The south of Namibia is wide-open and arid, but it’s this very austerity that makes the region so fascinating. Arguably the country’s most spectacular geological phenomenon, the Fish River Canyon cuts an impressive 161 km long gorge into an otherwise flat landscape.

Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari Desert is characterised by red sand dunes which reach a height of about 15-30 metres and extend over hundreds of kilometres. Chains of dunes run parallel to one another, with considerable distances between them. Now and then pans can be found in the valleys. After good rains they fill up with water but rapidly dry up again.

Keetmanshoop Region

Keetmanshoop, translated as “Hope of Keetman” is the largest town in southern Namibia and also the administrative capital city of the Karas region. This region is called after the Karas Mountain found close by, the mountain constituting Namibia’s third highest elevation.

Fish River Canyon

Its dimensions are enormous: 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and 500 m deep. Just as impressive is the period of time during which it was formed: 350 million years ago a fault with a width of 20 km appeared and the river meandered through it in wide loops.

The Orange River

Situated on the southern border, the Orange River seperates Namibia from South Africa, and is one of the very few perennial rivers found in Namibia. As such, it is one of the few places where river rafting can occur. The Governments of both countries are working on the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, as the vegetation and wildlife in this area is unique.

The Aus Region

Aus, situated in what is referred to the Succulent Karoo, is a world biodiversity hotspot. It is also the gateway to the Namib, as mountain vistas and yellow grassland gives way to the hauntingly beautiful desert.

The Namib Desert

The Namib Desert, from which the country derives its’ name, is the oldest desert in the world. Although stretching from north of Luderitz until the border at the Kunene, the most popular part is situated in the Namib Naukluft Park. Typified by a pre-Namib of lonely white gravel plains, it bursts into a splendour of colour in star shaped monumental dunes, arguably some of the highest in the World, to drift slowly back to white forlorn beaches and the Atlantic coastline.