What to do in Namibia if we are on a ten day trip there. Few countries in Africa can be compared to the natural beauty of Namibia. Here are some of the most iconic desert landscapes on the planet: from the huge red dunes and valleys dotted with dry trees of Susosfle, to the sandy "sea" descending goes directly to the Atlantic off the coast of the skeletons. The country is named after the Namib Desert, which is considered the oldest in the world.
Inland, the mountainous areas of Naukluft, Svalbard, Brandberg and Damaraland, stretching like a "backbone" through the territory from north to south, give us a different perspective and even more impressive views. And the rivers and wetlands of the Caprivi strip to the northeast, as well as the endless grassy plains of the Kalahari, complement this overall image of Namibia as "true Africa." Namibia is one of the leading safari destinations in this part of the continent. Elephants, black rhinos, big cats (lions, leopards, cheetahs) and many species of antelopes and birds can be seen in the famous Etosha National Park.
Damaraland (northwestern Namibia) is home to elephants and lions that have adapted to desert conditions, and in the Caprivi strip, wildlife is gradually returning to the newly established Bwabwata and Nkasa Rupara parks. Here, as in many places in neighboring South Africa, there are private condoms - Erindi and Okonjima are considered leaders in Namibia. The history of the Namibian people is no less interesting - from the architecture and museums of Luderitz, Swakopmund and Windhoek, testifying to the colonial past of the country (which at times is quite difficult).
To meetings with the tribes of Himba (in the northwest) and San (in east), through which we touch an old, deeper wisdom that we, the "whites", cannot always understand. The feeling of remoteness, the palpable silence, the lack of any "living soul" within a visible radius of several kilometers, the sands, rocks and dusty roads - all this creates the feeling that we are on another planet. With the route in front of you we will try to move into this "wildness", while we have tried to combine most of the most interesting places in the country.
And notice, something pretty cool - we'll be in a bus truck out of a fantasy movie! A real adventure, especially since most of the road is not paved! The first stop on our journey is the Okonjima Reserve. Okonjima is home to the African Foundation, which cares for nature conservation and, in particular, African big cats, especially cheetahs.
During the afternoon tour you will be able to see up close some of the cheetahs covered by the Recovery Program. The best place to spend the night and dinner is in Okonjima Campsite-Omboroko. The next day, and not only then, we will visit the most important attraction in our trip Etosha National Park. Very famous park in Namizia and all over Africa.
We get on a high-speed jeep and in the late afternoon we feel the game drive for the first time. Literally translated it means driving around the game. Animal photos are a must. We spend the night in Namutoni Campsite. The next day we will cross the Etosha National Park, which is nearly 5,000 square kilometers of desert, cracked mud, a depression that shines on mirages. The animal world is small, except when it rains for a few days.
On the whole territory of their park there are about 30 springs and wells "water holes", where we will see elephants, lions, antelopes, rhinos and others drinking water. Stay overnight at Okaukuejo Campsite. We continue to the Spitzkoppe, not accidentally called the "Matterhorn of Namibia" - a group of sharp granite peaks over 120 million years old, which rise sharply to a height of about 670 m above the surrounding dry plains (and a total of 1728 m above sea level) level). We will also see the beautiful rock arch, where scenes from the movie "2001: Space Odyssey" were shot.