Cape Town - Namibia often features in conversations on the most popular tourist-friendly destinations in Sub-Saharan Africa surface.
Apart from its remarkable wildlife, which includes desert dwelling elephants and the endangered black rhino, there are quite a number of other driving attractions too.
The network of game parks and landscapes found along its unique coastlines are amongst the most photographed landscapes in the world. Traditional culture remains a priority and many tourists travel to Namibia, specifically to meet the Himba people in the far north-west or the famed San people of the Kalahari.
The country vast and still very much in its natural form – and is said to be ideal for eco-tourist.
PICS: The first cross-border run between Namibia and SA looks so EPIC
Though there are many reasons to visit this remarkable destination, here are eight quirky reasons why you should consider taking a trip to Namibia:
Second least densely populated country in the world
Fond of wide open spaces and getting away from the crowds? Well then, Namibia would be your best bet as a holiday destination. Simply because Namibia is the second least densely populated country on earth after Mongolia.
Namibia is known as the 'Gem of Africa' - an ideal destination for eco tourists
For those of you who are conscious of preserving the planet, especially during your travel trips, Namibia is a rather unique destination for eco-tourists. A large percentage of the country is still in natural form and is home to quite a number of natural wonders.
Traveller24 also recently featured the Brown Hyena Research Project, foundded by Dr Ingrid Wiesel who first studied hyenas in the Elizabeth Bay ghost town area of southern Namibia in 2001.
The Africat Foundation's wildlife conservation efforts in the heart of beautiful heart of Namibia - giving orphaned cheetahs a chance to return to the wild as well as assessing whether rehabilitation is a successful means of conserving an endangered population and also allows for the number of cheetahs in captivity to be reduced.
Also Maria Diekmann of REST (Rare and Endangered Species Trust, Namibia - vultures, pangolins) will be taking from Jan 2017 - keep an eye on the REST Facebook page for details of the visitors centre.
Home to one of Africa’s fines PARKS – Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park reigns supreme in Africa as a result of its size and wide variety of wildlife. Africa’s tallest elephants, the endangered black rhino, as well as 91 other species of mammals only, can be spotted in this park. Photographers usually flock to the waterholes in the park during the dry season to capture epic photos of the wildlife.
SEE: Not Far From Home: Why Namibia Is Any Photographer’s Dream
Home to the Kalahari and the Namib
Namibia is home to two of the most spectacular deserts in the world with unique wildlife and indigenous scenery. These deserts are the Kalahari and the Namib.
The Kalahari Desert is a large, partially arid sandy savanna in southern Africa and extends for 900 000 square kilometres, covering a large part of Botswana, parts of Namibia, and some regions of South Africa.
The Namib is a unique, coastal desert also in southern Africa. The name ‘Namib’ is of Nama origin, which means ‘vast place’… the name ultimately describes the country.
SEE: Driving Namibia
Stargazing in the Namib and Damaraland
There’s nothing as relaxing as staring into clear night skies and just observing the stars on a warm summer’s evening. If you are into stargazing then you simply have to take a trip to Namibia’s Namib Desert or Damaraland to admire the beautiful milky way.SEE: Damaraland: Namibia's best-kept secret
Highest sand dunes in the world
Sossusvlei, also known as the salt and clay pan, is said to be home to the highest sand-dunes in the world! Dune7 is definitely regarded as one of Namibia’s most prominent landmarks comprising of striking red sand and sand boarders from all over the world flock to this desert to challenge the most daring sand dunes in the world.
The world’s largest underground lake
The Dragon’s Breath Cave in Namibia holds the largest underground lake in the world. The lake contains crystal clear water as it is shielded from the outside elements. As a result of the lake being underground, the water temperature remains consistent and stable and the only life in the lake is white shrimp and worm-like creatures.
Over 300 days of sunshine on average per year
Namibia can also be labelled as an all-year-round holiday destination as the country receives 300 days of sunlight each year… now that’s a sunny place! No need for you to wait until the summer season. Just pack your sunhat and take a trip to this stunning destination.
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