The country of Namibia is a large territory on the west coast of southern Africa, and is one that has been developing its own identity since it gained independence from South Africa in 1990. One of the main differences is that Namibia is formerly a German colony, and this culture is felt in the language that is spoken in the country and the heritage of the people who live in the country. The country also benefits from superb natural resources, with beautiful scenery and is also known for producing some of the world’s best diamonds.
See The Rock Engravings At Twyfelfontein
Twyfelfontein is the name for a valley in the north west of Namibia where the native people of the country have been living and hunting for thousands of years, which is noted for the superb rock engravings and paintings found in the caves in the area. Some estimates suggest that the earliest art here could be as much as ten thousand years old, with the paintings depicting men, animals and creatures of legend. As well as the fifteen individual sites in the area where the rock art has been found, this part of Namibia is also near several other important natural attractions in the north west of the country.
Hiking In The Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon hiking trail is one of the most popular long distance walks in southern Africa, and is located inland in the south of Namibia. The trail itself is around ninety kilometers in length, and takes visitors along the course of the Fish River for almost the entire length of the canyon, which is the second longest canyon in the world, offering some sensational views. The route is known for the harsh climate for much of the year, and for the safety of visitors hiking is only allowed in a narrow season between the first of May and the fifteenth of September.
Climb The Spitzkoppe
The Spitzkoppe is a group of granite mountains located in the Namib desert region on the west coast of the country. Rock climbing in the Spitzkoppe is one of the most popular visitor activities in this region of Namibia, and is noted for offering quite technical climbing routes that tend to be very exposed, meaning it is a destination for experienced climbers. The peaks are visible for miles around, as they rise seven hundred meters above the plains that surround them, and offer some excellent climbing challenges for those looking for a remote and isolated climbing challenge.
Explore The Desert In Kaokoland
Kaokoland is the arid region of Namibia that is a short distance inland from the Skeleton Coast National Park, and is a great place to find out more about the desert itself and the native tribes that live here. One of the interesting experiences available in Kaokoland is the cultural visit to the Himba people, who still faithfully maintain their traditional way of life whilst also introducing this to the visitors. The area is also a good place to spot animals such as the black rhinos, mountain zebras, giraffes and springboks.