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Ai Ais

Ai Ais

Ais Ais is a natural hot spring rich area in Namibia. Ais Ais backpacking tours are just the thing for outdoor fanatics and nature fans.

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Aus

Aus

What's in Aus exactly? Well, dunes, dunes and more dunes! Oh, plus a few horses and a fuel station. This desert-filled Namibian location is a great backpacking stopover destination. Other than sand, one thing this area does have in abundance is stunning sunsets. Every. Single. Night.

Prisoner of war camp Aus by energie 1966

Here we have a photo of the Memorial for the Prisoner of War Camp in Aus, Namibia.

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Wild horses in the Aus landscape by Overlanding Africa

Oryx make their way over the plains of Aus. Grazing, strolling, just being oryx.

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Church of Aus by georgio

I present to you - the Church of Aus! If you're in Aus, why not pay it a visit?

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Abandoned and desolate in Aus by Overlanding Africa

In Aus, here lies an abandoned car, left for nothing more than a great photo opportunity.

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Haitsi Aibeb by tscherno

See those piled up rocks? They're what you call Haitsi Aibeb. They're graves of the Haiseb. They're specially for deities who lived in primitive times. In those days they believed that animals ruled and the dead could be revived.

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Aus is one of those truly beautiful, unspoiled areas in Namibia. It's hard not to enjoy the unique destination while you're there...

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Bethanien

Bethanien

The small sleepy town of Bethanien is situated in Namibia. Bethanian is a perfect budget travel destination with a blend of turn of the century charm and small town atmosphere.

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Brandberg

Brandberg

The Brandberg Mountains are situated in the Damaraland region of Namibia. Brandberg is ideal for nature-loving budget travelers, and offers a wealth of natural wonders to experience.

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Bwabwata National Park

Bwabwata National Park

For a game-rich safari off the beaten track, head on up to Bwabwata National Park in Namibia. The wildlife, bird life, vegetation and landscapes are going to make your camera work like they've never worked before, I tell you.

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You'll find Bwabwata National Park in the north east of Namibia. Up there, labelled number 8 on the map.

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Photo by Old and Solo

The national park is a bit of a thoroughfare for elephants and other game. It's bang in the middle of their migration route from Botswana to Angola.

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Photo by Michael Paskevicius

Bwabwata National Park is rich in a variety of vegetation types. It's got North-eastern Kalahari Woodland, Caprivi Mopane Woodland, Riverine Woodlands and Islands, Caprivi Floodplains and Okavango Valley.

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Photo by Nicolas M. Perrault

The national park has the Okavango River to its west and the Kwando River to its east.

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Photo by Squeakymarmot

The Trans-Caprivi Highway (B8) is the main road that runs between the towns of Rundu, Katima Mulilo, and Bwabwata, linking Namibia to Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

If you're looking for a national park to enjoy an authentic African safari in, Bwabwata won't disappoint. It's got over 400 bird species you know! 400! That's awesome.

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Cape Cross Seal Colony

Cape Cross Seal Colony

Cape Cross Seal Colony is situated in Namibia. Cape Cross Seal Colony budget travel is ideal for animal and nature lovers.

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Caprivi Strip

Caprivi Strip

The beautiful, game-rich Caprivi Strip is situated in Namibia. The Caprivi Strip is an ideal budget travel destination for nature lovers and adventurists.

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Cheetah Park

Cheetah Park

Cheetah Park is situated in Namibia. Cheetah Park budget travel experience allows visitors a chance to see these big cats up close and personal.

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Epupa Falls

Epupa Falls

Waterfalls have an atmosphere about them that are both mighty and magic at the same time and the Epupa Falls gives of an air of exactly that. You’ll find this thundering sheet of water on the border of Angola and Namibia in the Kunene region. In Namibia this site is called Epupa Falls, but hop on over into Angola and it’s called Monte Negro Falls. Either way - worth a visit.

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Photo by UltraView Admin

Epupa Falls’ water weight is so heavy that when it hits the river below there’s some definite frothing and foaming going on. That’s actually where the river gets its name from - "Epupa" means “foam” in Herero.

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Photo by Pius Mahimbi

The river that leads up to Epupa Falls is half a kilometre wide and tumbles down in 2 1.5 km spread of waterfalls. The greatest drop in the series of falls is a grand 37 m.

