Namibia is a vast country in Africa where contrasting vistas, temperatures and landscapes compete with a fascinating history and rich culture. Land of wildlife, huge deserts, the Skeleton Coast and adventure activities, Namibia draws visitors from far and wide to explore her many moods. Most visitors prefer to self-drive their way across Namibia to see the world’s tallest sand dunes, the oldest plants on earth and the remnants of the Bushmen hunter-gatherers.
- During its history, Germany, Great Britain and South Africa have ruled Namibia but today, a melting pot of cultures has enriched the country.
- Namibia is the second least populated country in the world. It has a population of about 2 million people living in a country the size of California.
- Namibia is the only African country to have the highest population of free roaming cheetah’s. It’s estimated to be in the region of about 2500.
- Despite its low population size, Namibia has 13 different ethnic groups. Probably the most well known is the Himba, famous for rubbing red clay onto their skins and elaborate hairstyles.
A LAND OF CONTRASTING BEAUTY
Etosha National Park encompasses more than 2 million hectares of grassy wildlife habitat around a massive salt pan. Further south, Sossusvlei, in the Namib Naukluft Park, is known for it’s towering red sand dunes. In rocky Damaraland, rare desert elephants and black rhino roam and in Luderitz, visitors can see the wild horses before exploring the famous Ghost Town of Kolmanskop. The coastal town of Swakopmund with it’s rich German heritage offers outdoor sea and land adventure activities for all interests.
Lending its name to the country, this desert spans three countries and over 2000 km of the Atlantic coastline. Some of the sand dunes it produces are known to reach over 300 m in height and span a distance of 32 km. This desert is largely uninhabited and mostly barren of vegetation. It is here you’ll find Namib Naukluft National Park, at 50 000 km squared, it is one of the largest conservation areas in the world. Several antelope species – kudu, gemsbok and springbok – can often be found in the more vegetated river valleys, and a keen eye might spot a caracal or even a leopard.
WHAT TO LOVE ABOUT NAMIBIA
- FISH RIVER CANYON: The second largest canyon in the world and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Namibia. The river is usually flowing strongly by late summer (February – March) and remains mostly dry for the remainder of the year.
- DUNE 45: Said to be one of the most photographed sand dunes in the world, it lies between Sesriem and Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. This well-known dune towers about 100 meters high and is a very popular climb offering spectacular desert views and sunrises.
- ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK: Namibia’s premier National Park and home to the famous Big 5. No trip to Namibia would be complete without a safari trip here. Home to around 114 mammal species and 340 bird species, they are often spotted congregating around watering holes.
- DAMARALAND & KAOKOVELD: A spell-binding region of north-central Namibia, offering rugged and surreal landscapes dotted with fascinating geological and archaeological sites. Large granite boulders and rocky hills rise sharply out of the arid plains in this wide-open landscape.
- WINDHOEK: The capital city of Namibia and the start and end of most trips to Namibia. It offers a modern complex between European and African. Safely stroll around it’s wide avenues and streets taking in many architectural sights, statues and beautiful parks. One of the many highlights is Alte Feste, the oldest building having been built in the late 1800’s and is now the state museum.
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