Namibia boasts an array of natural sites, activities, adventures and once-in-a-lifetime excursions. From rich history and cultural heritage to wildlife sightings in the reserves and natural wonders like the dunes and salt pans, Namibia has something for everyone. Explore the vastness of Namibia’s unspoiled natural environment from your choice of guided trips, hot air ballooning, nature drives, sundowner trips, bush dinners, guided sunset walks and scenic flights.
Here are 7 fun facts you probably didn’t know about Namibia:
– More cheetahs live there than anywhere else: If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the fastest land animal on the planet, Namibia is the place to go. Namibia is home to the world’s largest population of free-roaming cheetahs. Etosha National Park is probably the best place to see them, though visitors might be lucky enough to spot them throughout the country.
– Namibia is one of only two countries in the world that has desert elephants! They’re not a separate species, but the International Union for Conservation of Nature has identified them as a high priority. These elephants have adapted to their semi-desert environment by developing a smaller body mass, longer legs, and larger feet – enabling them to travel for miles across sand dunes to reach the water.
– The country gets its name from the Namib Desert – one of the world’s oldest deserts: No one knows exactly how old the desert is but scientists have identified that sand has existed in the desert for over a million years! See the Namib Desert for yourself on this tour.
– Namibia is home to the world’s oldest desert: We’re talking about the Namib Desert, which, at 80 million years old, is the most ancient desert on the planet. It covers more than 102,248 square miles (270,000 square kilometers) of the southwestern edge of the African continent. It also has the distinction of having the highest sand dunes in the world.
– Namibia is home to the largest underwater lake: Dubbed Dragon’s Breath Cave – on account of the humid air that rises from its entrance – this gargantuan grotto is home to the largest non-subglacial lake in the world. Discovered in 1986, the cave can, only be explored by professionals because of its treacherous topography.
– It is home to a ghost town: Once a well-heeled mining town, Kolmanskop was abandoned in the Thirties when the diamond rush took prospectors elsewhere. The Namib Desert slowly started to reclaim the middle-of-nowhere outpost, which is now a popular tourist attraction.
– And a spooky Skeleton Coast: The so called Skeleton Coast is a 40 km wide and 500 km long coastal stretch in Namibia, a hostile but fascinating area. Here the cold and unpredictable Benguela Current of the Atlantic Ocean clashes with the dune and desert landscape of north-Western Namibia.
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