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Top 3 Places to Visit in Namibia

By Carolyn Tett | Jul 02

Carolyn Tett is Bushtracks' Co-Founder and Owner. Carolyn’s family has lived on the West Coast of the U. S. for six generations. She attended the University of California, Berkeley and, during her junior year, she studied at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland. While in the U.K, Carolyn met a charming and adventurous Zimbabwean, David Tett, who captivated her heart and instilled in her the fascination and thrill of travel, which they still share today. Many years, countless trips to Africa and two children later, Carolyn serves as the bridge between American sensibilities and David's grass-roots understanding of Africa. She is still active in sales and is a vigilant protector of the Bushtracks experience, continually working to ensure that our quality never wavers. Her passion for Africa and relentless demand for excellence have allowed us to maintain our high-level service as we've grown in the past 20 years, and will continue as we grow over the next two decades.

For many of our travelers, stunning Namibia tops the list of places they want to visit on their second trip to Africa. Alternatively – particularly for photographers -- a Namibia safari pairs beautifully with a Botswana program in the Okavango Delta, offering an unparalleled range of scenery and subject matter. When starting your planning, you’ll want to include these three destinations: all are proven favorites, offering landscapes, culture, and wildlife that can be experienced nowhere else on earth.

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1. Namib Desert: One of the World's Largest and Oldest Deserts

Marvel at the majestic dunes of the Namib Desert, one of the world’s largest and oldest deserts, as you explore on foot, or soar above them in a hot-air balloon. The undulating, orange dunes – captured in popular memory by the aerial scenes of the film The English Patient – are among the tallest in the world, with the tallest reaching 325 meters, or 1,066 feet, about the same height as New York City’s Chrysler Building. As if the stunning landscape and clear, starry skies weren’t reason enough to enjoy Sossusvlei, the area is home to desert-adapted flora and fauna such as ostriches, springbok, gemsbok, bat-eared foxes and aardwolves, all of which can be encountered on safaris in vehicles or on foot. One of our favorite desert retreats is Little Kulala, on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, with 11-thatched kulalas (or cottages) each with rooftop skybeds for stargazing and a private plunge pool.

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Himba Cultural Connection at Serra Cafema, Namibia: Photo by Bushtracks Expeditions

2. Himbas at Serra Cafema: One of Africa's Last Nomadic Tribes

Meet the nomadic Himba people, one of Africa’s last semi-nomadic tribes, living in relative isolation in the unforgiving landscape of northwest Namibia much as they have for generations. Of their traditions, the use of otjize, a thick reddish paste of butter, fat and red ochre, on women’s faces and hair has become an iconic image of Africa. The Kunene region and the Kunene River are home to the Himba, and offer you a study in contrasting landscapes staying at either the Okahirongo River Camp, which offers stunning river views and numerous ways to enjoy the riverine setting. Or, for a slightly more indulgent stay, Serra Cafema is an 18-bed luxury-tented, riverside camp inviting exploration of the contrasting sands and river oases on foot and quad bikes.

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Etosha National Park: Photo by Bushtracks Expeditions 

3. ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK: WILDLY DIVERSE AFRICAN WILDLIFE

See an array of wildlife at Namibia’s Watering Hole – Etosha National Park. Located in northwestern Namibia, the park’s defining characteristic is a salt pan so big it can be seen from space, and measuring 1,840 square miles. One of the most productive game-viewing parks in Africa, Etosha draws large numbers of animals to waterholes fed by subterranean springs – often offering a diversity of species drinking at the same time. You’ll have chances to encounter kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, zebra impala, elephant, lions, and both rare black and white rhino. On the eastern side of the park, stay at elegant Mushara Outpost, on the park’s doorstep. For a different perspective, stay at Ongava Lodge in the private Ongava Game Reserve on the park’s southern boundary, offering guided walks, photographic hides, and impressive views of the waterhole and surrounding plains.



Topics: Southern Africa, Namibia, Deserts of Africa

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