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The country’s name derives from it’s oldest desert, the Namib. The grand and vast emptiness of Namib Desert will captivate any traveller. With soaring red dunes, desert adapted wildlife, mountains, sea and safaris this is one iconic destination in Africa.
From the sand sea and perfect dead-tree valleys at Sossusvlei to the sentinel-like sand dunes plunging down to the sea on the Skeleton Coast, Namibia is a visual delight.
The enormous red dunes of Sossusvlei is a classic Namib desert scenery unique to Namibia. The red sand dunes with sharply curved ridges are perfectly sculpted – by nature. Named according to their height – Dune 45, dune 60, big daddy, big mama each dune is more challenging than the other.
Further inland, a spine of mountain ranges creates glorious scenery – the Naukluft Mountains, the Brandberg, Spitzkoppe, Damaraland, and the jaw-dropping Fish River Canyon, 2nd only to the Grand Canyon in sheer size.
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The population of Namibia is unevenly distributed with about 60% of people living in the northern regions, while the southern and coastal areas are almost unpopulated. Namibia's population can be divided into (at least) 11 ethnic groups, the biggest group of which is the Owambo people. The Himba and San tribes are amongst one of the oldest living humans on this planet. As a country Namibia is still trying to find a national identity, but each of the countries cultural groups has its own rich heritage and traditions. Namibian cuisine is a melting pot of different flavours, with strong influences coming from both the German colonial era as well as South African dishes. One of their specialties is the Potjiekos, a meal comprising of meat and vegetable stew-style dishes for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. For those wanting to try just a glimpse of Namibian cuisine, Fat Cakes made of flour, yeast and sunflower oil are the perfect mouth-watering combination of barbecued cuts of seasoned red meat, vegetables and chillies. This is most definitely one of the most unusual delicacies we have come across!
The Namib Desert is said to be over 55 million years old! The desert is large, stretching for 2000 km along the Atlantic coasts of Namibia, South Africa and Angola.
Whether you want a desert adventure or connect with Himba tribes people, Namibia’s awe-inspiring landscapes are perfect places to get away and experience a unique place on our planet.
Day 1: Arrival into Windhoek, overnight.
Day 2: Drive to Soliaire, Sesirem Gate and onto Sossuvlei, go on a twilight ATV ride, overnight.
Day 3: Early AM drive into Namib-Naukluft Park, climb Dune 45 or Big Daddy, then onward to Deadvlei, enjoy sundowners among rocky outcrops with ancient etchings. Overnight.
Day 4: Drive to Swakopmund, the ocean retreat. Go Quad biking or take a Dune bashing trip
Day 5: Short drive to Walvis Bay. Go whale watching or to the seal islands. End the day oyster fishing. Overnight Swakopmund.
Day 6: Drive to Etosha National Park on a safari. Enjoy a sundowner at Etosha’s famous water holes before heading back to camp. Overnight.
Day 7: Enjoy a full day open jeep safari – watch out for Etosha’s unique wildlife like desert elephants and gemsbok. Overnight.
Day 8: After a sumptuous breakfast, take short game drive en route to the airport for your transfer home.
Day 1: Arrive in Havana and discover the vintage city through the eyes of an award-winning photographer! Walk through the streets as you discover majestic architecture and experience local gastronomy. You will also get a chance to cruise in classic convertible cars!
Day 2: Continue imbibing the charming Cuban capital as you stroll around neighbourhoods, bike along the Malecon, and be regaled by a private music concert.
Day 3: Embark on a catamaran fishing excursion, enjoy an authentic rum and cigar tasting event, capped by a Latin salsa dance session.
Day 4: Community service at a Spanish nunnery housing destitute and aged Cubans – a humanitarian excursion.
Day 5: Departure
You could also add an additional 2 days to include an outdoors hiking excursion into the mountain region of Vinales.
A US regulation compliant itinerary and documentation of your trip is essential. Interacting with locals, support of individuals and small independent business is a must do component. .