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Namibia: Sightseeing

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Namibia: Sightseeing

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WINDHOEK
Namibia’s capital has a small population of 160,000 people. The city centre is characterised by a mix of German colonial structures and modern buildings. Dominating the skyline is Christuskirche, the neo-gothic and Art Nouveau-designed German Lutheran church. Other striking buildings include the parliament building, the whitewashed Alte feste and the Cape Dutch-style railway station. For a panoramic view of the city, take the hour-long Hofmeyer walk through the nearby bushland of the Klein Windhoek Valley.

SOSSUSVLEI
Found in the central Namib Desert, Sossusvlei is famous for its stunning red and orange sand dunes, and is said to have the highest sand dune in the world. The changing colours of the dunes at dawn and dusk offer a spectacular sight, and also a great challenge to climb to the top. Sossusvlei is sought after by many photographers, and those keen to walk to the top of dune 45.

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Etosha National Park consists of salt pan, woodland and savannah habitats. The Etosha Pan is an immense, flat, saline desert that only occasionally holds water. Between May and September, you’ll have the best chance of seeing animals such as elephants, giraffes, lions, zebras and a few cheetahs and leopards.

SKELETON COAST

The Skeleton Coast stretches approximately 500km, but the name is often used for the entire desert coastline. The park takes in nearly two million hectares of sand dunes and gravel plains. The attraction of this remote area lies in the colour, changing moods and untouched profile of its landscape. Its aura of mystery is largely due to the dense coastal fog caused by the cold current from the Arctic, and the remains of shipwrecks scattered along the coast.

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