10 reasons to visit Namibia

South Africa has been a favourite for group incentives, especially for the UK market. For those who are looking for another adventure in Southern Africa but don’t want the traditional safari experience, Namibia is an ideal destination for many reasons:

1. 975-mile long coastline
The coastline runs the length of the country offering easy access to rich marine wildlife. The South Atlantic is home to two species of dolphins making sightings an easy occurrence. There are also Cape fur seals and depending on the season, orcas and humpback whales can be spotted.

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2. Cloudless night sky
Namibia is regarded as one of the top three destinations in the world for stargazing. Namibia has some of the darkest skies measured on earth allowing stargazers to gaze deep into the African night sky and revel in the millions of stars visible to the naked eye.

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3. Chobe Water Villas
16 luxurious water villas located on the banks of the Chobe River and opposite the renowned Chobe National Park, a paradise 50,000 elephants call home. The villas, accessible only by boat, offer 180 degree unobstructed views, lounges, a bar, restaurant, infinity pool and pool deck. This is the best way to experience the Chobe River and all it has to offer.

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4. Sossusvlei
Possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best known attraction and one of the most photographed sights in all of Africa. It is a salt and clay pan located in the largest conservation area in Africa and surrounded by the world’s second tallest sand dunes. The large red dunes provide photographic enthusiasts with fabulous images in the morning and evening light.

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5. Okonjima
Home to The Africat Foundation which rescues, rehabilitates and relocates unwanted or injured cheetahs and leopards. From tracking carnivores on foot to some of the most exceptional accommodation in Nambia, a stay at Okonjima is a must for a truly memorable time in Namibia.

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6. Swakopmund
A Mecca for adrenaline junkies. The area offers a range of outdoor activities including sand-boarding, quad biking, dune carting, parachuting and skydiving to name a few. As recently seen on The Grand Tour when Clarkson, Hammond and May drove their dune buggies along the coast with the impressive dessert and dunes on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. There really are few better places to explore on wheels or from the sky.

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7. Seal of approval
Get up close and personal with the abundant marine life the rich waters of the South Altantic has to offer. Taste some of the best oysters as you sail around the bay on the lookout for dolphins and leather-back turtles. Experience the excitement of feeding seals and pelicans as they join you on-board your boat. An exclusive marine cruise is the best way to discover all the wildlife the coast has to offer.

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8. Ghost Town
The abandoned Namibian diamond mining town of Kolmanskop is a surreal and eerie gift to photographers. The town is remarkably well preserved, despite being abandoned in the early 1900’s. Thanks to the dry climate the colourful house interiors remain bright. You can see remnants of a bowling alley, casino, furniture and belongings. This really is a unique place to visit.

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9. Etosha
Etosha meaning ‘Place of Mirages’, is one of Africa’s best game reserves and this list would not be complete without a mention. You will be spoilt for game with sightings of lions, cheetahs, zebra, elephants, leopard, giraffes and rhinos to name a few of the wildlife roaming the plain. Even the birdlife is worth a look, most notably the explosion of colour that is the lilac breasted roller.

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10. Amazing value
The Namibian Dollar is pegged to the South African Rand and has been depreciating in value against many currencies for a few years. Therefore it is a great time to visit to get the most out of a budget.

At Villiers we are passionate towards creating you that once-in-a-lifetime experience, so whether you’re looking for a corporate incentive trip to Namibia, or a luxury getaway with family and friends, we have all the details covered. Get in touch and let our experts start planning your trip!

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