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More densely populated than the south – which really isn’t saying very much – Northern Namibia is best known perhaps for Etosha Pan National Park, which is widely regarded as one of southern Africa’s premier safari destinations, particularly in the dry season, when immense herds of grazers gather along the waterholes at the seasonal pan’s shore, to be preyed upon by lions, leopards and other carnivores. There’s also good game viewing and plentiful birdlife in the Caprivi Strip, a well-watered sliver of Namibia territory that juts eastward between Angola and Botswana toward the Zambian border. A very different wildlife attraction is the vast ...

More densely populated than the south – which really isn’t saying very much – Northern Namibia is best known perhaps for Etosha Pan National Park, which is widely regarded as one of southern Africa’s premier safari destinations, particularly in the dry season, when immense herds of grazers gather along the waterholes at the seasonal pan’s shore, to be preyed upon by lions, leopards and other carnivores. There’s also good game viewing and plentiful birdlife in the Caprivi Strip, a well-watered sliver of Namibia territory that juts eastward between Angola and Botswana toward the Zambian border. A very different wildlife attraction is the vast Damaraland region, home to one of the world’s few populations of desert-adapted elephants and rhinos. The cold Atlantic coastline of northern Namibia doesn’t offer much in the way of conventional beach holidays, but the Cape fur seal colony at Cape Cross is truly a sight to behold. The north of Namibia is scattered with superb prehistoric rock art sites, most famously the towering Brandberg (Burning Mountain), which is best known for its paintings, and Twyfelfontein, where engravings are also present.

Philip Briggs
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Philip Briggs has written or contributed to 50-plus editions of Bradt, Insight, AA and Berlitz guidebooks to African destinations.

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Climate

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    Temperatures soar in summer (November-April). The drier winter months are best for game viewing at Etosha and other reserves.