6 top attractions in Namibia | Private jet charter
Namibia, located in southwest Africa, is a superb holiday destination. The country boasts a significant wildlife population, thanks to effective conservancy. Namibia’s capital Windhoek, located in the central highlands, has visible evidence of its German colonial past in its historic buildings. Etosha National Park attracts plenty of game, including giraffe and rhinos, thanks to its massive salt pan. While at Sossusvlei, visitors can explore the world’s largest sand dunes. Here are 6 reasons to visit Namibia via private jet charter.
Although a small capital city, Windhoek has plenty of charm and hosts Namibia’s main airport. It’s located in the country’s Central Highlands and still has visible evidence of its German colonial past in the historic buildings. The city has a laidback vibe with a great café culture, restaurants and street vendors selling African art. We recommend staying here a few days before heading off to discover the rest of the country.
Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is the gateway to Northern Namibia and Ovamboland. It is Namibia’s prime wildlife location and home to a large variety of mammals and birds. Etosha means the ‘great white area’ which refers to the large dried pan in the middle of the Park.
The Onguma Game Reserve comprises 34,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife, including over 30 different animal species. You’ll see kudu, giraffe, zebra and impala. Lion, cheetah and leopards are regularly seen as well as black rhinos.
Fish River Canyon
The world’s second largest canyon, located in Namibia’s far south, holds the spectacular Fish River, which itself flows into the Orange River on the border with South Africa. Hire a car and explore the Mars-like landscapes and impressive cliffs towering over the water half a kilometre below. Size matters here: The Fish River is 161km long, 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest. It’s also a seasonal river, so it only flows in the rainy season between January and April.
Namibia’s enigmatic Skeleton Coast is an explorer’s dream: windswept dunes and desert, shipwrecks and whalebones are the lost legacies of a once-booming industry, the region’s forbidding nature has enticed and defeated in equal measure. The region begins north of Swakopmund right up to the Angolan border encompassing around 2 million hectares of gravel and dune plains, and 500km of shoreline. Divided by rivers, this national park can be visited in organised tours, or apply for a permit to visit the rugged north under your own steam.
NamibRand Nature Reserve
This privately owned nature conservancy in southern Namibia offers visitors a chance to explore and contribute to the protection of unique ecology and wildlife of the south-west Namib Desert. You’ll discover four habitats on the NamibRand Nature Reserve: dunes and sandy plains, inselbergs and mountains, gravel plains, and sand and gravel plains.
Probably the most photographed of all Namibia’s attractions, Sossusveli is a salt and clay pan in the southern Namib Desert encircled by massive red sand dunes. It forms part of the largest conservation area in Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The incredible dunes here reach a height of 400m. The park is very accessible since 60km of the 65km drive to the area is paved, and shuttles give access to the final 5km if you don’t have a 4WD. Make sure you have good photographic equipment to capture the majesty of the star sand hill, Dune 45.
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