The term Safari is a Swahili word meaning 'journey.' Since the 20th century the word has taken on a generalized meaning, most of which people associate with wild game viewing in Africa. Although, the animals of Africa are incredible and should be sought out while on safari, it is not the only reason one should safari Africa. Here are four reasons to safari Namibia, Africa.
Namibia's game parks are home to including Africa's 'big five': lion, leopard, elephant, water buffalo, and rhinoceros. While these spectacular creates attract many camera touting visitors, Namibia's natural landscapes are a sight like no other. From the highest dunes in the world, to the red sands of Sossusvlei, to the deep hippo pools of the Okavango, this unsoiled land offers photographic opportunities for anyone who experiences it from behind the camera lens.
2. GAME VIEWING AND BIRD WATCHING
Namibia's many game parks and open land guarantee any visitor an opportunity to see a variety of Africa's big game animals. Etosha National Park is one of the best Africa has to offer and is home to a large number of African species. It's certain you will leave Etosha N.P. having seen a big cat, usually a lion or if you're really lucky an entire pride of lion. The best time to see game is in the dry months, July-October, when many waterholes have dried from the previous rainy season and animals are forced to the few that remain. Also, in recent years rhinoceroses have been reintroduced to the Namib-Naukluft N.P. and there is a chance you could see one up close.
The Etosha Pan and areas in Bushmanland host thousands of bird as they migrate north to south each year. From the large nests of weaver birds to flocks of flamingos, Namibia is a great environment to be at peace and catch sight of unique flocks of birds.
Day trips and long, multi-day treks can be found in all parts of the country, ranging from easy to difficult terrain. Whether you are day trekking in Sossusvlei or on your seventh day in the Namib Naukluft N.P., there is a great chance to see Namibia's wildlife while relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is important to remember summer time day temperatures can top past 40°C, and as a result many longer trails (Fish River Canyon, for example) are closed from November through March. Although beautiful, trekking in Namibia can be very dangerous and you should always carry plenty of water with you.
Namibians themselves are by far one of the best reasons to visit. You will often find yourself being taken care of, offered gifts, and in good conversation. Its rich diversity allows for new cultural activities and foods to be discovered, constantly freshening up your holiday. Take time to learn the people's culture, hear what they have to say, and share stories of your home. Above all other reasons, Namibians will leave you with lasting impressions.
Namibia is the first country in the world to incorporate the protection of the environment into its constitution. As a result this place is one of the world's last true frontiers where there are more animals than people. With the World Cup 2010 coming to South Africa in the summer, don't only enjoy the game of football (soccer) but also get out on safari!
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Jeremiah Allen is a professional travel writer and adventure travel and safari consultant. He can be found at http://www.traveltheworldlikeme.com
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