Friday, April 10, 2015

Ten Extreme Ways to Experience Namibia

The landscape is Namibia's defining natural asset.People use all sorts of words to describe it: vast, endless, magnificent, unimaginable, among others. There simply is no frame of reference, nothing that comes close to seeing the sunset at Sossusvlei, spending the day playing at Swakopmund or visiting the Himba in Damaraland. You have to experience it yourself.


Wide-variety of walks, overnight hiking trails and guided wilderness trails are available for those looking to see the sights on foot.


Together with Chile and Hawaii, Namibia is considered to be one of the top three destinations for stargazing in the world. With its generally cloudless night sky, especially in the dry winter months, minimal contamination by artificial light and air pollution, and excellent view of the southern constellations, Namibia has superb stargazing conditions.

The Khomas Hochland/Gamsberg area west of Windhoek has the third-clearest, least light-polluted sky in the world.


Better known as four-wheeling in some parts, quadbiking has become one of the more popular activities in Namibia, especially around Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. This is one of the best ways to access parts of the sand dunes that even 4x4's can't reach.


Ballooning is like a magic carpet ride. While you fly, you do not feel any turbulence as you are travelling at the current wind speed. The tranquility of your flight will give you plenty photographic opportunities and unsurpassed views.


With the fresh southwesterly winds and a nice, soft place to land, the dunes around Swakopmund represent one of the great paragliding training facilities in the world.


From meeting with pelicans to feeding seals, all can be seen while comfortably relaxing on a Catamaran while enjoying a glass of champagne and snacks. This is how to experience Walvis Bay in luxury, style and comfort.

Canoeing, Kayaking & Rafting

The country boasts plenty of reservoirs and rivers many kayaking options are offered at the coast in Walvis Bay where one can explore the lagoon and the popular birdlife. Canoeing is also offered on the Kunene and Okavango rivers as an additional activity from the lodges located next to these rivers. The Kunene experience  has plenty of sightseeing, cultural and wildlife surprises. Rafting on the Orange River, otherwise known as the Gariep River on the southern border of Namibia


As the name implies, windsurfing necessitates blustery wind conditions, of which the Namibian coast is happy to deliver. Both Walvis Bay and Luderitz are considered two renowned spots for the sport, which combine elements of sailing with surfing and a bit of creative freestyling.


Part flying attached to a kite, part traditional surfing, Kite surfing is one of the most extreme sports on the water.

Today fishing is still great fun and more and more fishermen flock to Henties Bay to partake in this popular sport.

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