Namibia has been described as the final frontier, a wild and rough nation, exposed to the components like no other southern African nation. Sandwiched in between two of the world's oldest deserts, the Namib and Kalahari, the landscapes are weathered, desolate, and exposed to some of the harshest situations on the face of our planet. From the rolling hills of Kaokoland, to the Skeleton Coast and the misty cold blanket of the South Atlantic, to the diamond wealthy region of Sperrgebeit, Namibia is a diverse and contrasting spot to practical experience, luring in the mysterious frontier for explorers to make a hot new tourist location.
So with all this excitement why has it now only turn into a new tourist location?
As a journalist in 1980 noted…
“South Africa has mobilized thousands of military reservists to reinforce army units in northern Namibia, exactly where a single of the most significant operations in the 13 year war against nationalist guerrillas is stated to be underway. Hundreds of trucks, troop carriers, and armored automobiles have been moved north by means of Windhoek in convoys usually a number of miles lengthy.”
With the coming of Independence and peace only the most intrepid travelers complete-heartedly jumped into a newly independent Namibia in the early 1990's and pioneered this new tourist location. Considering that these early days, the word has spread and continues to excite the traveling masses with extraordinary visions.
What was it precisely individuals have been saying about Namibia? And why have been their words generating a contagious buzz?
From the days our ancestor's left Africa and ventured out into the frontiers of Asia minor and what is now Europe, to the Vikings of Scandinavia sighting Greenland for the 1st time, and even with the curiosity of a good philosopher himself, Thomas Jefferson willingly sending two guys on a secret expedition to gather understanding about the North American continent, human hearts have constantly found goal and a rejuvenated living spirit in venturing to the unknown.
In an region half the size of Alaska…
Populated by only a measly two million individuals (Namibia is the least populated nation in the planet, second to only Mongolia) nature reaches to the far horizons, obstructed by absolutely nothing. Wildlife flourishes in what could quickly be categorized as some of the earth's harshest environments, providing life to endemic species such as the Desert Adapted Elephant and the Welwitschia mirabilis in the Namib Desert.
And with every year that passes…
The native peoples of Namibia are getting understood and sought following. The San Bushmen of the Kalahari are treasured and marveled, placed upon the similar pedestal as a single of Africa's final remaining semi-nomadic tribe -the Himba.
But even previous the sights of an older planet, the Herero, Kwangali, Damara, Lozi, and Owambo peoples spark curiosity and inspire compassion. Namibia's wealthy diversity permits for new cultural activities and foods to be found and no trip shall go with out delving into the ancient Bantu and Bushmen traditions… adding to the allure of a new tourist location.
To walking a land exactly where there are much more wildlife than individuals.