TRAVELLING is considered as an opportunity to experience new places and to learn about different cultures.
Namibia has an abundance of natural beauty and landscapes like no other country in the world.
From where the desert meets the sea, to fresh water islands, here are five hotspots you can travel to this festive season.
Oranjemund is a small town in the far south-western corner of Namibia, situated, as the name implies, at the mouth of the Orange River, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Although it was run by Namdeb for over 27 years, the town’s gates have now been opened and one does not require a passport to enter anymore. Oranjemund has a few modern structures, with most of the buildings and houses dating back to the early founding days of the 1940s and 1950s. This makes for perfect scenery, where one can experience a strong sense of being in a time capsule.
Kolmanskop is the ghost town to visit in the Namib Desert in southern Namibia. It was named after Johnny Coleman who, during a sand storm abandoned his ox wagon on a small incline, opposite the settlement.
It once a small but very rich mining village, but was ultimately abandoned in 1954. The geological forces of the desert mean that visitors can now walk through houses knee-deep in sand.
Impalila Island is situated at the far eastern tip of Namibia, bounded on the north by the waters of the Zambezi River and on the south by the Chobe River. The island is usually accessed from Kasane in Botswana, on the other bank of the Chobe River. There is a Namibian customs and immigration post on the island.
There is also an airport with a 1 300m runway. The airport is a relic of a military base used in the 1980s by the South African Defence Force, and is strategically positioned within sight of Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Bwabwata is situated in the Zambezi and Kavango East regions, extending along the Caprivi Strip.
It is bounded by the Okavango River to the west and the Kwando River to the east. Angola lies to the north and Botswana to the south. The area is an important migration route from Botswana to Angola for African elephant and some other game species. It is an unusual protected area, as about 5 500 people live in the park.
The Namibian government involves park residents and neighbours in planning and managing the park, and it is perfect for sightseeing.
Namibia’s largest coastal town is a huge drawing card for merrymakers and vacationers from all over the globe. This seaside resort showcases its German origins in its European-style colonial architecture, creating euphoria against the landscape of the Namib Desert.
Sandboard or quad bike the dunes, wine and dine at an alluring restaurant on the waterfront or just marvel at the unusual birds and plants that populate the region, but also don’t forget the parties and festivals that populate the beaches between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
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