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Photo by UltraView Admin

There is a makoro-full of fish and other aquatic species that swim for their lives in Epupa Falls every day. It’s no surprise really – the area is absolutely thriving with lush vegetation and the creatures that live off it. 

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Photo by Corinna1411

Epupa Falls is a much-loved attraction in Namibia. The unspoiled atmosphere that runs wild around the falls adds to this natural attraction’s appeal. There are fig trees, makalani palms, baobabs and coloured rock walls everywhere. Simply beautiful.

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How do you manage to keep a site like this so beautifully preserved so that each traveller manages to experience the attraction as if it were a true hidden gem? Well, you make sure that the path to its location isn’t a walk in the park. To get to the Epupa Falls you need to get there in a 4x4… but the bumpy path is all worth it. Cross my heart.

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Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park is situated in Namibia. Etosha National Park backpacking tours are ideal for the adventure traveller with a love for nature.

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Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon is situated in Namibia. Fish River Canyon budget travel highlights include camping and hiking.

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Gobabis

Gobabis

Gobabis is a small farming town in Namibia. Gobabis backpacking tours offer a range of attractions including rock paintings.

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Helmeringhausen

Helmeringhausen

Helmeringhausen is a small settlement in Namibia. Helmeringhausen budget travel offers a range of low-cost attractions and activities.

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Himba Village

Himba Village

On the plains of northern Namibia in the Kunene region live the Himba. You'll also find a few of them living on the Angolan side of the Kunene River though. About 20 000 to 50 000 indigineous people still live in Himba villages today!

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It's tradition for women to braid each other's hair. They usually weave plastic hair into their natural hair and then cover the hair with an ochre mixture.

Photo by Ana_ge

A Himba village usually sees a group of extented family living in one place. The tribe uses a small area to set up their work shelters and huts, usually in a circle. The circular layout means that the Himba can keep their livestock in a central enclosure at the heart of their village.

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If you do decided to go on a tour of a Himba village, you'll learn that the fire and the livestock (that are both kept in the centre of the homestead) are closely woven into the tribe's belief in ancestor worship. The fire represents ancesteral protection while the livestock is said to allow proper relations between human and ancestor.

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Within a Himba village, the women work just as hard as the men do... if not harder. It's usually up to the men to sort out all the political affairs and legal goodies. While the men do this kind of thing, the women are doing things like looking after the children or carrying water to the village.

Photo by Ana_ge

From the photos above, no doubt you can see that the Himba don't wear a whole lot of clothing. The women mix a paste of otjize (butter fat and ochre) and smear it on their bodies. The paste gives the skin a reddish tinge and is said to protect their skin from the sun.

For a taste of Namibia's anything-but-westernised culture, make sure you schedule in a trip to a Himba village when in northern Namibia.

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Kalahari Desert

Kalahari Desert

One of the biggest stretches of land, the Kalahari Desert is semi-arid land that runs through five countries. Game reserves in the desert across each region are rich with San culture, unique wildlife and plant life and stunning desert landscapes.

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Kamanjab

Kamanjab

In the Namibian Kunene Region you'll find Kamanjab. It's here that travellers will find themselves with the opportunity to interact with people from a Himba tribe, pet a tame cheetah before a walk on the wilder side in Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm, and will get to experience a special piece of Namibia.

Kamanjab Kunene Region

This is the view that looks out over Kamanjab's Kunene Region.

Image by Tscherno

Dancing Himba women

In Kamanjab you have the opportunity to spend some time with people from a Himba tribe.

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Cheetahs in Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm

A game drive into the Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm gives you an opportunity to watch these usually hard-to-spot creatures.

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Feeding cheetahs at Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm

The grand finale of a trip into the Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm is the feeding session.

Image by Martijn Munneke

Tame cheetahs at Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm

Tame cheetahs live just outside Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm with the farm's owner.

Image by Martijn Munneke

Kamanjab offers a slice of magical Namibia. If given the opportunity to experience the area, I'd recommend you take it... with both hands.

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Keetmanshoop

Keetmanshoop

Buried in the southern Namibia region of Karas, Keetmanshoop is found near two kokerboom (quiver tree) forests which are well worth a visit on any Namibia overland tour. Named after its German founder and businessman Johann Keetman, its name literally means Keetmans Hope. Keetmanshoop lives within a desert climate, which only adds to the destination's unique appeal.

