Visit the state of Namibia in southern Africa on a round trip! Explore this interesting country on a study trip, its most important cities such as the capital Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, etc., but also its diverse landscape and fauna, the Etosha National Park and the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the Fish River Canyon, the Kalahari sand desert, and much more. Admire the unforgettable attractions such as the Lutheran Christ Church, the Südwester Reiter, the old festivals with the Namibian National Museum or the Ink Palace in Windhoek; the Swakopmund Museum, the Old District Court or the Sea Aquarium from Swakopmund and the Rhenish Mission Church in Walvis Bay. Get to know this African state on the Atlantic Ocean on a study trip!
Etosha National Park
One of the most beautiful parks in the world
The Etosha National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the world. It is located in the heart of Africa in northern Namibia. This national park offers unique insights into the flora and fauna of the black continent on over 22,000 km². Etosha National Park is located west of the famous Kalahari. Over 200,000 visitors are enchanted by their experiences in the park year after year. The name Etosha freely translated from the Oshivambo language means ‘large white square’. The expansion of this space to over 100,000 km² is currently planned. This was the size of the nature reserve when it was founded in 1907. The park can be visited with guided tour groups and individually in a car. On study trips, visitors enjoy many encounters with wild animals with experienced guides.
Well developed for tourism
Etosha National Park has four entrances where visitors are registered. As soon as you enter, you will be impressed by the large boards on which the rules of conduct can be seen in symbols for all international guests. The site offers five camps with overnight accommodation. Camps Olifantsrus, Dolomite, Onkoshi and Halali are particularly popular for the night in the wilderness. Onkoshi is an exclusive camp. But even the newest Camp Olifantsurs impresses with its mixture of originality and comfort. At night, animals can be observed at illuminated water holes. Every night in the tent gives a feeling for the wildlife of Namibia because of the many mysterious noises. Okaukuejo and Namutoni are old military stations that have long lost their meaning. Today, travelers can find restaurants and souvenir shops there. These two places are ideal for a rest and an African meal during the tour of the park.
For lovers of wild animals, Etosha National Park is an ideal travel destination. Over 100 mammals, 300 species of birds, 100 reptiles and 16 amphibians can run into the guests at every turn. Elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinos, leopards, hyenas, zebras, but also ground squirrels, hyrax and antelopes run through the area in herds. When the eye sees these beautiful animals in the wild for the first time, the heart and breath can stand still for a short moment. The sight of wildlife in its natural environment cannot be compared to anything else in the world. Old and young are overwhelmed by this natural spectacle.
Fish River Canyon
One of the most impressive natural beauties in the south of Namibia is the mighty Fish River Canyon. It is the second largest canyon in the world after the American Grand Canyon. His visit is one of the highlights of many a study trip leading through Namibia.
On the Fish River
The river, known as the fish river in the German translation, is Namibia’s longest river with a length of 650 kilometers. However, it only carries enough water along its entire length in the rainy season and can then also become a torrent in its lower reaches. Otherwise, its water is only sufficient to impound the Hardap Dam on the upper reaches of the river. At its lower section, which runs from north to south, erosion combined with the effects of movements in the earth’s crust has created the largest canyon in Africa.
The Fish River Canyon
Its length is about 160 kilometers, it is up to 27 kilometers wide and has a depth of about 550 meters. The canyon is part of a state nature reserve. It begins at the Seeheim settlement on the B4 in the north and ends around 60 kilometers before it flows into the Orange River at the Ai-Ais thermal baths. The fish river meanders through the rugged massif of the Koubis Mountains.
Its formation probably dates back around 500 million years, when the leaching of the rock was favored by several rainy climatic epochs.
In the immediate vicinity of the Fish River Canyon you will find the “Canyon Nature Park” and the “Gondwana Canyon Park”, further attractive tourist areas with mostly attractive accommodation.
Fish River Canyon experience
If you want to experience this great natural wonder up close on your trip through Namibia, you have two options. Hikes through one of the two aforementioned parks usually include breathtaking views from the canyon rim. A particularly spectacular location for this is at Hell’s Bend, known as Hell’s Arch, which is about 10 kilometers away from the park gate at Restcamp Hobas.
If you want to experience the canyon even more intensely, you can take part in a 5-day hike over a total of 86 kilometers at the bottom of the canyon with the appropriate fitness and after obtaining the appropriate permission. These guided tours run between May and August.