Today's sponsored post was written by Guy Arnold. Guy, from leafy Hertfordshire, England, loves to write about anything, especially if it’s travel-related. Travelling more of the world and seeking adventure is a passion he hopes to continue with.
You might have seen pictures of them, but perhaps weren’t sure of their exact location: gracefully undulating sand dunes (some of which are the highest in the world), pitch black on one side, with a golden glow on the other. They appear like scoops of ice cream smoothened by the underside of a spoon with their perfect, untouched slopes. While elsewhere, they resemble the surface of the seabed: ribbed by the nightly desert winds which transform the dunes from day to day.
These make up Namibia’s crowning feature, the Namib Desert (from where the country’s name originated). It’s the most famous, and one of many, geological wonders that this country has in its arsenal. Barren yet beautiful, the Namib Desert provides the perfect back-drop to all other activities and excitement available to visitors.
Situated on the north-western coast is the holiday capital of Namibia, Swakopmund. As with most places in Namibia, there’s a real contrast in environments here. You can be strolling down the streets admiring the colourful, quirky, European-style architecture (there exists strong German connotations here), and hearing the gentle rumble of waves behind rows of restaurants and pubs. Yet, if you turn your head the other way, you’ll be met with miles and miles of sandy peaks sitting in their beautiful wasteland. It really is a fabulous mixture of emptiness and exuberance.
As far as attractions go in Swakopmund, there are plenty if you’re into historical buildings and culture. There’s a war memorial and a marine memorial, a German school and, for catching those breath-taking views and eternal sunsets, the 21-metre-high lighthouse which overlooks the ocean. However, the option of a more exhilarating experience is available in the form of quad biking, sky diving and balloon rides.
Where would an article about Namibia be without mentioning its wildlife, in particular, the trunked, horned and stripy sorts? Yes, a Namibia safari stands as one of the more popular attractions when taking a visit here and, with the Etosha National Park simply teeming with wild beasts, it’s a perfect opportunity.
There are plenty of lodges nestled around the park. One such place, where your chances of spying lots of elephants, even a rhino or two, are very likely thanks to its nearby floodlit waterhole, is Okaukeujo. The softly-furnished ensuites with delicately draped curtains on their four-poster beds, together with the luxurious swimming pool, induce ample relaxation. Several more lodges exist, all offering similar attributes, it just depends what sort of wildlife excites you most!
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