Africa's unknown gem - desert scenery, coastal wilderness and wonderful game-viewing
The scenic beauty of Namibia is only matched by its diversity. Deep canyons, towering sand dunes, otherworldly rock formations and vast salt pans seamlessly merge into each other in an endlessly shifting landscape. The sky seems particularly big here with spectacular sunsets and, at night, the sight of billions of stars twinkling overhead.
The dry conditions support an incredible amount of life and game viewing in Etosha is particularly good as animals converge on watering holes, whilst a visit to the Cheetah Conservation Fund brings us up close to the world's fastest land mammal.
Namibia's human population may be sparser but is just as diverse with traditional African tribes mixing with the descendants of German and South African colonialists. Whether referring to natural beauty, wildlife or human population, the word that best sums up Namibia is: diverse.
What makes this trip responsible?
On this trip we use local guides and stay in local lodges as well as park authority lodge/campsitess (where the money gets used for wildlife conservation) and community-owned campsites. When cooking meals we buy locally produced food. We also visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), a charity set up to research cheetahs and educate the public, with the aim of protecting this magnificent cat and it's habitat. We will meet the centre's resident cheetahs (who cannot be released into the wild) and learn about the conservation efforts taking place in Namibia at the education centre and museum. Exodus supports the WSPA's efforts to ban commercial seal hunting in Namibia. Recycling is still uncommon in Africa but on this trip we recycle all glass, plastic and aluminium used by collecting it and depositing it in the three recycling depots available in Namibia from where it gets taken to a large recycling centre in Windhoek.
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Dune at Sossusvlei