hide near a waterhole a few hundred metres from their main camp. A fenced-off passageway leads from the camp’s main area to the underground hide that allows guests of the camp to easily travel to and from the hide whenever they desire.

 

Ground Level Photography

Once in the hide you will be in a large airy and cool room that serves up panoramic views. In the hide there are benches allowing guests to get comfortable while they wait for and watch the animals around the waterhole.

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Ample space and surfaces to makes getting that shot that much easier.
(Photo courtesy of photographer 
Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris)

 

The hide at Andersson’s Camp is open on three sides and as a result it is always cool and pleasant. Unlike most hides, which are very cramped and often intolerably hot, there is a lot of space in the Andersson Camp hide and this allows photographers enough room to maneuver.

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The ground-level hide offers guests unique viewing opportunities.
(Photo courtesy of photographer 
Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris)

 

So if you’re searching for that perfect shot then feel free to bring your tripods and other equipment into the hide as there is ample space in which to set your equipment up for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

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You’ll need space for your tripod if you want the most from your low light shots.
 (Photo courtesy of photographer Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris)

 

What to Look Out For

Once in the hide you will be about 6 metres away from the animals, close enough to hear the animals slurp the cool water and see their alert eyes blink. It’s as close as you can get to the majestic animals without putting yourself, or the animals, in real danger.

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Undisturbed and up close game viewing.
(Photo courtesy of photographer Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris) 

 

You can expect to see giraffes, black-faced impalas, hartebees, kudus, warthogs and other large antelopes and mammals. Along with these more common animals, lucky guests have also seen black rhino and lions coming to cool off at the shady waterhole.

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Two adult hartebees at the waterhole.
(Photo courtesy of photographer Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris) 

 

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You are so close to the action in the hide that even "smaller" creatures can be seen up close.
(Photo courtesy of photographer Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris)

 

Day and Night 

Anyone who has been on an authentic safari knows that animals tend to come and go as they please. This is why patience is so important when you are on the look out for wildlife. Luckily, the hide is open day and night and guests can stake out the waterhole by the light of the moon or the rays of the sun. 

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On the move.
Some herbivores spooked by the arrival of a larger animal.
(Photo courtesy of photographer Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris)

 

During the day you can expect to see general game like giraffes, zebras, black-faced impalas, kudus, warthogs and other antelopes. In the early evening (and often when dinner is served at the camp!) rhinos often come down for an evening drink. After darkness falls keep your eyes peeled for lions who sometimes come down to the hole for a night cap.

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A black-faced impala enjoying the cool water.
(Photo courtesy of photographer Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris) 

 

Where is Andersson's Camp?

If you want more information on how you can book some time at Andersson’s Camp then click on this link. You can find the camp in the Ongava Game Reserve, which is a privately run reserve right that shares a border with Etosha National Park.

Most travellers get to Ongava via the C38, but for the more adventurous there are less well travelled roads that will get you there as well… Just be sure to be adequately prepared! 

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(Map via Wilderness Safaris)

 

If you still aren't convinced then check out all the glowing tesitominals on Trip Advisor for Andersson's Camp and then begin planning a visit to this truly awesome spot in Namibia.

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There's plenty to explore and experience at Ongava and Andersson's Camp.
(Photo via Wilderness Safaris)

 

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The Mountains of Namibia

  
  

Namibia’s mighty dunes and rolling deserts often take centre stage, but there are other types of awesome landscapes in the Land of the Brave. This blog will be covering some of our country’s unique collection of mountains and mountain ranges where the adventurous can hike, explore, or simply take in the majesty of the world from a lookout point.

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The Naukluft Mountain Range.
(Image via Agama River Camp)

 

Brukkaros 

This mountain looks like a volcanic crater but it was in fact formed by an upwelling of magma millions of years ago, this kind of formation is called a caldera and it is why the the mountain has its distinctive shape we see today.

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Approaching Brukkaros by road.
(Image via Wikimedia)

 

At 1,590m above sea level this mountain stands out on the plains of Namibia’s Karas Region, yet is often forgotten about in guidebooks and travel planners. This makes it a great spot to visit if you want to get off the beaten path. There are basic campsites at the foot, and on the upper slopes, of the mountain where travellers can spend a few nights.

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A stream running into some pools in the crater.
(Image via Wilkinson’s World)

 

Please note, however, that you will have to come fully prepared. There is no running water, fuel, or places to stock up on food once you get to the mountain. If you are low on supplies then your only option is to stock up at the town of Berseba 12km away. 

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An abandoned solar observatory on the slopes of Brukkaros.
(Image via Wilkinson’s World)

 

When you get to the campsite’s parking lot and have unloaded all your gear look for the signs showing you were the hiking trails begin and end. There are some incredible walks through and around the crater with the views from the top of the mountain being particularly stunning. 

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The spetacular view from the rim.
(Image via Wilkinson’s World)

 

Book at the campsite here

 

The Naukluft Mountain Range

The Naukluft are a well-known and well-travelled range of mountains south west of Windhoek. The mountain range is situated in the Namib-Naukluft National Park and thanks to this it has more well-developed campsites and walking trails than Brukkaros.

