Just like most people who love to travel, we have a bucket list of places in the world to visit. Last summer we added a destination that most folks I know would not include. In fact, when we told friends we were going to Namibia, they had to ask “Where is that?”But I guarantee if you put it on your list and go, you won’t be disappointed.
|Only in Namibia will you see such spectacular sand dunes.|
Namibia is a country of stunning contrasts. It is home to two great deserts. The Namib (the world’s oldest desert) runs along the country’s entire Atlantic coast and is where you’ll see the red dunes and sea of sand. Kalahari Desert in the eastern interior is an arid savannah that extends into neighboring countries.
|Sand even covers mountains in the desert regions of Namibia.|
In between these deserts lies the Central Plateau with wide-open plains and rugged, virtually impassable mountains. Getting from place to place generally involves flying in a small private airplane. But from the air you see open landscapes that are a panorama of endless blue skies, dark starry nights, and sunny weather. This astonishing array of natural wonders increasingly attracts visitors to this extraordinary country.
|Aerial view of the desolate landscape in much of Namibia.|
|Wildlife safaris are increasingly important to the economy of Namibia.|
|Sunsets in Namibia are glorious.|
|Accommodations range from basic to luxurious in the many camps|
I’ll write more about our journey southward to see (and climb) the dunes, northward up the wind-swept Atlantic coast, and then eastward across Namibia and onward to the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier