A must see in Namibia

by Nolizel Franks

Etosha National Park and The Big five.

The well known Big Five consists of the lion (king of the jungle), the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the Leopard and the Rhinoceros. All around the country these animals roam freely in game parks/reserves and even in private owned lodges. These parks/reserves and lodges are located all around the country. Lions and leopards are frequently view at any lodge where there is sufficient space to roam freely. The bigger animals that belong to the Big Five (for example the African elephant and rhinoceros) are more commonly found in the north of the country; Etosha National Park is where most of them call home. This magnificent park laid out on salt pans, with regularly-seeked waterholes and acres of savannah; cater for most of Namibia's wildlife.

The Skeleton Coast.

As already stated in the name, this unique place tells millions of stories and can take the mind on an absolute adventurous imagination, just by looking around. Because of the mixture of temperatures caused by the dry air of the desert and the fog and misty air generated by the Benguela current of the Atlantic ocean, this area is known as a doomed area for sailors; as here infamous shipwrecks took place in the past. Now today all these shipwrecked ships and skeletons can be explored at the North-west of the coast.

Dune 7- Largest dunes in the world.

Namibia is said to have the highest sand dunes in the world. It is situated in the Namib Naukluft Park which is located in Sossusvlei area in the south of the country. It forms part of the Namib desert and is arranged closely to the Fish river canyon, staggering to  +/- 275 meters in height. So for breathtaking sunrises and sunsets look no further; for a physical challenge for the whole family - dare to climb these dunes..

The Namib Desert- Oldest desert in the world.

This desert makes up 20% of the whole country, stretching over three regions alongside the Atlantic Ocean . Not only is it the world’s oldest desert, it is thoughtfully positioned right next to an ocean known as the Atlantic Ocean . Here desert and ocean meets; nowhere in the world is this possible, but in Namibia.

25 Hoba meteorite

The Hoba Meteorite- largest fallen meteorite in the world.

According to the Internet Encyclopaedia of Science, the Hoba Meteorite is the largest ever found meteorite. This extra terrestrial body can be viewed on the Hoba Farm in Grootfontein, up north in Namibia . So if you are into the wonders of Science this is a must see.

The Fish River Canyon.

The Fish river canyon is one of Namibia ’s pride and joy found in the south of the country. This marvellous rock formation has a depth of up to 550 meters and stretches 160 km all the way to the renowned Ai-Ais. For the daring; hiking trials through this impressive landscape, can test physical perseverance. For the not so daring; pure satisfaction and admiration will set in, when viewing it from above; looking down and feel chills down the spine and at that very moment your brain cannot begin to fathom this wonder of the world.