Quiver tree forest, keetmanshoop

Seeing as Keetmanshoop is right next to two forests filled with quiver trees - here we have a photo of a string of them rooted in Keetmanshoop soil.

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Keetmanshoop quiver tree

The quiver tree is definitely symbolic of this area in Namibia.

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Quiver tree at sunset at keetmanshoop

Namibia definitely has its fair share of gorgeous sunsets, but seeing Africa's ball of fire sink beyond the horizon from behind a quiver tree is really something stunning.

Image by Sara&Joachim

Keetmanshoop quiver tree landscape

Keetmanshoop landscape. No prizes for spotting a quiver tree...

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Keetmanshoop Sky

Keetmanshoop - one of Namibia's most beautiful and character filled areas.

Image by Overlanding Africa

While on your great exploration of Namibia, Keetmanshoop is one of those lovely places that offer a little bit of magic that add to an epic Namibian adventure.

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Kwando River

Kwando River

Scenery, scenery and more flourishing scenery. Kwando River (also spelled Cuando River) is a thriving part of Namibia's Caprivi Strip, and we all know how utterly lush and unspoiled the Caprivi region is! A taste of the Kwando River gives you a front-row seat to some prime game viewing and spectacular views. The Kwando gets two thumbs up from us.

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Photo by Brian McMorrow

You'll find that the Kwando River actually flows through both Angola and Namibia. Not just Namibia. It actually also stretches into the Linyanti Swamp on the northern border of Botswana.

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Photo by Peter Harrison

The Kwando River's waterways are no stranger to a boat-load of wildlife - hippo's being part of the Kwando River family.

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Photo by Peter Pawlowski

I bet you'll be surprised at how many national parks the river actually runs through or past. Six! Yes, six! The national parks are Coutada Publica do Luiana in Angola, Sioma Ngwezi National Park in Zambia, Chobe National Park in Botswana, and three national parks in Namibia - Bwabwata National Park, Mudumu National Park and Mamili National Park.

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Photo by Gerry Labrijn

The river rises in Angola's central plateau on the slopes of Mount Tembo. From there it runs southeast along the Zambian border.

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Photo by Ian White

That's a secretary bird perched up there. It's one of the many birds you'll see in the area. The Kwando River is so lush and unspoiled because all the wildlife, birdlife and vegetation are protected. For the full length of Kwando River's run, there are game reserves and wildlife management areas that keep their inhabitants safe.

Expect a magical safari experience along the Kwando River. Oh, and be sure to get stuck into all the stargazing, bird watching, wildlife spotting and hiking you can get your hands on to make sure you make the most of your time in the wilderness. Enjoy!

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Luderitz

Luderitz

Luderitz is situated in Namibia. Luderitz backpacking tours offer a range of attractions including hiking, desert horses and sand dune exploring.

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Mudumo National Park

Mudumo National Park

Namibia's Mudumo National Park, also knows as Mudumu National Park, is a beautiful stretch of Africa to enjoy a game viewing, bird watching, photography safari in Africa. It's an opportunity to experience the best of the Caprivi region with its tranquil wilderness and stunning African sunsets.

Mudumu National Park

There's nothing better than parking off in front of the sunset at the end of a day driving around Mudumo National Park.

Image by Overlanding Africa

Caprivi region

The Caprivi Region offers top-notch game viewing and landscapes that your camera lens will absolutely fall in love with.

Caprivi region by mpaskevi

Mudumu map

Here we have a map of Mudumu that shows you just how large the national park is.

Image by NamParks Project

African elephants

Mudumo National Park just happens to be a part of the African elephant's migration route from Botswana to Angola.

African elephants by oldandsolo

Mudumu National Park

Welcome to Mudumu National Park! It's not the prettiest sign, but this is Africa...

Image by Energie1966

Mudumo National Park is one of Africa's most beautiful safari spots where travellers can go to experience the African wilderness as it should be - unspoiled.

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Namib Naukluft Park

Namib Naukluft Park

Namib Naukluft Park is situated in Namibia. Namib Naukluft Park backpacking tours offer the beauty of the Namib desert with amazing views and stunning scenery.

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Ondangwa

Ondangwa

Ondangwa is situated in Namibia. Ondangwa budget travel is ideal for travelers passing through, offering a fuel stop with basic supplies on offer.

