Namibia…An African Eden

The Namib Desert at Dawn

I was recently assigned to write an article for a magazine all about travel to the African country of Namibia. Namibia is a country of unmatched natural beauty and home to some of the most wonderful people I’ve met in all my life. Through my travels to Namibia, the articles I’ve written about the country (the latest appears in this month’s Sports Afield), and interviews I’ve done for my upcoming book I had plenty of material. For those of you that have been there I don’t have to tell you what a wonderful destination Namibia is. You already know. But if you have never been there and you’ve always wanted to see Africa let me give you five good reasons to check out Namibia.

1.)   It’s Safe

This should be a major concern to any traveler. Thanks to the mainstream media most Americans are scared to death travel to Africa. That’s unfair. Namibia is a very safe country and if you doubt that check out travel.state.gov to verify. Don’t do anything stupid (a rule for travelers anywhere) and there is very little chance you will have a problem.

2.)  It’s Easy To Get To and Through

Air Namibia flies from Frankfurt, Germany to Windhoek Namibia almost daily (though flight schedules change). There are other ways to arrive in Windhoek but the U.S.–Germany–Namibia path is by far my favorite. Namibia is also the best place for a self-drive safari and there are many reputable companies in the country.

3.)  The Price is Fair

So many people think they can’t afford a safari but that may not be true. Namibia has many reputable companies that will do their best to be sure that you have a great safari and they will work to meet your budget. Need to stay in five-star hotels? They exist in Namibia. Want to stay in tent camps in the African wilderness? Go for it. Either way you’ll have a wonderful time!

4.) They’ve Got That…

Namibia is about far more than just clicking photos of exotic game. You’ll want to do that but you can also hike through some rugged mountains, travel down reed-choked waterways in canoes, ride quads in the desert and much more. From the beautiful seaside town of Swakopmund to the depths of the Kalahari Desert and the swamps of the Caprivi Strip, Namibia offers something new every day.

5.)  The Game

Okay, if you’ve come to Africa you want to see game animals. Namibia is a great place for that, too. Etosha National Park is home to lions, elephant, zebra, giraffe, kudu, oryx, hyenas, leopards and a host of other species plus over 300 varieties of birds. There are game farms across the country where you can set in a blind and take photos of a variety of animals at close range, something you can’t do in very many other countries. Better bring two cameras.

If you are serious about Namibia contact me and I’d be more than happy to talk to you or place you in contact with a company that will work to insure that your trip is a success.