Namibia is a ‘one of a kind’ country that has just so much natural beauty which unfortunately today, can only be found in a very few places around the world. It has vast open landscapes, horizons that are endless, natural untamed wilderness, stunning scenery, a comfortable climate, beautiful and friendly people, one of the most extraordinary game parks in Africa and to top it all, a coastline that will take your breath away with the world’s oldest desert as its backdrop. We’d recommend you stay in Swakopmund even if it’s just for a few nights – this city is located in a prime position, where the Atlantic Ocean meets desert dunes. It’s an extreme terrain that shouldn’t be missed. In addition to that, we’d recommend you visit the Etosha National Park for an authentic safari experience, and then head off to the desert paradise of Sossusvlei. Namibia is home to the largest sand dunes in the world, one being dune 45, which is also one of the most photographed locations on earth.
Uganda was honored with the title of the ‘Pearl of Africa’ by Winston Churchill due to its beauty, ever changing color and wildlife, and Uganda became even more popular when the movie ‘Gorillas In The Mist’ was filmed, showcasing the wonder of the endangered mountain gorillas and the more common chimpanzee. Uganda has beautiful landscapes, snow-tipped mountains, jungle-like forests, swamplands, and breathtaking waterfalls, unspoiled game parks with elephant, buffalo, lion and other wildlife including monkeys, chimpanzee, and gorillas and over a thousand different species of birdlife. Most people visit Uganda to see the gorillas which are found on the Southwestern region of the country, however, there is so much more to this incredible place.
Norway, without a doubt, is one of the most breathtaking countries, especially since it’s a lot different to most other places on earth. Here, natural phenomenon such as the northern lights can be seen, which is a great reason to visit, but still not the only reason. Norway’s unique topography, which can be best described as a ‘winter wonderland’, as well as its unusual landscape, interesting history and beautiful architecture draws visitors from all around the world. The idea many people have about Norway is often very different to what it is actually like. It is not a remote, cold and dark place, it’s alive and thriving. You can expect to see many majestic cathedrals and Scandinavian inspired design, high coastal cliffs, mountains and snow hotels, cruise ships passing through and many tourists. Oslo is the capital of Norway, a lovely city filled with museums boasting of its rich history of years gone by. Bergen on the southwestern coast of Norway is a city with striking colorful wooden houses which is the pioneering point for cruises to the deepest and longest fjord, Sognefjord. The Northern lights of Arctic Norway is commonly known as the ‘Kingdom of Light’ and affords you the most rewarding chance of seeing this incredible phenomenon. For an adventurous experience a stay at the Basecamp Ship is a must – it’s a ship stuck in the ice, and the hotel can only be reached by snowmobile or dog sled.
Botswana is yet another natural paradise that every nature enthusiast should experience. This is the place to go for incredible wildlife sightings, as protected reserves make up 70% of the country. While the desolate golden plains extend for miles, much of Botswana is also made up of diverse landscapes – including salt pans and wet marsh areas such as the Okavango Delta. The Delta is a must for anyone looking to experience extraordinary wildlife encounters and activities that afford you the opportunity to interact with nature in a very unique way. Here, you can enjoy canoeing safaris, a trip which will take you to remote areas inaccessible by vehicle. You can also take walking safaris as well as boat trips and scenic flights. The Makgadikgadi Salt Pan is another highlight, not so much for sightings as there is very little life, but rather for the way it makes one feel. It’s desolate, remote, eerily quiet and almost feels as though you’re on the moon.
Chile in South America is a paradise for outdoor and nature lovers, and if it’s not on your bucket list, it needs to be! Chile offers diverse landscapes that include deserts, beaches, lakes, forest, glaciers, volcanoes and vineyards. Chile has much to offer any holiday maker from climbing volcanoes, sand boarding in the desert, white water rafting, mountain biking, fishing, surfing and snowboarding just to name a few. The Atacama desert is just one of the many unique places found in Chile, and is the driest place on earth, receiving less than 1mm of rain per year, making life almost impossible to exist. Due to this, the Atacama is incredibly quiet, and with its orange colored rock shaped rather unusually, it looks similar to that of Mars. The iced-over locale of Patagonia is another favorite for nature travelers, home to Torres del Paine National Park where you can find blue icebergs and overwhelmingly large glaciers.
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