The Best African Travel Destination – Namibia (including itinerary)
Africa has been getting lots of bad press lately…if you leave it to the media you would think the whole continent was full of diseased people, warring factions and destitution but there are lots of success stories and I would like to share one with you. I had the honor and privilege of traveling to Namibia to explore the country as well as meet leaders of their animal and nature conservancy movement.
Animal and Nature Conservancy
As you may know, 44% of the land in Namibia has been set aside for conservation and the government have created 69 cultural cooperatives that care for the reserves, lodges and animals and are shifting increasingly more to the local people. As a result, Namibia has completely eradicated poaching and now has the fastest growing cheetah and rhino populations in Africa. Its elephant population has grown from 7,500 animals in 1995 to over 20,000 as of March 2016, unlike many places in Africa where the elephant populations are rapidly dwindling. According to the World Wildlife Fund, it is estimated that an elephant is being killed in Africa every 15 minutes for its tusks.
Namibia – a Geographic Wonderland:
It was a marvel to behold Namibia’s conservancy accomplishment as well as to see one of the most geographically unique countries in Africa. It is truly a photographer’s dream come true. Nambia has:
- The oldest desert in the world – a technicolor dreamscape, with swirling apricot colored dunes.
- The 2nd largest canyon in the world – after Grand Canyon.
- 5 distinct and drastically different ecosystems – its like visiting 5 different countries.
- One of the richest source of diamonds, uranium deposits in the world.
- Remarkably efficient infrastructure and roads.
- A modern cosmopolitan capital city – Windhoek.
- The earliest Sub Saharan civilization known to humans, the San People.
- The second least populated country in the world, with it only 2 million people.
- Is the only place in the world where the desert meets the ocean.
Traveling to and through Namibia was a fantastic and informative experience and I highly recommend it. Visiting here in 2013 was my fifth time to Africa, my 7th country and my new favorite!
Below is my travel itinerary. You should set aside 2-3 weeks for the journey. Wild Dog Safari’s coordinated most of my trip.
- Windhoek (was there during their jazz festival – big fun)
- Namibia Craft Centre
- Katutura Township
- National Museum of Namibia
- Parliament Gardens
- Mbangura Woodcarvers Market
- Etosha National Park – campsite Namutoni
- Outapi – Lodge
- Uukwaluudhi Lodge
- Opuwo – Camping
- Grootberg Camping
- Skeleton Coast
- Back to Windhoek
- Walvis Bay
- Gobabeb Research Center
- Sossusvlei Fish River Canyon
- Back to Windhoek (My trip was there was routed through Frankfurt, Germany)
Elaine Lee, UGoGurl.com | March 9, 2017
Elaine Lee is a globetrotter and travel journalist. She is the editor of “Go Girl: The Black Woman’s Book of Travel and Adventure”. She has visited 59 countries and made two solo trips around the world. She lives in the San Francisco area and her cyberhome is www.ugogurl.com