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Namibia

Namibia is a vast country dominated by the Namib Desert, an extensive inland plateau and stunning geological mountain ranges. This diverse typography ranges from the lush, northern Caprivi Strip and the wildlife of Etosha National Park to the dry Namib Desert and the desolate Skeleton Coast. The golden and majestic sand dunes of Namibia are starkly contrasted by dramatic sunsets and its tempestuous coastline, making it the perfect canvass for avid photographers.

Experience the haunting silence of the Kalahari Desert and spot one of 430 bird species in the Caprivi region, search for desert elephants in Damaraland and interact with the astonishing Himba community.  Besides the opportunity to see Africa’s Big 5, Namibia is the last place on earth where black rhino roam freely across communal land and is only one of two countries in the world that are home to the desert-dwelling elephant.

This enchanting country holds the largest free-roaming population of cheetahs in the world, with one-quarter of the world’s cheetah population stalking the arid plains. Animals such as gemsbok (Oryx), springbok, bat eared fox, ostrich and black backed jackal are all spotted on a regular basis making a Namibia safari unique to any other wildlife country in Africa.

A wide variety of safaris can be organized, ranging from self-drives, fly-ins, guided overland tours, camel safaris, horseback riding safaris, walking safaris, and privately guided safaris. 

The Namib Desert – at 80 million years, is the oldest desert in the world and is home to elephant, rhino, lion and giraffe as well as one of the world’s oldest living plants – the Welwitschia mirabilis. 

Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park – visit the petrified dunes, explore the desert on quad bike, discover bushman paintings, visit the Sesrien Canyon, view the dunes by hot air balloon or dune board down them and star gaze at night – the pristine clear skies are ideal for astronomers and keen star-gazers.

Damaraland – home to the Black Rhino & elephants which have adapted to desert conditions.  Also, home to a forest of ‘petrified’ trees which are estimated to be around 260 million years old.

Skeleton Coast – view the Cape Cross seal colony home to 1000’s of Cape Fur Seals, hunt for shipwrecks – the most famous being the Dunedin Star.

Etosha National Park – an oasis in the centre of the vast semi-desert region, one of Africa’s largest game reserves. 

Diamond Coast – visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop, view the flocks of pink flamingos, or ride camels in the desert.

Diverse cultures – from San/Bushman, Portuguese and German influences to the Himba people still living their ancient traditional lifestyles in the Kaokaland Region.

Fresh oysters – of the finest quality found at Lüderitz and Swakopmund

GOOD TO KNOW

NAMIBIAN AREA

825 418 km²

POPULATION

2,37 million

Capital of NAMIBIA

Windhoek

Currency

Namibian Dollar

Climate for your NAMIBIA Safari

Hot Summers minimal rain (November – April). Cooler, pleasant Winters, cooler and dry (May – October)

People

Mainly Owambos (50%), Kavangos (9%), Whites (8%), Hereros (7.5%), Damaras (7.5%), Namas (5%), Métis (4%), Capriviens (4%)

Official language
in NAMIBIa

English

Time

GMT + 2hours
(GMT + 1 from April to August).

“The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to.”

Richard Mullin