The sands of Namibia “turn silver” this year as the country celebrates its 25th anniversary of independence on 21 March 2015Namibia has made ground-breaking progress in sustainable development: it was the first African country to include protection of its environment within its constitution and as such almost one-fifth of the country falls within national park boundaries – its landscapes are striking and its wildlife and people are enthralling.
Get behind the wheel and explore Namibia’s natural highlights with andBeyond’s new 11-night self-drive adventure. Starting in Windhoek, Namibia’s bustling capital city, the drive heads to the red sand dunes at Sossusvlei with two nights at andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.
Namibia is considered one of the world’s top destinations for stargazing and andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge has its own state-of-the-art observatory and resident astronomer to provide guests with insight into the magnificent constellations of Africa’s first international Dark Sky Reserve. Other highlights include scenic safari drives, guided hikes and the option to enjoy a hot air balloon ride.
The charming colonial, seaside town of Swakopmund is the next stop before the rugged and rocky landscape of Damaraland, where fascinating desert species exist next to relics of ancient San Bushmen. The final stops include a visit to the Salt Plans in Etosha National Park and the Okonjima Reserve which is home to the AFRICAT Foundation and home to cheetah, antelope, leopard, spotted hyena and the African wild dog.