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Opuwo

Opuwo

In the Kunene region of Namibia is where you'll find Opuwo. It's here that travellers have the opportunity to mingle with members of a Himba, Herero and Dhimba tribe; venture off to view Epupa Waterfalls and experience Marienfluss.

Opuwo landscape

Here we have a photo of a classic Opuwo landscape.

Image by tlongacre

Southern masked-weave

When you're in the area, keep an eye open for the female southern masked weaver - she'll be around.

Image by Pius Mahimbi

Opuwo scenery

Heading out into Opuwo to meet members of the Himba tribe.

Image by tlongacre

Himba tribe

This photo is of one of the Himba tribe's children.

Image by Yannboix

Himba tribe

The Himba interaction sees travellers heading into a traditional Himba village and meeting the members of the tribe.

Image by tlongacre

Opuwo is another puzzle piece that makes up a magical adventure in Namibia.

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Orange River - Namibia

Orange River - Namibia

The Orange River in Namibia runs through mining towns of Rosh Pinah and Oranjemund. Orange River Namibia budget travel offers a range of activities - ideal for adventure sports fans and nature lovers.

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Otjiwarongo

Otjiwarongo

Otjiwarongo is a large town in Namibia. Otjiwarongo budget travel gives you a chance to view Namibia's largest cheetah population - perfect for nature lovers and photographers alike.

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Outjo

Outjo

You'll find Outjo in Namibia, situated in a great spot that allows travellers to replenish their stocks and continue their Namibian adventure. The town of Outjo has its own museums, but beyond the dose of history, the town is great for feeding travellers to Etosha National Park and Gamkarab Cave.

Namibian flag

Outjo is rooted in Namibia's Kunene Region. Proudly Namibian! 

Image by alex_smith1

German flag

Outjo was founded by Germans under the command of Colonel Theodor von Leutwein in 1897.

Image by tjuel

Outjo Main Street

This is quite a nice photo of Outjo main street. Nothing fancy, but it does the job.

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Etosha national park

Outjo is the town that many travellers pass through before heading to Etosha National Park.

Image by Yannboix

Petrified Forest

Less than an hour away from Outjo is the area called the Petrified Forest. It's a small sandstone plateau that many travellers enjoy visiting.

Image by Jean & Nathalie

Outjo itself isn't anything to write home about, but it does have a post office, and when you're sending post cards back home - that's all you need.

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Palmwag

Palmwag

Palmwag is situated in Namibia. Palmwag budget travel offers a range of attractions to enjoy, making it ideal for Namibian backpacking tours. - Desert elephants - Quad biking - Desert tours - Game drives - Bird watching

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Popa Falls

Popa Falls

Popa Falls is situated in Namibia's Caprivi Region. Even though the site is called Popa Falls, the stretch of flowing is water is actually a run of rapids and isn't a waterfall. 

Popa Falls

What creates the Popa Falls rapids is a run of the Okavango Delta's water supply over a string of bounders. Voila - Popa Falls is created.

Image by Dr. Thomas Wagner

Overlanding Africa

Popa Falls may not be a waterfall, or even the biggest rapid in Africa, but it most definitely is a beautiful location that's perfect for enjoying adventure activities around.

Image by Overlanding Africa

Caprivi region

Namibia's Caprivi Region is thriving with its fair share of water, vegetation and amazing sunsets. It's in this area that Popa Falls lives.

Image by Michael Paskevicius

Bird life in the Caprivi

The Caprivi Region is known for its abundance of bird life, making for an epic destination for bird-spotting enthusiasts.

Image by Bjmccray

Wildlife in the Caprivi

Before, during and after your trip to see Popa Falls, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on the banks of the Okavango Delta. The area is a hotspot for wildlife viewing.

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Popa Falls is surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes you can come across in Africa. With wildlife roaming the surrounding area and the Okavango Delta feeding the falls, a trip to Popa Falls means you're on a safari.

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Ruacana Falls

Ruacana Falls

Namibia isn't lacking in the natural attractions department. Ruacana Falls tumble from the Kunene River near Ruacana in northern Namibia. A visit to the falls (when it's in full-flood) will have you scoping out the site's 120 m high and 700 m wide drop of water, making it one of the largest waterfalls in Africa.

