Three new routes off the beaten track which pass through popular and lesser-known regions in Namibia are to be presented at ITB Berlin. They have been put together by Open Africa, an organisation specialising in sustainable tourism, in cooperation with the Namibia Tourism Board and Millennium Challenge Account Namibia. For anyone in search of unlimited outdoor adventure Namibia is the place to go for individual travel. Good roads, numerous camping sites, farms with accommodation and lodges by the roadside offer perfect conditions for travelling on one’s own.
The Omulunga Palm Route takes travellers 1,108 kilometres along the Angolan border from Ruacana in the west to Nkurenkuru in the east. Wildlife, towns brimming with life and breathtaking scenery can all be seen along the way. True to the slogan of ’water is life’, the ’Four Rivers Route’ takes travellers through the Sambesi region, a green oasis in the country’s far northwest, where they can explore the local culture and discover over 430 bird species. The third route also combines spectacular scenery with cultural impressions. The Arid Eden Route extends from the coastal town of Swakopmund to the Angolan border and includes the western part of the Etosha National Park, Spitzkoppe, Brandberg, Twyfelfontein and Epupa Falls.
The Namibia Tourism Board is responsible for marketing Namibia as a travel destination abroad. Open Africa is an NGO specialising in sustainable tourism whose aim is to create secure employment for rural communities in southern regions of Africa. Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Namibia is a US-sponsored development fund whose support for the country includes investment in education, tourism and agriculture.
Photo: Spitzkoppe, 120 km east of Swakopmund © Jürgen Goetz, Namibia Tourism Board