Namibia, "The Land God made in Anger", is a harsh and arid country of stark beauty. This ancient land of vast distances and ever-changing scenery is home to the world's oldest desert, the world's highest sand dunes and the world's oldest plant. The population density is one of the lowest in the world, yet the diverse peoples have created a rich blend of cultures and traditions. This was the first country in the world to incorporate care of wildlife and the environment into it's constitution, and flora and fauna abound.

The capital, Windhoek, is an attractive, modern city, displaying a strong influence from its German heritage. There are a number of attractive options of where to stay to suit every taste, ranging from small and personalised pensions to the luxurious Windhoek Country Club and Casino Resort. From September 1997 the Desert Express Train will link Windhoek and Swakopmund via an overnight train journey.

Etosha is Namibia's premier wildlife park, offering huge concentrations of wildlife including the "Big Five". One of the largest protected areas in the world, the Namib-Naukluft Park occupies 50 000 km2 of the southern coastal region. Here are some of the world's highest sand dunes - a number of them, notably in the Sossusvlei area, rise 300m above the interdune valleys and measure a full 30 km from end to end. To the East of Namibia, the wetlands of the Caprivi Strip stretch towards Zimbabwe.


The Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre has been built in and around the impeccably restored old station building. From here you can explore the surrounding desert areas, from Cape Cross, where Europeans first set foot on Namibian soil more than 500 years ago and home to a colony of 80 000 to 150 000 Cape fur seals, to the "moon landscape" and ancient Welwitschia mirabalis plants, including the giant Huab Welwitschia, with an estimated age of 1500 years. Enjoy a round of golf on Swakopmund's Desert golf course.


Ongava Lodge is situated on the adjacent 35000 hectare Ongava Private Game Reserve, offering wonderful views onto the salt pans which dominate the centre of the park. Ongava offers five star luxury to a maximum of twenty guests in stone and thatch chalets, combined with day and night game drives from open-topped four-wheel drive vehicles under the guidance of highly trained, ecologically aware rangers, and short walking trails. Mokuti Lodge, a four star resort situated 500 m from Etosha's Von Lindequist Gate, offers a comfortable alternative.
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In the heart of the Namib offering views of the imposing Sossusvlei dunes lies Kulala Desert Lodge, accommodating a maximum of 24 guests in en suite desert-adapted "kulalas" (thatched chalets) offering the option of spending a night under the star studded sky on your private rooftop terrace. Travel to the dunes with your experienced guide in a 4x4 vehicle. Take to the skies for a bird's eye view of the dunes by hot air balloon (optional).
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Impalila Island, Namibia, is found at the confluence of the mighty Zambezi and Chobe Rivers in the Caprivi Strip. The lodge consists of six double en-suite wood and thatch chalets, integrated into the riverine forest and elevated, with magnificent views over the river or quieter backwater. The main complex is built around two ancient Baobab trees, and consists of dining room, bar, deck and lounge, library, recreation area and swimming pool. Game viewing by boat along the Chobe River produces many sightings of Africa's varied big game. Mekoro trips are popular for exploring the river, quieter backwater and expansive flood plains surrounding the lodge, while fishing and walking are also popular.

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