Destination Overview

Namibia

Namibia’s attractions are as unique as the visitors who enjoy them. There’s something for everyone ranging from spectacular Sossusvlei, boasting the highest sand dunes in the world to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. Etosha National Park is one of the premier destinations, where you’ll view rare and endangered species. Discovering the Zambezi is a luxury experience with a combination of fertile wilderness riverine forest, flood plains, swamps, and open woodland.

Capital

Windhoek


Time

GMT +2


Currency

Namibian Dollar, South African Rand

Language

English, Oshiwambo

Religion

Christianity

Population

2.5 Million

International Airports

Windhoek, Walvis Bay

Weather

Partially covered by the Namib Desert, one of the world's driest deserts, Namibia's climate is generally very dry and pleasant – it's fine to visit all year round. Namibia only receives a fraction of the rain experienced by countries further east. Between about December to March some days will be humid and rain may follow, often in localised, afternoon thunderstorms. These are more common in the centre and east of the country, and more unusual in the desert.

Top Highlights

Dune & Sandboarding

The Namib Desert, the oldest in the world, is reputed to house some of the largest sand dunes on this planet. Come and conquer these constantly shifting and powerfully towering beauties by zooming down the sheer slip faces on a traditional Swakopmund sandboard or carve up the dune with style and skill on a snowboard adapted for sand.

The Skeleton Coast

Namibia's north-western region extends from the Kunene River on the Angolan border down to the Ugab River, the southern border of the Skeleton Coast Park. The park is a massive wilderness reserve known for its untouched and diverse landscape, much of which is inaccessible, saved for fly-in safaris. The entire region is vastly scenic, huge, untamed, and ruggedly beautiful.

Fish River Canyon

Arguably the country's most spectacular geological phenomenon, the Fish River Canyon cuts an impressive 161 km long gorge into an otherwise flat landscape. From here, attractions are spread across great distances, the reward being the land's peace and quiet. Here you'll find forests filled with quiver trees, hot springs, and an immense area rich in gem quality diamonds.

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Top Places to Visit

Sossusvlei

The Sossusvlei Region is situated in south-western Namibia and is characterized mainly by the Namib Naukluft Park and its highlight Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. The Region is very diverse with the breath-taking Namib Desert – the oldest desert in the world – to the west and the Great escarpment forming a natural barrier between the Namib Desert and the central highlands to the far east.

Himba People

Down in the Kunene and Omusati regions of Northern Namibia, are the semi-nomadic people of Ovahimba and Ovazimba tribes. It is customary, for them, for the women to engage in daily activities of milking cows, taking care of the children while the men go hunting, sometimes leaving for long periods of time. With a population of over 50,000, the Himba are a polygamous people where Himba girls are married off to male partners selected by their fathers once they attain puberty.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is a coastal city in Namibia, west of the capital, Windhoek. Its sandy beaches face the Atlantic Ocean. Established by German colonists in 1892, the city’s colonial landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse and the Mole, an old sea wall. Next to the lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum documents Namibian history. Inland, the elegant Swakopmund Railway Station, now a hotel, also dates to the colonial era.

Etosha National Park

Since Etosha National Park is the gateway to Northern Namibia and Ovamboland, it’s a very popular stop on any Namibian tour. Above all, it is known as Namibia’s foremost wildlife sanctuary.

Damaraland

The breath-taking mountainous region of Damaraland is home to an assortment of desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra and lion, which eke out an existence in this near-barren landscape. The breath-taking mountainous region of Damaraland is home to an assortment of desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra and lion, which eke out an existence in this near-barren landscape.

AFRICAT Foundation

Okonjima – is home to the AfriCat Foundation, an organisation whose mission is to try and ensure a future for the large carnivores of Namibia. Witness some of our projects such as the Cheetah Rehabilitation Project at work, during your stay at Okonjima.

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