INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT NAMIBIA LUXVENTURE™ TRIP
The barren Nambian landscape reveals secrets of a long forgotten civilisation portrayed in ancient etchings and preserved within geological structures throughout the land. Soft desert sands stretch out and morph into fascinating dunes that disappear under engulfing waves along the country’s expansive coastline.
Explore the area that has evidence of the continent break-up by visiting the Spitzkoppe Peaks, the formation of these peaks happened about 130 million years ago during a time when the ancient continent of Gondwana was separating to form the continents of Africa and South America. Many areas of Namibia experienced volcanic activity and it is at this time that the intrusion of magma to become known as the Damaraland Rock Complex thrust its way upwards through the older Damara Sequence that had formed between 760 to 460 million year ago.
An eerie taste of history awaits you at the Kolmanskop Ghost Town. The town was deserted by the German settlers who built it soon after a diamond was found in 1908, starting a major diamond rush. The area was built with a hospital, ballroom, school and a casino. When the field of diamonds faded, so did the inhabitants.
A visit to the Namibian Okavango Region exposes lush spaces, rich in flora and fauna. The nourishment from the Zambezi and Okavango river creates an environment which allows for wildlife to thrive. You may spot elephant and buffalo herds near waterholes or even cheetahs and lions out on the prowl for prey.
- Visit the Fish River Canyon as it is the largest gorge in Africa and the second largest in the World.
- Prowl through the Etosha salt pan, which lures flocks of flamingos and all sorts of wildlife to the Etosha National Park. This creates a vibrant eco system for zebras, wildebeest and antelopes.
- Let your hair down at Swakopmund, Namibia’s biggest coastal town and a popular beach resort for locals and tourists alike.
- Banking hours – These run from 09:00 to 15:30 during weekdays, while some branches may close between 13:00 and 14:00. ATMs are also freely available. The Namibian Dollar is on par with the South African Rand.
- Credit cards – Establishments in cities and in more remote areas accept credit cards.
- Travelers cheques – They can be changed into Namibian Dollars quickly and easily local banks.
- Telephone & networks – These are good, although there are many farms that still use group lines, a line which is shared by a few farmers.
- Medical facilities – Windhoek, Swakopmund and Otjiwarono all have excellent private facilities, while general medical services are good in all major towns. Most doctors are General Practitioners, but there are a number of specialists as well.
- Transport – Travelling through is easy due to good quality roads. In areas such as Sandwich Harbour, Sossusvlei and particularly Kaokoland, it is recommended that
you travel in a 4×4. Petrol stations are widely available but many, especially in quieter areas, will only take cash payments. Luxury train trips, such as the Desert Express which runs between Windhoek and Swakopmund, are also excellent options to ensure you enjoy the amazing landscapes of this great country.