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The Naukluft are found in a parcticularly beautiful part of Namibia.
(Image via Audley Travel)

 

Hiking is one of the main reasons people visit the Naukluft and there are several trails that criss-cross through the range. Some of the most famous trails are the 4km Olive Trail, the 17km Waterkloof Trail and the mammoth 8-day Naukluft Hiking Trail. You will need to secure permits from NWR for all hiking (and camping) in the Naukluft, so be sure to do that well in advance.

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The trails are all cleary marked.
(Image via Info Namibia)

 

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The ever-changing landscapes of the Naukluft are always awe inspiring.
(Image via Wikimedia)

 

The range is famous for its abundance of wildlife including Hartmanns mountain zebras, African wild cats, klipspringers and leopards. There are also several small streams and waterfalls that can be found throughout the range. These streams attract a lot of birds to the region and with over 190 species having been spotted you'd best bring your binoculars!

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Hartmann's Mountain Zebra.
(Image via Blaine Harrington III)

  

There is a fantastic 4x4 route for those of you who want to explore this rugged landscape from behind the wheel of a tough and capable vehicle. Take note though, that this route has been closed since October 2013, however, keep checking on it as it will be opened once it safe again. For updates on this over-night 4x4 trail click here.

The Naukluft Campsite, managed by Namibia Wildlife Resorts is a great place to stay if you intend on exploring the Naukluft and its surrounds. The campsite has six rooms available as well 21 camping spots. So if you want to sleep under a roof you should book far in advance.

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The sun setting over the range.
(Image via Audley Travel)

 

Book at NWR’s campsite here

 

The Spitzkoppe

The Spitzkoppe are probably the most well-known site on this list. For years mountain climbers, cyclists, hikers, geologists and star gazers have been coming to these unique granite formations to satisfy their thirsts for adventure. If you are at all interested in mountains, or the outdoors in general, then you must make a stop at these peaks.

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The Spitzkoppe from afar.


Camping is a breeze at the Spitzkoppe and accommodation at the community run Spitzkoppe Campsites, ranges from tented campsites to thatch huts, all in close proximity to the formation. The great thing about staying at this campsite is that the locals will be able to help you plan out some activities while you stay in the region. They offer stargazing, birding and mountain climbing.

EXPLOR

Even a fairly easy walk will get you to astonishing places in the Spitzkoppe.


For those of you who are more seriously into climbing, check out his page for a detailed description of what routes there are on this famous mountain.

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Conquering Namibia’s Matterhorn.
(Image via Travel News Namibia)

 

If, however, you’d rather take it a bit easier then do not fear, there are three walking trails through the Spitzkoppe on which you can take in the beautiful scenery and even catch a glimpse of some ancient San rock art. 

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Enjoy the isolation and the long deep quiet of nature.


There is the Pontok Route (4 – 5 hours), the Matterhorn Route (6 – 8 hours) and the Bushman Circle Route (6 – 7 hours). All these routes must be done with guides in order to ensure there is a minimal impact on the fragile ecosystems around the Spitzkoppe.

WALK

The area is a national heritage site- so be mindful of where your feet fall.


Book as a day visitor or an overnight guest here

 

BY NIGHT

The Spitzkoppe by night.

 

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Gross Barmen Resort: An ancient hot spring brought back to life

  
  

Namibia Wildlife Resorts has reopened the doors to the hot springs of Gross Barmen. The once much-loved resort fell into disrepair, but is now back with brand new facilities and is sure to be a holiday hotspot once again. Whether you’re looking for a weekend retreat or just a day-get-away, there’s something for everyone at Gross Barmen...

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The Facilities

Take a long relaxing soak in the inside pool, which has been cooled from it’s natural temperature of 65°C to a heavenly 40°C. At 25°C, the outdoor swimming pool is sure to be a hit with the kids – not to mention the tennis courts and children’s playground.

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The indoor pools offer a break from the midday sun.


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While the outdoor pool lets guests recline in cool water while taking in the surrounds.


If you’re looking to just get away from it all, the health and hydro/medical spa centre provides a wide range of treatments, massages and health activities.

Enjoy a meal at the newly renovated restaurant or just enjoy watching the sunset as you sip on an ice-cold rock shandy after a good hot soaking.

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The restaurant treats guests to awesome food and beautiful vistas.

 

Around the Resort

If you feel like striking out from the resort you can take a wander along the banks of Swakop River or set out on a bush walk to clear your mind. With the natural springs that the resort is built near comes a very different type of ecology – the humid climate and concentrated area means you have a chance of spotting one of the 150 bird species at Gross Barmen. So bring your binoculars and bird books if you are a keen birder.

If you’d like to soak up the atmosphere for more than just a day, there’s plenty of refurbished accommodation at the resort to choose from:

Premier Chalet

Bush Chalet (2 Beds)

Family Chalet (4 Beds)

Premier Family Chalet (4 Beds)

Bush Chalet Single

Camp Site

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From private Jacuzzis...

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To beautifully appointed interiors...

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The refurbished resort is a must-visit.


Where to find the Gross Barmen Resort

Gross Barmen is located 100km from the capital city of Windhoek. It is also just 25km from Von Bach Dam (if you’d like to take a break from all the watersports!). If you’re a cyclist, you could even take a ride out to Gross Barmen from Okahandja - it’s about 27kms of peaceful road.

Click here to find Gross Barmen on Google maps,

To book a room or find out more info, visit the Gross Barmen page on the Namibia Wildlife Resorts website here.

 

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