BBC 2 Africa – Namibia
Last weeks BBC 2 introduction to Africa with David Attenborough was just wonderful and with stunning images throughout, but the giraffe fighting sequence one of the best. I have witnessed fights between giraffes in the past but never one that had both protagonists on the ground. The strange thing about the fights is that it is undertaken with hardly a sound from the animals concerned. This makes the sound of giant neck hitting giant neck that more eerie.
The Kalahari and the scenes from Namibia had me making myself a promise to get back there as soon as possible. It is one of Africa’s most iconic countries with so much to keep your interest. With the Kalahari being the oldest desert in the world, it is a wonderful place for geologists, and with the unique flora to tempt the botanist and an amazing amount of wildlife and birdlife to keep everyone else interested. Add in the fact that the views, sunsets and sunrises are just stunning and there is every reason in the world to join me in planning your trip to Namibia.
Namibia is a bastion for the cheetah and rhino and the local communities fully appreciate the value of tourism to the development of their homelands. They are welcoming and the guides amongst some of the best that you will encounter in Africa.
Nor is it just the land that has its attractions. The cold Benguela current that flows up the coast ensures rich sea life which in turn brings in the predators of all sizes. At the right time of the year you could be watching whales, dolphin, seals by the thousands and an array of bird life.
Namibia is still a country that has avoided mass tourism and indeed many key places have limited bed availability making it unlikely to be crowded.
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