Animal lovers and nature enthusiasts would enjoy travelling to Namibia and soak in the abundant wild-life and extraordinary natural wonders. Some of its top quality attractions are the long stretches of the limitless Namib and Kalhari deserts, the Fish River Canyon Park, the Etosha National Park and so forth. This Southern African country is renowned to produce some of the planet's highest quality diamonds.
While exploring Namibia, one of the first pit-stops ought to be its capital - Windhoek. The largest city of the country is home to a ton of German colonial architecture including the Christ Church (Christuskirche) - a historic landmark and Lutheran church. Be sure to tour the National Museum, housed within the Alte Fortress. Hikers will be delighted to hike the Skeleton Coast for it is not only perfect for hiking but also delightfully beautiful. It is a wasteland of dark green scrub and calcified sand dunes. One can have up-close look at the shipwrecks washed ashore.
Wild-life enthusiasts would love visiting the Etosha National Park that is centred around the vast and expansive Etosha salt pan. The wild-life that can be glimpsed are herds of Zebra, wildebeest and antelopes. Etosha is known for offering an incredible self-drive safari experience. The Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia is simply mesmerizing and simply next to the Grand Canyon in terms of its immense grandeur and opulence. It features a massive ravine, in total about 160km (100 miles) long, up to 27km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep.
Housed in the Namid Desert, Sossusvlei is a gigantic clay pan fringed by massive, red sand dunes. During sunrise and sunset, the colours of the sand dunes are spectacularly changing providing a magical visual treat for the visitors. Be sure to visit Cape Cross for it houses one of the biggest colonies of Cape Fur Seals in the planet. During the November/December breeding season, as many as 15,000 seals collect at Cape Cross.
Be sure to explore the Caprivi Strip - the wettest region in Namibia. There is a massive population of elephants that be glimpsed there due to the abundance of water. The wild-life is sheltered in four reserves. Since there are no fences, the animals are freely wander about the borders of the neighbouring countries. Do visit the AfriCat Foundation and view how it cares for cheetahs, leopards and endangered wild dogs on rescue-and-release basis. Some of the activities include tracking rehabilitated cheetahs, spotting hyenas on foot and leopard safaris in a game-viewing auto mobile.
When it comes to shopping, there are plenty of goods to purchase such as wood carvings, karosse rugs and Herero dolls. Precious gems can be bought at the House of Gems in Windhoek, which sells beautiful and shimmering jewellery. As for cuisine, do gorge into some of their local delicacies such as Biltong (an air-dried meat, a bar snack staple, usually made from beef or kudu) or Rauchfleisch (smoked meat).
The stay options in Namibia are abundant with the richie-rich craving to be put up at the best luxury hotels and swanky apartments. Similarly, backpackers and those with a light pocket can opt for budget and cheap accommodations. The best time to visit Namibia ought to be during the dry winter months - from May to October as the weather is relatively pleasant.