page 1
page 2
page 3
page 4
page 5
page 6
page 7
page 8
page 9
page 10
page 11
page 12
page 13
page 14
page 15
page 16
page 17
page 18
page 19
page 20
page 21
page 22
page 23
page 24
page 25
page 26
page 27
page 28
page 29
page 30
page 31
page 32
page 33
page 34
page 35
page 36
page 37
page 38
page 39
page 40
page 41
page 42
page 43
page 44
page 45
page 46
page 47
page 48
page 49
page 50
page 51
page 52
page 53
page 54
page 55
page 56
page 57
page 58
page 59
page 60
page 61
page 62
page 63
page 64
page 65
page 66
page 67
page 68

Sensational sundowners Olweendo 50 Travel Namibia T he N ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ? amibians hold fantastic ?? ?? ?? drinks ? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? parti ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? e ??? s at ?? ??? suns ?? ?? ???? et - sundowners, as they call them. Uncluttered horizons and apricot- coloured landscapes make these occasions an unforgettable experience. For many tourists, sundowners are the highlight of their trip. But where is the ultimate location in the country to watch the sun spectacularly dip out of sight? Travel Namibia decided to find out. We asked around, and before we knew it were deluged with emails. Guides, lodge owners, travel writers, Namibian journalists, and seasoned travellers al got in touch to ofer their opinion. Perhaps the most enthusiastic however, were the photographers - after al a great sunset makes a fabulous picture. The spots that were most frequently mentioned are plotted on the map. Go on.. have a sundowner on us. Kunene River Windhoek- based photographer Roy van de Merwe was once so entranced by the sunset at Epupa Falls he had to find his way back in the dark. " In the pitch dark I found myself scrabbling up a sheer rock face. It was worth it though - the photos were great." A little further east, Kunene River Lodge will take you out on a boat for drinks at sundown. Owner Hillary Morgan says, " The Kunene River forms the border between Namibia and Angola, so when on our sundowner we are definitely between the two countries." Walvis Bay Lagoon Photographers Steve and Ann Toon and Philip Dickson all chose this spot. Philip suggests going for dinner at the Raft Restaurant. He says: " Where else can you dine on a raft structure in a bay in Africa where pink flamingos fish ever- so elegantly a few feet away and squadrons of pelicans bank sharply and almost land in your lap?" We'll show you the best places to relax with a drink in your hand at the end of the day. Swakopmund John Wheeling runs Swakopmund's Leisure Times. He says nothing beats a sundowner at The Tiger Reef Bar in the town. " We also often drive out to the sand dunes and have sundowners overlooking the town, the desert, and the sea." On top of a dune Perhaps the best- known place to watch the sun set in Namibia is on top of Dune 45 at Sossusvlei. The light changes the sand every colour of glowing coals. For a luxurious alternative, Tarryn Davidson of andBeyond suggests a private sundowner at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Have we missed your Favourite sundowner spot? We'd love to hear about it. Email: mary@ travelafricamag. com STEVE AND ANN TOON Between two countries. A sundowner shot from Kunene River Lodge boat trip Kunene River Lodge Desert- at- the- coast Swakopmund Sossusvlei Desert Lodge sundowner

Namib Naukluft NP Namib Rand NR Sossusvlei ( dunes) Naukluft Mountains Otavi Mountains Central Namibian Highliands Fish River Canyon Skeleton Coast Etosha NP Kaudom Mahango NP Mudumu NP Hardap Dam Naute Dam Waterberg Plateau Namib Desert SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN Opuwa OshakatiOndangwa Rundu Tsumkwe Tsumeb Grootfontein Otavi Outjo Sesfontein Kamanjab Omaruru Terrace Bay Khorixas Otjiwarongo Okonjima Usakos Henties Bay Katima Mulilo Karibib Okahandja WindhoekGobabis Aranos Mariental Maltahohe Swakopmund Walvis Bay Lüderitz Rehboth Keetmanshoop Aus Grünau Karasburg Oranjemund Travel Namibia 49 LIANSHULU Within a Namib Desert fairy circle This is a favourite with Matt Philips, editor of Travel Africa Magazine. Nobody can explain for sure how these circles in the sand came to be formed, which gives you plenty to mull over as you cradle your cool beer. Okaukeujo Waterhole, Etosha What's not to like here? It's a comfy ringside seat at one of the best waterholes in southern Africa. And once the sun has gone down, the show is floodlit. As award- winning photographers Steve and Ann Toon say, " There's cold beer, black rhino and elephant all in close proximity!" Travel writer Matt Todd also likes the more tranquil Halali camp waterhole. Windhoek Travel consultant Ben Forbes has two favourite spots for sundowners when he stays in the capital. " The highly- civilised Hotel Heinitzberg has good views across the city. Or drive out to the edge of town on the C28 ( the Swakopmund road) and when the tar turns to gravel, just pull over and watch the sunset over the Khomas Hochland." Gondwana Canon Lodge Debbie Walker visited Namibia no fewer than 20 times while working for Namibia Tourist Board. She says, " The most stunning sundowner was at Gondwana Canon Lodge . They took us up a pile of rocks at the back of the property and we sat drinking Savannah as the sun went down." The Kwando River, Caprivi For wildlife filmmaker Ginger Mauney, the perfect sundowner is, " Toasting the end of the day while listening to hippos on the Kwando River near Lianshulu." Hikers Point, Fish River Sven- Eric Kanzler of Gondwana writes: " Here you can sit right on the rim of the canyon and watch the gigantic gorges fill with shadows as the sun sets behind the mountains in the distance". Unbeatable. ANDBEYOND Hotel Heinitzberg Debbie Walker watching the sunset at Gondwana Canon Lodge