Namibia

The Journey Begins Here

Where dunes are mountains

As the driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, and one of the least densely populated countries in the world due to the expanse of the Namib and Kalahari Deserts, Namibia is a beautiful and diverse country.

Night time in Namibia can be cold (down to –5 °C) and days quite hot (up to mid-40s °C), given the lack of ability of the desert’s sand to retain heat. With some of the most frequent clear skies, more than 300 days each year, the sun is almost always shining in Namibia!

The Coastal Desert is one of the oldest in the world, and its sand dunes, created by strong winds, are the highest in the world – up to 325 m tall! Fish River Canyon is huge and breathtaking, second only to the Grand Canyon in size! Names like Dune 45, Twyfelfontein, Deadvlei, and Etosha are on many people’s bucket lists! Notably, Namibia has strict regulations supporting environmental and wildlife conservation, with long standing environmental laws, and is the only country in Africa to provide water through municipal departments.

Recommended Destimations

The most beautiful spots and the best for adventure and activities include Windhoek, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast, Etosha National Park, Swakopmund, and the Caprivi Strip.

  • Etosha National Park

  • Sossusvlei

  • Windhoek

  • Swakopmund / Skeleton Coast

  • Twyfelfontein

  • Caprivi Strip

Safari Essentials

What to see

Etosha National Park

Etosha means “great white area”, referring to the large dried pan in the middle of the park. This park, established in 1907, is one of the best places to view almost all of Africa’s wildlife given the many watering holes.
The roads to the park are paved well and a variety of options are available for accommodations, from campsites to luxury, from bush camps to those around waterholes for closer wildlife viewing. The park is a wildlife and bird lover’s dream, and popular with photographers and adventurers alike. The best times to visit are June to November. The area is low-risk for malaria with only isolated cases during rainy season (November to May). Safaris are possible morning, afternoon, and evening. In June to August, afternoons are best for wildlife viewing as the mornings and nights are still cold so animals are more active mid-day. September to November, the mornings and evenings are better as the days are too hot so animals are more active at those times.

Sossusvlei

This is the salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes in the southern part of the Namib Desert.
This area is located in the largest conservation area in Namibia. Some of the dunes here have been recorded at over 400 m tall! Despite the dry conditions, occasionally rain will fall, creating a glassy lake that is slow to evaporate. A wide variety of plants and animals have adapted to the harsh desert life. All but the last 5 km of the 65 km drive in is paved road. Attractions here include Dune 45, Bid Daddy, Deadvlei, and Sesreim Canyon. Some dunes are petrified, aged at about 1 billion years old. Accommodation ranges from camping and mid-range lodges to luxury lodges. There’s something to suit everyone. And all the sights here can be seen from a hot air balloon! The stark contrast of the dunes and the pan make for stunning photos.

Windhoek

The capital of Namibia. Far different from the surrounding unpopulated area, the capital is a bustling place with about 350,000 inhabitants.
Visit a craft centre that features fresh food, known for some amazing apple crumble, grilled meat, and great coffee, and local artisan products ranging from carved roots and handmade jewelry. The craft centre includes Namibian micro and small businesses and encourages the use of environmentally friendly products and sustainable use of Namibian natural resources and 95% of all products there are Namibian, and the rest must come from the continent. Take a city tour and visit Katutura township’s not-for-profit organization that teaches new skills to women so that they can support themselves and learn about the history of the town and the culture.

Swakopmund/Skeleton Coast

One of the most inhospitable waterless areas in the world, often receiving less than 10 mm of rain each year.
The coast runs along the northern Atlantic coast of Namibia, bordered on the south by the Swakop River filled with dunes and gravel dry river beds. The name was coined by an author John Henry Marsh when chronicling the shipwreck of the Dunedin Star, which ran aground in the heavy fogs common in the region in 1942. The surf is constant and heavy, as the wind blows out from land to the sea. The area includes an area of 16,000 km2 that has been declared a national park. The inland areas are home to baboons, elephants, giraffes, lions, black rhinoceros, and springbok. The animals can only get water from wells dug by baboons or elephants, and are adapted to the extreme dry. Stay nearby in Swakopmund with lovely beaches that still retains its strong German colonial architectural influences. Many activities are possible here including skydiving, quad biking, desert golf, small marine cruises, and visit the old picturesque jetty built by the Germans in the 1914.

Twyfelfontein

The site of ancient rock engravings in Northwestern Namibia.
Receiving its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation in 2007, and meaning “uncertain spring” in Afrikaans, the area includes a spring in a valley of sandstone. The site has been inhabited for over 6000 years and has been used as a place of worship for much of that time, giving rise to over 2,500 rock carvings—the most dense accumulation of petroglyphs in Africa. Accommodations here include a three-star lodge and campsite.

Caprivi Strip

The strip is a little finger stretching out between Angola to the north and Botswana to the south, and is only 450 km wide.
The strip is crossed by the Okavango Delta and the Chobe river forms part of its border, and the Zambezi forms part of the border with Zambia. This area provides a crucial habitat for the endangered Wild African Dog. Elephants constantly move through the area and it is home to three national parks. View the Popa Falls and visit a traditional village, or stop at a small game reserve on your way through to Zambia, Botswana, or Zimbabwe!

What to do

  • Ecotourism
  • Hot air balloons
  • 4 x 4 off-roading
  • Sandboarding
  • Skydiving
  • Safaris
  • Photography
  • Culture
  • Food

The Stats

  • Official name
    Republic of Namibia
  • Population
    2.534 million (2017)
  • Language
    English, with many recognized national and regional languages.
  • Currency
    Namibian dollar, South African Rand
  • Area
    825,615 km2
  • People
    dominated by Bantu people who arrived in the 14thcentury
  • Established
    Independence from South Africa on March 21, 1990
  • Capital
    Windhoek
  • Part of
    UN, Commonwealth, South African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU)
  • Banking
    Highly developed with online banking and cellphone banking often available
  • Transportation
    well-connected with seaports, airports, highways, and railways
  • Government
    Stable multi-party parliamentary democracy
  • Main industries
    Mining, tourism, agriculture, herding
  • Rainy season
    small and short – September to November, longer from February to April
  • Borders
    West: Atlantic Ocean, North: Zambia and Angola, East: Botswana, South/East: South Africa, 200m border with Zimbabwe on Zambezi
  • Sport
    Football of course (soccer)
  • Religion
    80–90% are Christian (Lutheran/Protestant) and the remainder hold indigenous beliefs.

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