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Endemic black-faced impala are found in northwestern Namibia, desert-adapted elephant and black rhino in Kaokoveld.
When you first arrive for your South Africa Namibia trans-border experience, you'll find it's all about space. Deserts stretch out in golden waves before the eye. The blacktop highway runs on forever, and disappears over a far horizon. The Fish River Canyon winds along into stony eternity. Shipwrecks appear like ghosts in the mists of the Skeleton Coast. An old German fort shimmers like a forgotten memory in the heat mirage of Etosha. And you're just a little human speck in the midst of this natural vastness.
Stay a while, and fine details fall into focus. You discover monster meteorites, ochre people who live by holy fire, 2 000-year-old dry land plants in stony craters, the close-up wonders of lichen fields, wild horses running into the wind and elephants that rise up like silver giants out of subterranean waterholes. The most delicious black forest cake this side of Munich, Germany – and beer, glorious beer.
There are all manner of tourists arriving for a South Africa Namibia trans-border experience these days. Young, adventurous travellers with adrenalin to burn, campers and romantic trippers and amateur photographic clubs.
Entering trans-border Namibia from South Africa through the N7 at Vioolsdrift, the second deepest canyon in the world awaits a short distance to the west. In fact, you may have crossed the Orange River from the Richtersveld into Ai Ais, a trans-border park with Namibia and South Africa, or even from the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. From here, let the map and your guide book lead the way.
In Namibia, the Namibian Dollar is worth the same as the South African Rand, the country runs on mining, agriculture and tourism and the roads are mostly excellent.