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Namibia is a place of landscapes of dramatic beauty and great intensity, mainly in the Southern and less visited region stretching from Windhoek to the border with South Africa. In the west lies the Namib desert, in the east the Kalahari. The Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon of Africa and the second largest in the world. For more than 160 km the river runs through horizontal dolomite strata that formed part of the canyon about 650 million years. The Southern deserts are also the place where in 1908, at the time of German Kaiser’s Empire, began the history of Namibian diamonds, one of the country’s major natural resources. In few days lots of German miners settled in this area starting to exploit the diamond fields and driven by the enormous wealth the residents transformed the mining town of Kolmanskop in a German town in the middle of the desert. The town declined After World War I, when the diamond-field slowly exhausted, and after 1954 was only a fascinatine ghost-town where the desert sand is slowly overruning the houses. Not far is Lüderitz, a old German trading post known for its German colonial architecture, including Art Nouveau buildings. North of Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, the Damaraland is one of the most scenic areas, a ruggedly beautiful region with open plains, massive granite koppies and deep gorges that incredibly are able to sustain a small, but wide-ranging, populations of desert-adapted elephant. Also in the Northern Namibia the Etosha National Park, one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa.is unique in Africa with is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings.