In the far north of Namibia, the Caprivi region provides a stunning contrast to the rest of this arid country. Bordered by Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana this strip of land is transformed into verdant paradise washed by waters of four great perennial African rivers – the Kwando, Kavango, Chobe and the mighty Zambezi.
Etosha National Park, the ‘place of dry water’ with is vast mirage-inducing saltpan and abundant animal and birdlife is the premier game-viewing destination in Namibia. The Park is a 22 270 square kilometre (8598 square mile) reserve that encompasses Etosha Pan, a relic of an ancient lake.
Damaraland, also known as the Kunene Region, is a vast area covering the north-west and central parts of Namibia that is famed for its extraordinary rugged, untamed scenery. It is characterised by ancient dry watercourses with valleys, open plains and grasslands, massive rocky outcrops and deep gorges.
“Timeless” is the word most often used to describe Swakopmund, a historic German colonial era town that is a favourite holiday destination for both locals and visitors. Situated south west of Windhoek on the foggy Atlantic coast in the Namib Desert, it is a somewhat surreal and gracious hamlet set amidst sea and sand.
Most visitors to Namibia start and end their holidays in Windhoek; and this interesting and attractive city, surrounded by rugged, dry mountains, is well worth exploring. Windhoek is an enticing melting pot of African and European cultures situated on the sloping plain of the northern Khomas Hochland (meaning ‘Highlands’) in the centre of Namibia.