Rock and surf angling is still the most popular sport along the Namibian beaches. Thousands of anglers from all over Southern Africa visit the area between Walvis Bay and Henties Bay every year from February to April to partake in this popular sport. With the growing popularity of shark angling, Namibia is one of the few countries in the world following a national action plan for the conservation of shark species. Tour guides in Coastal Towns are excellently equipped to take groups of anglers on excursions to the best spots for responsible shark angling.
Namibia, especially the Khomas Hochland/Gamsberg area west of Windhoek, has the third clearest and least light-polluted sky in the world. Many visitors come from the northern hemisphere, hence the southern hemisphere’s new array of constellations and stars are a breath taking experience. Many lodges and tour operators have their own telescopes and provide their guests with a layman’s introduction to astrology. There is an impressive collection of telescopes and other equipment at the guest farm, Hakos, maintained by the German-based International Amateur Observatory. The Capella Observatory, near Windhoek, has a 24″ reflector – one of the largest amateur telescopes in Africa.
Most bird species favour specific habitats above others and thus Namibia is blessed with a variety of bird-watching destinations where the keen watchers can satisfy their interests by sighting and recording new species. Some major bird-watching locations include Etosha National Park, Waterberg Plateau, the Caprivi and northern river systems, as well as locations along the coast such as Sandwich Harbour and Walvis Bay lagoon. The Namib Desert offers great opportunities for sighting rare endemics like the Herero Chat and Dune Lark.
DUNE & SANDBOARDING
The Namib Desert, the oldest in the world, is reputed to house some of the largest sand dunes on the planet. Dune and Sandboarding are predominantly offered at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, where numerous operators provide boarding activities or equipment hire. You can conquer these constantly shifting and towering mountains by zooming down their sheer faces on a traditional Swakopmund sandboard or carve up the dune with style and skill on a snowboard adapted for sand.
Namibia has extensive airstrips across the country providing an extensive air transport system. Novice pilots have various options: craft can be hired or flown in and recreational flying is possible at various locations. The popular location for flying in Namibia is at Bitterwasser Lodge, which is situated between Uhlenhorst and Hoachanas on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. The Bitterwasser saltpan with its diameter of three kilometers is used as a runway system. As one of the world’s leading soaring centers, Bitterwasser offers scenic flights with a glider, micro-light or motorized planes and hot air ballooning.
Namibia’s varied geology encompasses rocks of Archaen to Phanerozoic age, thus covering more than 2600 million years of history. Nearly half of the country’s surface area is bedrock exposure, while the remainder is covered by young surface deposits of the Kalahari and Namib Deserts.
Namibia offers the finest photographic opportunities. This land of contrast and beauty is ideally suited to the professional and amateur alike. Whether the passion is for images of people, nature or landscapes, Namibia has it all and more. Namibia features a wide range of photo subjects and the superb weather provides excellent light variations. This ensures the visitor can exercise creative styles or simply record the unique beauty of the land, its inhabitants and its abundant nature. Photographic safaris allow visitors to spend more time in certain areas such as desert landscapes or wildlife in Etosha and Kaokoland.
For the discerning hiker, Namibia offers largely untouched scenery, majestic plateau mountains, extinct volcanoes, gentle dunes, coarse gravel plains, deep canyons and rugged mountain ranges. Whether you enjoy hiking, mountaineering, free-climbing or simply walking – you will find the perfect spot to do so. Namibia boasts two of the most famous and most challenging trails in southern Africa: the Fish River Hiking Trail through the winding gorge of the Fish River Canyon and the Naukluft Hiking Trail in the rugged solitude of the Naukluft Mountains. Even running enthusiasts will not be disappointed as there is an annual Bush Marathon.