Namibia is a country of startling contrasts that straddle two great deserts: the Namib and the Kalahari. The Namib Desert is the oldest desert on the planet and its sea of red sand lines the entire Atlantic coastline, while the eastern interior is home to the Kalahari, a vast and sparsely vegetated savannah that sprawls across the border into neighboring countries. Namibia is a large country, encompassing over 319,000 sq. miles (which makes it larger than France and Great Britain combined), yet it supports a population of only 1.8 million.
The National Parks and Game Reserves boast a huge variety of wildlife in an array of environments: Giraffes amble across the blinding white saltpans of Etosha National Park, Oryx plunge headlong up steep red dunes at Sossusvlei, and seals in their many thousands colonize lonely beaches along the Skeleton Coast. The contrasts are everywhere for the visitor to savor, enjoy and photograph. Namibia has rapidly become a well-known safari destination, known for its remote and intimate lodges, interaction with the indigenous people as well as the wildlife, and offering unique opportunities in becoming involved with the cultural heritage of its people.
Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park offers the best game viewing in Namibia. Etosha is famous for its vast size (it is almost 9,000 square miles) and for having over 90 species of mammals and over 300 species of birds. The park's focal point is the Etosha Pan - a huge flat saline desert, in the eastern sector of the park. The saline and mineral residues together with moisture from perennial springs attract an immense number and variety of game and birds. Additionally, a number of waterholes around the park offer excellent places to view game. Etosha National Park enables guests to really explore the Park and wildlife while being in an uncrowded, wonderful area.
The sand dunes at Sossusvlei are one of the most remarkable sites in Africa. Sossusvlei is one of four areas in the Namib-Naukluft National Park (the largest national park in Africa) and is home to some of the tallest sand dunes in the World. The soaring height of the dunes combined with the gorgeous red colored sand; create a breathtaking visual that is best viewed at sunrise or sunset. A number of exciting activities allow guests to explore the dunes and take stunning photos.