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Sites To See On Your 4 Day Namibia Vacation
Etosha National Park
A trip to this Southern African country is not complete without visiting Etosha National Park; one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth. This park is home to more than 115 species of animals, both large and small, and more than 340 bird species. A hundred million years ago, Etosha would have been lying in the middle of an expansive inland lake that dried up due to continental drift. All that was left as a reminder of the lake is a white, chalky clay that characterizes much of the landscape.
Stay At A Lodge Near The Park
The big five animals of the African savannah; elephants, lions, cheetahs, rhinoceros and leopards are found roaming around this park. Etosha houses the biggest population of black rhino and black mane lions; both of which are endangered species. The best time to visit this park is between the dry May and October winter months when animals stay close to waterholes. There are several tourist lodges in the park which offer excellent game viewing facilities. Tourists can enjoy viewing the park from hot air balloons or traverse the treacherous savannah on a safari.
See The Skeleton Coast
This ominous name refers to a stretch of the Namibian coastline known for its dense fogs, rough current and violent storms. Many ships have been wrecked along this coastline, earning it the title of worlds greatest ship graveyard. The desolate coastline is littered with rotting ship frames and the bones of whales and seals.
Cool Things To See On The Coast
The dreaded coastline borders a sequence of sand dunes that rise several meters above the sea providing a magnificent backdrop to the otherwise grim coast. Scores of fish live in the chilly waters providing an opportunity for sea based fishing adventures.
Swakopmund is the biggest coastal town in Namibia and a premier tourist destination during the hot summer months (September to November). The town is a boiling point of culture, harboring a mix of African communities and traces of German colonialists. The streets of the city are lined with palm trees and old, German-styled colonial buildings.
While the waters of the Atlantic may be too chilly to enjoy swimming, tourists can partake in seaside fishing or watching whales and dolphins. The shimmering sand dunes of the Namib Desert border the city and are a great attraction for sand boarding, wind gliding and quad biking.
WHOA! Fish River Canyon Is A ‘Can’t Miss’ Spot For Your Vacation
The Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa and second in grandeur only to Arizonas Grand Canyon. The gorge threads through one hundred miles of stony plateau and spans over fifteen miles in some places. The banks of the gorge drop sharply to reach a depth of 550 meters in some locations.
The Fish River Canyon is home to animals such as zebra, antelope, hyrax, impala, kudu, baboons and ostriches. Other than game watching, hiking is also a popular tourist activity in this area. Strong-willed adventurers can embark on the grueling Fish River hiking trail which covers 86 kilometers in four days. This trail does not feature any lodges or comfortable stopovers. Participants live in tents and have to carry their supplies for the expedition. This popular hiking trip normally takes place during the cool months between May and August.
In the heart of the sun-scorched Namib Desert, lie the Sossusvlei sand dunes. These are perhaps the most outstanding landscape attractions in the country. The Sossusvlei has the highest range of sand dunes in the world formed over several million years. The golden brown dunes are set in a sea of white, chalky clay that formed millions of years ago. The Sossusvlei is a haven for desert photographers especially during sunrise and sunset when the colors of the dunes are constantly changing. There are several tourist resorts in the area that provide fun activities such as hang gliding, sand boarding, hiking and quad biking.
This is a 280 mile strip of land that juts out in North-East Namibia bordering Angola, Zambia and Botswana. It is the wettest region of the country with four major rivers (Zambezi, Chobe, Kwando and Okavango) and experiencing high amounts of rainfall. The Caprivi Strip teems with wildlife and beauty all year long, unlike most parts of the country. This makes the area ideal for water-based safaris. Tourists can engage in bird watching, wildlife watching and extreme adventures such as bungee jumping, white water rafting and jet boarding on the rapids of the Zambezi.
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