Southern Namibia - Namibia
Bordering on South Africa, Namibia’s southern region has a lot to offer in terms of wild desert landscapes and outdoor activities, from canoeing on the Orange River through the other-worldly desert scenery of the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park to the jaw-dropping majesty of the Fish River Canyon, Africa’s largest canyon.
On the coast, Lüderitz is a charming colonial town, while nearby Kolmanskop, a ghost town, is one of Namibia’s most photographed places and lies on the edge of the Sperrgebiet National Park. Most of the park, a diamond mining area was closed to the public for a century but can now visit to explore a vast rock arch and two mysterious ghost towns.
The Orange River meanders its way through wild desert landscapes. Take a paddle down the river in a canoe for a few hours you will find it’s the perfect way of taking in this southern beauty at a slow pace.
Further north, the NamibRand Nature Reserve on the edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park you can discover desert wildlife such as oryx and springbok against a backdrop of apricot-coloured dunes and silvery plains.