4 gorgeous views in Namibia

4 gorgeous views in Namibia

Look out over spectacular deserts, spy on wildlife or gaze at the stars - Tom Shearman from Andean Trails shares what to see in Namibia

Shh… One of Africa's best game viewing countries, one of the safest places to visit and many people in the cities and tribes speak English. 

Tell me more… There's a dizzying honeymoon mix of beauty, few tourists and luxurious accommodation in unbelievably beautiful and remote locations.

One wants adventure, the other to relax. One wants freedom to roam, the other likes plans. And both love experiencing different cultures, seeing wildlife and jaw-dropping scenery. So where to go? Step forward please, Namibia. This is the Africa safari holiday people dream of and yet cannot seem to quite find.

Although not the most well known of honeymoon destinations, Namibia offers everything from wild camps to safari luxury. Visitors are actively encouraged to try self drive holidays; the friendly locals are always keen to help, and the safety of the open roads which lead to remote places to visit make the self drive a must.

From the simply abundant wildlife to the spectacular desert landscapes to the wide empty spaces, Namibia gives you a freedom to get everything you want from a honeymoon, and more. So if it's not already on your list, add it now!

It's in the stars

Namibia bathes under a veritable blanket of stars, and the country's lack of a large human population and cities means that its terrestrial view of the galaxy is almost unrivalled.

The top camp for star-gazers is Wolwedans Private Camp, which was recently was awarded 'International Dark Sky' status. Catering to a maximum of four people only, this open-plan suite gives 360 degrees of the desert and animals among a luxury unrivalled in the open plains.

(Not sure what you need to pack for stargazing? Daisy Cropper shares her tips here)

Tree top sleeping and wildlife seeing

For an up close view of Namibia's wildlife in an impossible to forget setting, try the Onguma Tree Top Camp by the world famous Etosha National Park - the country's prime game park.

The camp is built on wooden stilts amongst the canopy, overlooking one of the most beautiful watering holes on Onguma Game Reserve where giraffe, zebra, lions and more come to drink. You may be lucky to spot the Dik Dik, Namibia's smallest antelope (which mates for life) or one of Namibia's 2,500 free roaming leopards - the world's largest population.

Sand dunes and sundowners you'll never forget

Another world best - Namibia boasts the world's highest sand dunes. Doesn't grab you? Read on. Located in the Namib desert and a beautiful, dusky red colour, the dunes are interspersed rocky mountains and gravel plains, as well as home to the famous Namib Desert elephants.

These hardy elephants are specially adapted to survive the harsh desert environment by living in small groups, having a smaller body mass and, it seems, longer legs than their plains-living cousins.

Sossusvlei is the best place to stretch out, sundowner in hand, and watch day turn to night; a sunset unrivalled for its burning amber ferocity followed by the dotted inkiness of a desert night. And who could resist the unmissable possibility of a 'chin chin' with an elephant?

Coastal ghosts

Stretching more than 1,500km along the Atlantic coastline, Namibia's spookily name Skeleton Coast has more than earned its reputation. It's a no-man's land of starkly spectacular proportions; bleached whale bones and rusting hulks of shipwrecks line miles of empty sand; the shores sparkle with gem stones; and a few resilient animals - jackal, oryx, desert-adapted elephant - patrol the dunes.

This shouldn't detract you from visiting what is now a completely protected coastline, rich in history and some incredible stories of survival among the many shipwrecks the rocks have claimed...

It's best to witness this vastness  from above: up here you can see in wide-screen the battle of land and sea, which the relentless Atlantic appears to be winning.

Oh, and if you forgot that all-important ring: Namibia is the world's largest producer of diamonds.

Bio

Tom Shearman lives in Barcelona, Spain, and has worked for 10 years at Andean Trails, specialists who offer self-drive tours in Namibia (www.andeantrails.co.uk ) as well as South America Tailor Made and Adventure Holidays

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