WHY VISIT SOUTHERN NAMIBIA
- Explore the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon – the largest on the continent
- Stumble across abandoned mining towns, littered with colonial German architecture
- Spot seals, flamingos and penguins along Luderitz’s harsh coastline
- Explore the untouched Sperrgebiet National Park – much of which is inaccessible due to diamond mining
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT SOUTHERN NAMIBIA
With large areas of the Sperrgebiet off limits and sights scattered across the region, this area is often over looked by first-time visitors to Namibia. However, it boasts just as much spectacular landscape as the northern parts of the country, culminating with the vast Fish River Canyon. This canyon, found close to the South African border, can be explored both on foot or by 4x4, as it cuts its way through 160km of rock and sand.
Further north, the landscape flattens and the sands of the Namib begin. On their southern edge, the ghost town of Kolmanskop lies abandoned – its mining riches now exhausted. The houses, built by German colonists, are still standing, but the sands of the desert have begun to fill them, making for an eerie atmosphere.
To the west, the winds and waves of the Atlantic batter the remote coastline, which is dotted with settlements that feel trapped in the past. The largest of these is Lüderitz, with its colourful Art Nouveau architecture. This coastline also attracts wildlife, in spite of the harsh climate, including seals, penguins and flamingos. Penguin Island, in Luderitz Bay, is named after its unusual visitors.