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Namibia

Namibian FlagNamibia never fails to enthrall its visitors, to charge the fantasies and imaginations of narrators in their efforts to aptly describe the many-facetted grandeur and harsh splendour of this desert country. So many words have been written and told, and still poets do not tire to invent attributes to do justice to its unique, ever-varying magnificence. Namibia is located in southwest Africa. It is a large and mainly arid country sharing borders with Angola to the north, Botswana to the east, South Africa to the south and, in the Caprivi Strip, a narrow panhandle of Namibian territory jutting from the northeast corner of the country, with Zambia and Zimbabwe. Namibia with its wide-open spaces and good road network provides for easy self-drive trips, however driving on gravel roads and long distances has had its toll on plenty a visitor. Although the country and regions is easily accessible some regions do lend themselves to some serious “off-roading” meaning that tracks which insist on the driver knowing his stuff, do exist and will satisfy any urge, however off-roading does not mean to literally chase all over the place ruining the pristine environment and for those who will follow.

Traveling through Namibia may include the more remote parts of Damaraland, the Ugab and Huab valleys to follow elephants during their daily wanderings, as well as an extensive visit to the rugged and sparsely populated Kaokoland with its Himba inhabitants. The Namib Desert, the oldest in the world, is reputed to house some of the largest sand dunes on this planet. Come conquer these constantly shifting and powerfully towering beauties by zooming down the sheer slip faces on a traditional Swakopmund sandboard, catch your breath and gasp at the slope as you lie face down, dangling over the edge of the slip face, before being pushed off the edge and sent on your way down the curving rolling, sandy slopes.