NAMIBIA – 7 THINGS NOT TO MISS
Etosha National Park
Not to be forgotten is, of course, the Etosha National Park, popular as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. It is home to 114 species of mammals including four of the Big Five.
The main areas that attract visitors are the Etosha Pan and the many waterholes. Etosha Pan is a huge expanse that takes up 25% of the park and can be seen from space. It is without a doubt the largest Salt Pan in Africa.
Within the park, the accommodation is limited to basic rest camps operated by Namibian Wildlife Resorts such as Namutomi or Okakeujo. For a more luxurious option and the chance to spend some time away from the other vehicles, people tend to opt for private reserves outside the park. Ongava, Mushara and Onguma are good examples of this. It is possible to self-drive or arrange a scheduled game drive into the park from these locations.
The Caprivi Strip is a narrow, stretch of land in Namibia that separates Botswana from Angola. It is a popular route with self-drivers as they make their way through Namibia into Botswana and Victoria Falls.
It is much more than just a driving route though, it’s worth stopping off and enjoying the Zambezi River, either a boat cruise, or tiger fishing. The Popa Falls and Nkasa Lupala & Mudumu National parks are worth a detour if you have the time.
Hakusembe River Lodge is a good midway point and a comfortable lodge to enjoy the area and break up the journey
Damaraland & Twyfelfontein
This area has to be included. Twyfelfontein is famous for the ancient rock art sites, which include numerous detailed carvings and a small number of paintings thought to have been carved 2000-2500 years ago.
Nearby is the Petrified Forest. Not strictly speaking a forest but collection of huge fossilized tree trunks thought to be in the region of 280 million years old.
Further research has shown these trunks were washed downriver when one of the many Ice Ages ended on the Gondwana continent. A huge flood must have resulted in the trunks being washed to where they lie today.
The wildlife is still also a draw in this area. Nature drives and guided walks give an insight into the unique plants, mammals and reptiles that have made this desert their home. A chance to see the Desert-adapted elephants is particularly fascinating.
We hope we have inspired you to think about your next Namibia safari holiday…