Awesome natural tourist attractions in Namibia

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Want to explore the best nature has to offer in Southwestern Africa? The following natural tourist attractions in Namibia will not fail to impress you, even if you happen to have high standards. Read up on them in the paragraphs below…

1) Sossusvlei

Home to what is arguably one of Namibia’s most iconic vistas, Sossuvlei is located near the southern edge of the Namib desert.

Composed of a clay pan where the water Tsauchab River dries up in the excessively dry conditions, which eventually leads to the formation of crimson sand dunes as the sediment dries and gets blown away.

The creation of these sand hills has altered the course of the river over the centuries, which left trees along its original course without a water source.

With atmospheric conditions being as dry as they are, decomposition occurs at an incomprehensibly slow rate, which is why the desiccated trunks of dead trees that make for this area’s most famous portraits have remained in the state they currently are for generations.

2) Etosha National Park

While safaris are available in the Sossusvlei, we recommend heading to Etosha National Park if you wish to see the greatest concentrations of wild animals that can be seen in this country.

Highlights here include the endangered black rhino, Africa’s tallest elephants, and 90 other species of mammals, which include giraffes, lions and cheetahs.

Want an elegant camping experience amidst creatures that you’ve only ever seen at the zoo before? There are numerous glamping lodges located along the fringes of the national park that will have you lounging by the pool while one of these exotic animals amble by.

3) Skeleton Coast

Namibia is home to one of the driest deserts in the world, so when it collides with the South Atlantic Ocean, it’s not hard to imagine that the visuals that can be had here are among the most stunning in the world.

While the Skeleton Coast is named for the numerous shipwrecks that litter its coast, as well as the bones of dead seals and whales that once made for a tasty lunch for the scavengers that inhabit this seemingly desolate ecosystem, it is actually not as spooky as you would think.

Going for a walk here will thrill avid photographers, those that enjoy an introspective thought session free from the noise of the world, but not swimmers … the ocean water is composed of an Antarctic current that pulls down the water temperature to well below 18 degrees Celsius, despite the tropical latitude it sits at.

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