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Photo by ImperatoM

Even though Namibia is known for its arid climate, Ruacana Falls exists despite the odds - it's got the Kunene River to thank for that. The Kunene River is the only river in Namibia that's given the area waterfalls.

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Photo by Oshilumbu5

Namibia is home to natural, cultural and historic gems. The area around Ruacana Falls is where you can find Himba people who call this strech of earth home.

Image by Rubend Nazario

Photo by Rubend Nazario

As you can imagine, Ruacana Falls is a brilliant spot to enjoy adventure activities. If you're up for a fast-paced activity, then sign up for an afternoon of canoeing or white-water rafting - it's a great way to enjoy a different kind of safari experience. Keep your eyes peeled and waterproof camera close, you may spot a sleepy croc crossing your path.

Image by Foundert

Photo by Foundert

Where is Ruacana Falls exactly? Well, from southern Africa, make your way up Africa to Namibia's northern border - if you hit Angola you've gone too far. The Kunene River is actually the thing that separates Namibia from neighbouring country, Angola.

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Photo by Rtevels

To get to the falls from the Namibian side you'll find your path leading through Outapi. Here you can enjoy more than just the majesty of the falls, you can enjoy the area with hiking and biking trails, a visit to the Outapi war museum and a visit to the Omukwa Ombalantu Baobab Tree. The area is absolutely beautiful with the surrounding rock formations, vibrant colours of nature and scattering of trees.

For a taste of Namibia's Kaokoland, and the remote wilderness that calls it home, you won't want to miss an opportunity to experience Ruacana Falls.

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Rundu

Rundu

Rundu is situated in Namibia. Situated on the banks of the Okavango River, Rundu budget travel offers a range of attractions in the Caprivi region of Namibia.

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Sesriem

Sesriem

Sesriem is situated in Namibia. Sesriem backpacking tours allow you to experience the gateway to the Namib desert, with a host of attractions to see and experience.

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Skeleton Coast National Park

Skeleton Coast National Park

Skeleton Coast National Park is situated along the coast of Namibia. Skeleton Coast National Park backpacking tours are highly popular for all travelers.

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Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is situated in the Namib desert in Namibia. Sossusvlei is a popular backpacking tour destination for desert exploration.

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Spitzkoppe

Spitzkoppe

Spitzkoppe is situated in Namibia. Spitzkoppe is a popular budget travel destination for nature lovers and adventurists.

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Swakopmund

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is situated in Namibia. Swakopmund is known as the adventure capital, and is ideal for backpacking tours for adventurists.

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Twyfelfontein

Twyfelfontein

Twyfelfontein is Africa's rock art central. It's rooted in Namibia's northwestern Kunene region and has its own spring.

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Photo by Schnobby

As you can imagine, Twyfelfontein is a famous landmark in Namibia's Kunene region and is a much-loved tourist attraction. Many travellers have visited the area and done as they should - taking nothing but photos and leaving nothing but footprints.

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Photo by Schnobby

Twyfelfontein has had residents for over 6 000 years. First it was the hunter-gatherers who moved in, and then later it was the Khoikhoi herders. Both groups of people used it as a very special place of worship and rituals.

Image by Schnobby

Photo by Greg Willis

With at least 2 500 rock paintings at Twyfelfontein, it's no big shocker that the site shows off one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa. UNESCO even gave Twyfelfontein the nod of approval when they dubbed the site Namibia's first World Heritage Site in 2007.

Image by Greg Willis

Photo by Schnobby

Twyfelfontein is tucked away in the Huab valley of southern Kunene region's Mount Etjo. The area used to be known as Damaraland - that sounding more familiar?

Image by Calips

Photo by Calips

So why is it called Twyfelfontein? Well, Twyfeltontein is actually an Afrikaans word. The site gets its name from the area's valley spring.

Twyfelfontein is almost always on a Namibian travellers agenda because of its ability to give us a peek into the lives of the cultures that called the sandstone landscape home many many moons ago.

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Waterberg Plateau

Waterberg Plateau

Waterberg Plateau is situated in Namibia. Waterberg is one of the country's top backpacking tour destinations.

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Windhoek

Windhoek

Windhoek is the capital of Namibia. Windhoek is a vibrant city with many attractions, making it ideal for backpacking tours across the region.

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