Why an Exciting Namibian Safari is Just What You Need
Office life letting you feel a bit under the weather? The Namibian Explorer Overland Safari is exactly what you need to escape the office walls for a few days and clear your mind.
Namibia or Namibië (in the Afrikaans language) means “open plains” in the ancient Hottentot language. Its vast horizons and moonlike terrain give a wonderful feeling of space and freedom.
Nambia was internationally known as South West Africa until 1968 and is located on the southwestern coast of Africa. Filled with desert dunes, mountains, canyons, and savannas, it’s a magnificent country for the avid traveller to explore.
Windhoek is the national capital of Namibia and is located in the centre of the popular country. The town is about 1,225 km north of Cape Town, South Africa and about 650 km north of the Orange River.
The town is surrounded by hills which helps protect it from the dry winds. Before European settlements, Windhoek was known as Aigams, meaning “hot water”, because of the hot springs found in the region.
Etosha National Park
Declared a National Park in 1907, Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s finest and most crucial Game Reserves. Covering an area of 22 270 square km, the park is home to over 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species, and surprisingly, one species of fish.
With its flat open saltpans, it is easy to see why the local people call it “The Great White Place”. The pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago and covers around 25% of the park. Originally the pan was a lake fed by the Kunene River, however, the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and caused the lake to dry up.
The Namib Desert is said to be one of the oldest deserts in the world and you will climb some of the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei. The desert covers large parts of Namibia including parts of South Africa and Angola.
The desert is also home to numerous plants and animals, some of which are unique to the area and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon, located in Namibia, is the second-largest canyon in the world and largest in Africa.
It features a massive ravine which stretches to around 160 km in length, 27 km in width, and some places reach a depth of 550 metres.
The Fish River Canyon is the most visited tourist attraction in Namibia.
During the Namibian Explorer Overland Safari, you’ll explore the majestic Table Mountain. Table Mountain is part of the New7Wonders of Nature and reaches a magnificent height of 1 085 metres allowing its visitors to have an amazing view of the city of Cape Town, South Africa.
The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and was given the name in 1998. The TMNP is home to over 8200 plant species, 80% of which is fynbos.