Things to see in Namibia

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Amy Adejokun
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Landscapes

In the country of dunes and oryxes, red and arid land dominates. Fans of all sorts of geological formations will be delighted in Namibia. This is where you will find the second largest canyon in the world: Fish River Canyon. 100 miles long, it includes huge ravines that measure up to 17 miles long. Damaraland is another place with exceptional reliefs where you can see more than 1,000 sites with mountainous cirques and peaks. Kakaoland is the ideal destination for making contact with the local ethnic groups, and in particular the famous Himba women, who proudly expose their chests.

Coasts

There are 800 miles of Atlantic coast and most certainly the world's widest sand beaches, however rather inhospitable. In the South, access to the diamantiferous zone is prohibited.

The fauna and flora

In Namibia, there's nothing exceptional about coming across a napping lion or catching sight of a cheetah running at full speed. The country is, after all, a safari paradise. Like Kenya and Tanzania, the country has several private reserves where it is easy to observe the 'Big Five' without being constantly disturbed by the noise of engines. However, the public reserves do have many fascinating things to see and there are less people in them than in Kenya or Tanzania. In Ethosa National Park, in the north of the country, you can see white and black rhinoceroses, cheetahs, leopards, lions, giraffes, elephants and other princely inhabitants of the savanna.

Arts and culture

Namibia's cultural heritage mostly stems from the history of the different ethic groups that live together in this country. Still widespread, the artistic wealth, both visual and musical, in this country is well-represented. Namibians have developed many of the arts in function with their religious beliefs: dances, songs, paintings, sculptures, etc. All while being very inspired by its past, Namibia is a genuine breeding ground for new artists and talented artisans who practice basketry, sculpture and rug-making. Namibia's oral tradition is of course one of the most well-known elements of its culture. It is represented by tales that are specific to the tribe they come from.

In terms of the architecture, the contribution of the Germans was considerable and their influence can still be seen. The cities of Swakopmund and Walwis Bay on the west coast strangely look like 19th century German cities.

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