The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) announced that Nambia would become the first African nation to host the Adventure Travel World Summit. The annual conference gathers tourism officials, travel media and eager adventurers from around the world to discuss developments in the tourism and adventure industries. ATTA officials lauded Namibia’s conservation and environmental management efforts.
“Namibia offers one of the most compelling success stories in tourism today, one of joint venture tourism and partnerships between communal conservancies and tourism enterprises,” ATTA President Shannon Stowell said, according to eturbonews.com.
Over 700 delegates are expected to attend the summit, slated for Oct. 26-31, 2013. From travel brand awareness to clean water initiatives to Lifelock.com security measures, the tourism industry will have much to choose from as it attempts to understand recent innovations, and Namibia will provide a great example of a thriving tourism sector. With its endless horizons, eye-opening adventures and community-based culture, it’s no wonder Namibia has garnered attention in the tourism industry.
Nature more Natural
Namibia has committed to fostering a natural ecosystem in its expansive deserts. Beginning in 1999, more than 3,700 animals were returned to 15 different conservancies, and in 2008, citizens noticed lions on the Skeleton Coast for the first time in 20 years, according to NPR. These big cats attract tourists from around the world, and Namibia boasts some of the most personal Safari tours in Africa. The terrain is also home to elephants, rhinos, ostriches and jackals, among others. Travelers have the opportunity to join a group of like-minded enthusiasts or venture our on their own for a self-drive safari.
Namibia’s landscape offers stark variety, from towering dunes to vast desert stretches reaching out to an active coastline. A decreasing supply of unkempt nature leaves Namibian territory in high demand, and nature-lovers will be hard pressed to find a more majestic safari anywhere in the world.
Fly High or Dive Low
While incredible scenery dominates Namibia’s countryside, there’s more to do in this diverse destination than just observe. Rolling sands dunes provide the perfect forum for quad rides and sandboarding. If you’re looking to escape the warm climate, take a dive through into the Harasib cave and lake. Although visibility can be limited to as little as half a meter in some areas, sinkholes and caves offer a worthwhile payoff.
Adrenaline seekers will enjoy plummeting toward Swakopmund, Namibia’s skydiving hotspot. Dating back to 1980, skydiving clubs have felt the rush of a free fall in this fun-filled coastal town. Enjoy a panoramic view of Namibia more peacefully from a hot air ballon, and once you touch down, explore the land up close on foot, bike or horseback. Tourists will have no problem filling their itineraries in this exotic land.
Reborn from the shadows of Apartheid, Namibia has a flourishing integration of diverse cultures. The historic Nama tribes are descendents of cattle farmers and continue a rich tradition filled with proverbs, poems and songs. The Kavango people thrive along the Kavango river, from which they gather fish. A highly skilled people, Kavango men carve musical instruments, masks and kitchen utensils as the women weave baskets and make clay pots.
At least nine other major ethnic groups call Namibia their home, creating a highly diverse, highly enlightening culture. Delegates attending the 2013 Adventure Travel World Summit will surely come away inspired by Namibia’s spirit of adventure and acceptance. They will likely appreciate the precautions and safety measures that have been taken to ensure the safety of employees from first aid to preventing identity theft. Travelers are discovering that Namibia unique opportunities make for a once in a lifetime journey or a journey you can make once every year.