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Namibia ~ Country of Contrasts

Sossusvlei

In the Namib Naukluft Park, which happens to be Africa’s  4th largest nature reserve, between up to 325m high red dunes, lies the dry clay pan, Sossusvlei.
The deadvlei, about 2km away from Sossusvlei itself, is most properly the most-visited attraction in this area. Thousands of years ago, it used to be an oasis, surrounded by Acacia trees. The river changed its course and the oasis dried out. Today, all that remains are the dry, blackend trunks of the Acacias, heavily contrasted against the red dunes, blue skies and whiteness of the saltpan. No wonder, that many a photographer, novice and professional, has been drawn to this site. 

Namibia

Country of Contrasts

Namibia continues to be a very eye-catching experience. This year we have been planning more tours into this fascinating country than ever before. What makes it such a popular destination, you might ask. That is exactly what we want to reveal to you today!

Twyfelfontein

In the north-western parts of Namibia, Twyfelfontein holds one of the oldest and archeologically most important open air art galleries of its kind. More than 2000 rock engravings of mostly animals have been recorded here. They were chiselled into the rock by ancient rock artists belonging to the Khoikhoi people thousands of years ago and today are still of great importance to the locals, who believe that the spirits of their forefathers dwell here. A sight not to be missed!
No wonder it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the country’s first!  

Sperrgebiet

This area is closed to the general public, because still today, diamonds are mined here. Tourists may only enter this site in the company of a registered guide and with a permit in hand (usually the guide arranges this).
 A day tour into the Sperrgebiet takes tourists to the ghost town Pomona, which once flourished during the diamond rush at the turn of the previous century. However, after a couple of years, the town was abandoned, now the desert has moved into the houses.  The final stop of the tour is at the impressive rockformation Bogenfels (as seen above).


Feral horses are legendary in the area surrounding Aus. Where these horses came from, is somewhat of a mystery. Different theories have developed over the years, the most likely being that, they were left behind when the German Schutztruppe left Aus. Near Gurab is a big waterhole, where, with a little luck, these wild horses can be seen and photographed.

Swakopmund

This little coastal town is sandwiched between the Namib desert and the Atlantic ocean. Explore the town with its old buildings and colonial architecture. Not to be missed: an outing into surrounding desert with a local guide. He will pick you up at your accommodation and take you into the desert for 4-5 hours. Here he skilfully tracks down insects, reptiles and other little animals and explains their important roles to you. Incredible, how much life there is in a seemingly lifeless desert!

With such variety of encounters (and there are many more!) it is no wonder that Namibia is an ever increasingly popular destination. If the travel bug has now bitten you, send us an email to boleng@icon.co.za and we’ll send you a free itinerary with a quote.  Alternatively, complete the planning form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!



Newsflash

And now, a little jewel for our divers. May to September is the best time to view breaching Great Whites in False Bay around Cape Town. With our knowledgable marine biologist an outing to see this spectacle will be one not easily forgotten. He'll take you to Seal Island, well-known hunting grounds for these sharks, where they catapult themselves out of the water in an effort to catch a seal - what an amazing sight! It is also possible to get into a cage and view the hunt from under water. No diving expereince needed!

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