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Namibia’s Best Hikes
 
Namibia’s is a landscape made for walking. Yes, there are great expanses of desert, but even that is never empty, never dull. The world’s highest sand dunes give way to salt pans, and then to dry mountain vistas. Along the western shore, the blue of the Atlantic Ocean meet the fine golden coloured sand of the Skeleton Coast. On foot you are able to appreciate even the subtlest changes in nature’s colour scheme, in the undulation of the terrain, and to feel the breezes on your face. It’s also one of the best ways to appreciate the plants and wildlife; without the noise of an engine, you can often get remarkably close.
The Namib Desert
 
The Namib Desert is a coastal desert, and a large part of it is within the Namib National Park, the largest game reserve in Africa. Centre your walks on Sossuvlei, where the red sand dunes are surrounded by salt pans, creating a fascinating landscape. Underground rivers feed a surprising amount of vegetation, and consequently there’s a food source for small animals and birds, plus some larger creatures such as antelope. In the sand it is easy to spot the footprints of jackal, springbok, and ostrich, and the animals themselves stand out, too.

There can be few more idyllic places to stay in Namibia than at Sossuvlei Desert Lodge - an oasis overlooking the dunes - so base yourself here. After a long day of hiking, and taking in the beauty of the desert, come back to this luxurious lodge to completely relax with a swim in the pool or an in room massage.
Skeleton Coast
 
The Skeleton Coast is a graveyard to hundreds of grounded ships, tossed by the Atlantic onto the beaches and rocks. The shipwrecks are interspersed with the bones of whale which have also washed ashore, and tree trunks bleached white by the sand and the salt of the sea. Local people call this place “The Land God Made In Anger”. But though there is a harshness to this landscape, there is also a spectacular, wild beauty.

The Skeleton Coast National Park is the least visiting park in Namibia, so you might well have miles and miles of rugged coastline to yourself. Led by a guide, you can scramble where no vehicle can go to watch the pods of whale off the coast or the colonies of fur seal resting on the rocks. There are plenty of seabirds here, too, and if you stay at the newly opened Shipwreck Lodge - its design inspired by that of a shipwreck - the view from your deck will be straight towards the ocean.
Etosha National Park
 
Namibia’s best wildlife viewing opportunities are concentrated in and around the Etosha National Park. For most of the year, the land is dry and cracked, however when the rain season arrives, the whole place transforms beyond belief into a luscious, green paradise.

At Africa Exclusive we’re particularly fond of the private game reserves surrounding the park. They tend to be quieter, offering a more intimate safari experience, and the walking guides are particularly good. Little Ongava - the most exclusive small lodge in Namibia - is a particular favourite. The reserve itself covers 66,000 acres, but you also have easy access to the national park, so you get the best of both worlds. The birding on foot is superb, and you can also expect to see black and white rhino, rare black faced impala, and even an occasional lion.
Why book with Africa Exclusive?
 
Namibia’s a great destination for walkers because of the variety of terrains it offers. You can take an easy half day hike from your lodge to spot birds and small mammals, or commit to something longer and more strenuous, perhaps that includes a night or two of fly camping to really make the most of the experience. Whatever your interest or level of fitness, Africa Exclusive will create for you a bespoke itinerary that really shows Namibia at its best. Call us now on 01604 628979 to start planning your desert adventure in Namibia.
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