Four highlights in Namibia to see as a first time traveler

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Thinking of heading to Africa this winter? If so, don’t leave Namibia off your itinerary, as it can be seen in a week for those wanting to see the major sights.

Here are some highlights in Namibia you shouldn’t miss on your first visit here…

1) Dunes of Sossusvlei

One of this nation’s most prominent symbols, as they dwarf the desiccated trees that they are slowly overtaking, the dunes of Sossusvlei are a must see when you are putting together an itinerary to see Namibia for the first time.

From the iconic blackened acacia trees in Deadvlei, to the picture perfect shaped sand hills of Dune 45, photography enthusiasts will be in their happy place throughout their time here.

4X4 tours, hot air balloon and small plane rides are all excellent ways to experience the beauty of this area for yourself.

2) Fish River Canyon

Though it is not a well known fact outside of Africa, Namibia is home to one of the world’s largest canyons.

Named after the river that has carved it from from the Earth, Fish River Canyon stretches over 160 kilometres (27 kilometres as its widest point), and is up to 550 metres deep.

There are many trails along its length, and while it can be devilishly hot during the summer (up to 40 degrees Celsius), the water is quite cold even at this time of the year, making relief from the heat a quick leap and dip away.

3) Skeleton Coast National Park

The coast of Namibia is a foreboding place, as its shallow shelves have wrecking countless ships over the years, and with little to nothing in the way of life, settlement or fresh water on shore, many marooned crew members ended up starving or dying of thirst or despair before help could arrive.

While risks remain for those that are poorly prepared for a desert coast trek on the Skeleton Coast, the long stretches of eternal beach, seal colonies, and constantly shifting dunes make it the perfect place that seek to contemplate life in one of the most empty and isolated places on the planet.

4) Swakopmund

At the southern edge of the Skeleton Coast National Park lies the seaside resort town of Swakopmund, which has been used by locals for generations as a place of rest and relaxation during their summer holidays.

The colorful German style architecture of this community will charm soon after arrival, and for those brave enough to go in the frigid water, the surfing at Tiger Reef is well regarded.

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