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Etosha Pan
The Ovambo name Etosha, means “place of dry water”.
Although water supplies are now limited for most of the year to the perimeter of the pan, the area remains sufficiently fertile to support great herds of antelope species (including gemsbok, impala, and springbok), zebra, and most famously, elephants.

Many other species of wildlife abound as well, and the Etosha Pan is now the center of one of the finest game parks on the African continent.

Etosha National Park

This is one of the largest and most impressive game reserves in the whole of Africa. Namibia's Etosha National Park is a vast, shallow salt pan which shimmers a silvery bright-white, from salt across its entire surface.

Well maintained gravel roads lead to waterholes, where game viewing is best. The water-holes, scattered throughout this area, are the basis of life for countless wild animals.

Almost all African animal species are represented in the nature reserve. There is an estimated number of 300 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2000 giraffes and 1500 elephants. Particularly numerous are the dainty springbok, of which at least 30,000 specimen can be found here. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals. Protected species such as the black-faced impala and black rhino

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can also be seen. After exceptionally rainy periods, the pan fills with water and enormous numbers of flamingoes and pelicans arrive to feed and breed.

Namib Desert

Along the Namibian coast lies the Namib Desert, a spectacularly barren, brilliant red sand landscape that is divided into the Skeleton Coast (in the north) and the Diamond Coast (in the south). There are a number of features of this coastal desert that make it quite unlike any spot on earth.

It is the richest source of diamonds on the planet, and Namibia is as a result the world's largest diamond producer. The dry and hot Namibian shoreline is situated right at the point where the icy waters of the Atlantic hits the desert, the result is often unbelievable fog. This highly mysterious coast is now the site of the Namib-Naukluft National Park

Walvis Bay

Walvis bay is a deep-water bay on a shallow coast which was discovered by American whalers. However, it was first used by the English and then the South Africans as a commercial port. In 1994, after lengthy negotiations, South Africa gave Walvis Bay back to Namibia. Today, Walvis bay is a pretty South African style town of 25,000 inhabitants.

Walvis Bay is home to 40% of Southern Africa's pink flamingoes, as well as other sea-bird species such as pelicans, cormorants, etc. On the south side of the town there is a very pleasant esplanade which serves as an observation post for watching the pink flamingoes.

Windhoek

Windhoek, the capital and the only city of any size, is located in the middle of the country. The pretty town, beautifully situated in a valley, combines the architecture of a modern city with numerous buildings in the style of the German colonial era.

Fish River Canyon

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The Fish River canyon, situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River, is one of the most impressive natural beauties in the southern part of Namibia. It is reputedly the second largest canyon in the world. It is breathtaking in its immensity. It drops vertically by half a kilometre, out of a flat arid plateau without any warning.

Sossusvlei

The Sossusvlei, Namibia's highlight in the heart of the Namib desert, is an enormous clay-pan, enclosed by mighty sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand reach a height of 300 metres, and therefore, belong to the highest in the world. Only after a heavy rainfall, which is very seldom in this area, does the vlei fill with water.

Waterberg Park

Waterberg is a protected reserve for endangered species, as well as a fauna and flora research center. There you can find Namibia's last white rhinos, the remaining Cape vultures and rare flora. Waterberg is an exceptional site covering over 40,000 hectares, a high red-rocked plateau with sheer cliffs.