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SPITZKOPPE

The Spitzkoppe – Between Usakos and Swakopmund, The Spitzkoppe rises sharply into towering granite pentacles casting a striking outline from the vast arid plains. It’s been called The Matterhorn of Africa, but in reality few similarities exist apart from its sharp peak. The 1,728-meter massif was created by the collapse of a gigantic volcano more than 100 million years ago and the erosion since, which exposed the volcanic rock and granite.

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KAOKOLAND

Kaokoland – is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in Southern Africa. It is a world of incredible mountain scenery, a refuge for the rare desert dwelling elephant, black rhino and giraffe and the home of the Himba people. Although it is harsh and offers little respite at midday, the rugged landscape is especially attractive during the early morning and late afternoon when it is transformed into softly glowing pastel shades

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KOLMANSKOP

Kolmanskop – The wind tugs at the wooden shutters, doors and roof beams. Rusty water pipes and railway tracks disappear into sandy oblivion. Rippled dunes fill rooms with high ceilings and even entire houses. Through broken windows and holes in roofs or walls the sun paints bizarre pictures of light and shadow. The appealing atmosphere of the dilapidated settlement, which once flourished in the hostile desert, attracts around 20,000 tourists each year

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NAMIB NAUKFLUFT PARK

Namib Naukluft Park – One of Africa’s largest and oldest protected areas, the Namib-Naukluft National Park covers an area of almost 50,000 km2 and protects some of the most varied and extraordinary ecosystems in Namibia; the only country in the world named after its desert! On this grand scale, the Namib- Naukluft provides a sanctuary to large mammals including black rhino (re-introduced to their former range in 2007 to mark the park’s centenary