If you are lucky enough to encounter a Welwitschia plant it is a life-experience as this is such a rare sight. They are one of the most unique plants and also one of the ugliest.
In a still moment, you will hear the sand dunes singing their haunting song. Fascinating people, flora and animals are perfectly adapted to survive in this remorseless landscape. Namibia boasts some of the finest lodges and camps you will find on the continent.
Namibia's Skeleton Coast conjures up mysterious visions of mist-enshrouded beaches strewn with bleached whalebones and rusted shipwrecks. Stretching from the south of Namibia up into Angola, the Skeleton Coast and its hinterland is a landscape of haunting beauty, a vast area of rolling sand dunes, expanses of uninhabited desert plains, fossil beds, unique geological formations, desert-adapted animals and strange vegetation.
Exquisitely positioned and exclusive, you will be pampered, spoilt and awed by this “land of the big sky”. Fringed by the cold Atlantic Ocean to the West, the country has a wild desert coastline where seals congregate and dolphins flip and frolic in the waves. Waterways filled with water lilies meander along the Caprivi, which is found to the north-west.
You can enter Namibia by land, sea or air and whichever you choose it will be a breathtaking experience.
A definite must see is Kolmanskop (or Kolmannskuppe), which is located in the Namib Desert. This desert ghost town was named after transport driver Johnny Coleman.
The German Empire ruled the area from 1884 to 1915 and it was known as German South-West Africa. Diamonds were found here in 1908 and caused an influx of German miners. The village was built in the architectural style of a German town and even had the first tram in Africa that led to the next town. It had many amenities and buildings including a theatre, hospital, casino, school, bowling alley, ballroom and sport-hall, power station, ice factory and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere.
The desert sands are now reclaiming the town. Many of the houses have several feet of sand inside them and the outside of many buildings are deteriorating. This is truly a must see quirky travel destination not to be missed.