Natural Wonders

by Lizette Feris

19 Khomas landscape - Central Namibia

For first timers flying into Hosea Kutako airport you will be forgiven to wonder what this quiet African country can deliver; which is unique. The only international airport in Namibia is nothing but an unexpected facade of the delights this land holds.

Delights galore, here are a pick of the most unexplored sites surroundings the main cities and towns in Namibia.

Birding at Kupferberg situated amongst the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochand Central Namibia is an exciting way to be introduced to the variety of bird species in the Namibian skies. This hilly outcrop near Windhoek city is frequented by locals as much as tourists.

20 Springbok

Over 200 bird species have been recorded at the Daan Viljoen Game Park, which is currently closed due to exchange of ownership. The Park has no large predators, and allows the visitor to explore this animal paradise on foot. The most exciting sight and sound, is that of the rockrunner or Damara rockjumper which announces day and night in a distinctive song and is seen jumping round with its tail in the air. The rosy-faced lovebirds are particularly cute and have often been spotted here. Hartmann’s mountain zebra, blue wildebeest, kudu, gemsbok, and springbok are amongst the frequently seen wildlife in this area. Baboons and ant-hills also adorn the roadsides.

Rehoboth, is a quiet little town with fiercely proud citizens, and is built around a highway. This town was originally inhibited by the Nama (Khoikhoi) group who called it !Anis, meaning smoke which referred to the many natural hot springs in this area, the most popular being Reho spa. This highway the B1 runs through the heart of this town and connects Namibia to Angola and South Africa.