Namibia is a really big country, spanning over 320,000 square miles (over 500,000 sq km) but is only inhabited by 2.2 million people making it a great destination to get away from the crowds and to unplug from civilization for awhile! This amazing country was initially inhabited by a variety of local ethnic tribes like the San Bushman and the Himba Tribes until it was colonized by the German's in the late 1880's, and to date, you will see a very strong German influence in the architecture, cuisine, newspapers and of course, beer houses! In fact, if you are an Octoberfest fan, visit Swakopmund where they host an annual fest!
Namibia is home to the oldest, driest and most uninhabited desert in the world, estimated to be at least 55 million years old. Namibia has the largest population of cheetahs and the largest concentration of rock art in Africa. The Skelton Coast is a favorite and considered the world's largest graveyard of ships and sailors and to the south, Namibia is home to the largest canyon in Africa and the second largest in the world. Namibia is broken down into 3 regions, rocky, desert and canyons. The north makes up the rocky, mountainous, green terrain, central making up the desert and the sand dunes and the south which is dominated by the canyons.
Namibia is a unique, diverse, year round destination that should definitely not be overlooked!
Fish River Canyon
Luderitz & Kolmanskop
Luderitz is a small quaint town on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The town grew back in the day, due to the diamond mining run, is well known for its German colonial buildings and the ghost town of Kolmanskop. In 1909 diamonds were first mined in Kolmanskop and Luderitz started to prosper. Both towns were wealthy, but once the extraction of diamonds was no longer profitable due to more suitable places found in South Africa, these towns started to suffer, with Kolmanskop being completely abandoned. Fun fact, the small buildings you see in the distance from Kolmanskop were the quarantine houses for the workers to make sure they did not swallow any diamonds before vacating the town for good! Since the abandonment of this town, the desert has been slowly encroaching and in some cases, engulfing the buildings. It is very picturesque and haunting.
With a population of only 18,000 people, Luderitz and Kolmanskop are one of the most inhospitable places in Namibia, but a must see!
Sossusvlei & Deadvlei
Etosha National Park
Otjiwarongo Nature Reserve
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