Namibia

Namibia

Namibia boasts stunning wildlife, savage coastlines, rugged mountains, amazing deserts and in addition a striking diversity of cultures and national origins. It has a fabulous range of mammal and bird species, many of which are endemic. Modern Namibia still preserves the rich indigenous cultures of its tribes – the Bushmen, Himbas, Hereros, Ovambos and Damara.

Enjoy the observation and tracking of wildlife, learn ancient  land techniques from the Bushmen, enjoy their hospitality and their spirit will stay in your memories forever and you’ll dream about coming back for the rest of your life.

Namibian Wildlife

The shear abundance and variety of wildlife of all sizes is staggering. From big species such as the lion, elephant, giraffe, cheetah and rhino to a richness of small species. Namibia has 26 parks and reserves making its abundant wildlife one of its greatest tourist assets. The most famous of these parks is the Etosha National Park which harbours 114 mammal species. Namibia’s endangered species include the Wild Dog, the Black Rhino, the Oribi and the Puku. There are over twenty species of antelope in Namibia ranging from the largest, the Eland, to the smallest, the Damara dik-dik.

The people

The San are direct descendants of Stone Age hunter-foragers, aboriginal inhabitants of southern Africa and East Africa. Europeans called them Bushmen, a name still in use in Namibia.

The Damara were originally hunter-foragers like the San. Damaraland is no longer reserved for their exclusive ocupation, although the inhabitants are still mostly Damara. They farm with cattle and goats.

The Herero were seminomadic herders, like the Masai of East Africa, and the cattle is the centre of their culture.

The Ovambo established a number of kingdoms on the floodplains in the north of the Etosha Pan, where the majority of them still live. They are primarily agrarian people, with eight tribes in Namibia, the largest being the Kwanyama and Ndonga. Another four tribes live across the northern border in Angola.

What places do we visit?

Damaraland – a semi deserted area of central and northern Namibia.

The Caprivi Strip – links northern Namibia with the southern African countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Khaudum Park – lies between Bushmanland and the Kavango. It’s a remote un-fenced park.

Kalahari Desert – much of eastern Namibia is covered by the Kalahari. This desert area is covered by small red dunes.

Etosha National Park – one of the world’s greatest game parks.

Erongo massif – the massif lies in a triangle between the villages of Omaruru, Karibib and Usakos, where desert lands edge into thorn-bush savannah. Erongo is considered to be an endemic hotspot for plants, reptiles, birds and small mammals. In addition, its granite surfaces hold numerous prehistoric paintings.

Tsumkwe – a village in bushmanland, close to the Nyae Nyae Pan and the Kaudom Game Reserve.

Windhoek – the capital city of Namibia.

 

Who travels with us to Namibia?

Adventure seekers and the ones who are prepared to let themselves go to the unexpected.

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