It’s an eerie but fascinating sight – the hulks of wrecked ships sticking up through the sand, constantly nudged by Atlantic rollers, in a barren landscape under a hot African sun. These are not the only bones on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast – many are human, European sailors; the Portuguese knew this as the Gates of Hell. Despite the heat, you shiver slightly. But Africa’s largest colony of Cape fur seals are happy to call it home.
This is indeed a land of natural wonders. Fish River Canyon, that massive geological gash that reminds you of the Grand Canyon, gouged out of the earth over thousands of years. The awesome, massive sand dunes at Sossusvlei, forming swirling patterns from the world’s oldest desert. Deadvlei, where the parched limbs of petrified trees cast bizarre shadows over the bleached desert pan. Look around – the contrast with the cobalt skies and the towering red sands of Big Daddy, the tallest dune at 325m, makes a stunning picture. The wildlife utopia of the Etosha National Park with its thrilling game drives vies with getting up close to leopards and cheetahs in the bush at Okinjima.
Surreal, enthralling – this is an adventure with a lifetime of memories. Take the first step with a Chapters Experience Holiday in Namibia, the land of beautiful extremes.