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Southern Sky Adventures: Namibia

Namibia’s wide open spaces and small population offers self-drive enthusiasts the opportunity to take in the raw beauty and vastness of this photographer’s paradise. It boasts wild seascapes, rugged mountains, lonely deserts, stunning wildlife, colonial cities and nearly unlimited elbow room. Time and space are less defined here. Landscapes collide. Experiences pile up. Watch a lion stalking its prey on a never-ending plain in Etosha National Park. Fly down a giant dune on a sandboard in the Namib Desert. Spend a night alone in the desert on the Skeleton Coast under a sky so thick with stars you can’t differentiate between constellations. End the drive with a stay in the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, both still heavily influenced by their German founders.

The road system is well maintained and easily navigable. Most all of the citizenry speak English and the national parks, major cities and small towns offer a range of accommodation and dining options. Visitors to Windhoek, the capitol, often note, possibly with some disappointment, that it is not a typical African city. Admittedly there is a lack of noisy, outdoor markets and throngs of people but instead the streets are clean and easy to walk around, it is relatively safe, there are very few beggars or touts hassling people for business and there are many good spots to enjoy a cold beer on a hot Namibian day. It is a modern and prosperous capitol that is situated in a picturesque area, surrounded by mountains, and enjoys the comforts of most ‘Western’ towns.

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