Discovering Namibia

Adapted from: http://afri-culture.com/discovering-namibia-part-2/

Caprivi

Caprivi is one of the 13 regions of Namibia, standing out with 6 ethnic tribes with the Lozi dialect being common among the tribes. It got the name ‘Caprivi Strip’ from a German Chancellor, General George Leo von Caprivi di Caprara di Montecuccoli when Germany settled in this territory. Caprivi prides with a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat within riverine forests that has over 600 species of birds, the Big 5 among others plus 4 other National Parks which are Bwabwata, Mamili, Mudumu and mahango. With an amazing geography, Victoria fall and the Zambezi River makes traveling to Namibia worth your money and time

View of Caprivi's natural terrain. Photo Credit: Ck+ via Compfight cc

View of Caprivi’s natural terrain. Photo Credit: Ck+ via Compfight cc

Kalahari

The Kalahari Desert covers East and South of Namibia and is found in 6 other countries: Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, DRC Congo as well as Angola. The area covered by Namibia is characterized by porous sandy soils, but its northern part is a much wetter. This iconic African landmark is home to the San Bushmen, whose history can be seen through their excellent rock art in the Damaraland region. These Bushmen are known to have a unique ‘click’ language. While exploring the desert’s natural terrain, it is not uncommon to see the purple-glossed snake, scorpions and several other desert wildlife common here, just be sure to keep an eye out. Fortunately, Namibia tourist firms offer guided tours through the desert for any visitor who needs to experience the desert life.

Kalahari Desert by day. Photo Credit: (qifei) via Compfight cc

Kalahari Desert by day. Photo Credit: (qifei) via Compfight cc

Windhoek

This capital city of Namibia is located on the floors of Auas, Khomas and Eros Mountains, north of Orange River. It is practically located in the center of Namibia’s territorial borders, giving the country’s leadership ease of governance and development. For tourists, Windhoek is the perfect location for planning any trips into the interior corners or Namibia. Day and night life in Windhoek is spectacular; European and German cuisines attract a passing glance into full glare and taste of the town. Here you will be satiated with sizable portions of meat prepared to the guest’s pleasure and choice of flavour. Tourists are treated to a variety of locally brewed cold beers, and plenty – and I mean plenty – of quality meat served form the variety of restaurants, bars and night clubs. Once you’ve had your fill, you have a long list of places to stay ranging from economic, business and luxury-class hotels and lodges.

Entrance into Windhoek. Photo Credit: Alejandro Gabriel Alonso via Compfight cc

Entrance into Windhoek. Photo Credit: Alejandro Gabriel Alonso via Compfight cc

The Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast National Park is found at the Namibian Coastline. The park is an approximate 500km stretch from the Kunene River to Ugab River down south. The name ‘Skeleton Coast’ came from the famous shipwrecks and bones discovered lined on that beach. Most of the bones were human bones associated with sailors that had walked hundreds of Kilometers through the Namibian deserts searching for water and food. The Bushmen in this region called the ‘Land God Made in Anger’ and the Portuguese referred to it as ‘The Gates of Hell’. For anyone who would wish to see these world’s archeologically celebrated findings, they will have to visit this Skeleton Coast Park through a scenic flight. Carry with you enough memory in your fully charged camera for photography enthusiasts.

Skeleton Coast shipwreck. Photo Credit: drwhimsy via Compfight cc

Skeleton Coast shipwreck. Photo Credit: drwhimsy via Compfight cc

Luderitz

Founded in 1883, Luderitz began as a simple trading post, fishing and guano harvesting coastal harbor. It is historically linked to Adolf Lüderitz from Bremen who purchased the land it sits on from a local Nama chief. Diamonds were later discovered on this land which pulled it to international fame. However, Luderitz has not grown ever since its diamonds ‘moved’ offshore and the fact that its shallow depth harbor has a rock bottom making it impossible for modern ships to dock. Luderitz has received international appeal from its ‘old town’ nature that has never changed with historic building built from the proceeds of diamonds then, still standing the test of time today.  Kolmanskop Ghost Town in Luderitz is a must visit, coupled with informative tours for tourists who can be treated to the bowling alley too. There are numerous hotels, guest houses for accommodation and several activities for anyone thinking of visiting this destination.

Kolmanskop Ghost Town in Luderitz. Photo Credit: leonoos via Compfight cc

Kolmanskop Ghost Town in Luderitz. Photo Credit: leonoos via Compfight cc

 Source Credit: Visit Afri-Culture.com

Written by: Dennis Matara
Contributing Tourism Editor

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