When visiting Namibia, you will most likely arrive to its capital, Windhoek. It’s a convenient point to start your tour and can become an excellent base for any excursion throughout the country. The northern portion of the Namibian Central Region is known for its astonishing diversity of animals and wild birds. A common place for tourists to visit is mineral springs in holiday resorts located near Windhoek. The Namib Region that stretches between Skeleton Coasts and Oranjemund is consisted mostly of national parks. The Namib Naukluft Park is believed to be the fourth biggest in the world that covers nearly 50,000 square kilometers. It’s a diverse landscape with hardy desert plants, which are quite scenic for many photographers.
The Namib Desert is home to a living fossil, the pre-historic plant of Welwitschia Mirabilis. The area also has endemic dune-dwelling creatures. The Skeleton Coast National Park has plenty of hardy desert animals that congregate in any watering spots. The vistas of sand dunes and distant craggy mountains enhance the overall park. Swakopmund is a popular coastal resort that dates back to the 19th century. It’s a German colonial town that offers various excursion possibilities. About 30km of Swakopmund is the Walvis Bay, which is a popular port town and there’s a lagoon nearby that hosts a big flock of pelicans, flamingos and other water birds. Luderitz is located between the coast and desert, which is among the earliest German settlement in the country. The ghost town of Kolmanskop nearby is also a good place to visit.
The northern region of Namibia is fertile and highly cultivated, which is sustained by subterranean lakes. The Etosha National Park is a major wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It’s an open plains with dense bush and prolific wildlife. You can visit the mining town of Otavi, which is sheltered by the Tsumeb and Otavi Mountains. The town of Damaraland has high mountain range, rolling grassland and contrasting desert. You may find rare animals, rock paintings and unusual geological features. You may also go to Khorixas with volcanic landscape with footprints of dinosaurs. The Petrified Forest has massive tree trunks that are scattered across the plains among the hardy desert plants.
Fountain of Doubt or Twyfelfontein is located near the Petrified Forest and it offers spectacular rock engravings and paintings that date back thousands of years. Nearby, there’s a desolate volcanic rock landscape, known as Burnt Mountain. The Organ Pipes are perpendicular basalt formation. The Brandberg Range is the tallest peak in Namibia at 2,573 meters above sea level. You could go to the Caprivi Strip, that is ideal for adventurous travellers with waterways, swamps, forests and rivers. The southern region of Namibia is a start difference, with dry, hot and desolate landscape. Brukkaros is an extinct volcano that looms over the plain. Ai-Ais is an increasingly popular hot spring resort. In a protected area near Keetmanshoop there are the Quiver Tree Forest and the kokerboom, which is a species of aloe that could survive a severe drought.