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namibia

quick facts

Quick Facts
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climate

With precipitation ranging from 300 to 500ml per year Namibia Boasts over 310 days of sunshine per year ! The low humidity makes the heat very easy to cope with.

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surface

825,615 km2 (318,772 sq mi), Namibia is the world's thirty-fourth largest country (after Venezuela) Namibia has the second-lowest population density of any sovereign country, after Mongolia, with a population of 2,606,971.

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nature conservation

Today, over 43% of Namibia's surface area is under conservation management. This includes national parks and reserves, communal and commercial conservancies, community forests, and private nature reserves.

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capital

Windhoek

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currency

Namibian Dollar & South African Rand (1 to 1 rate)

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independence

21 March 1990

namib desert

The Namib-Naukluft National Park, that extends over a large part of the Namib Desert, is the largest game reserve in Africa and one of the largest of the world. Fitting considering its name means « vast place ».

 

This coastal desert spreads along the Atlantic Ocean for over 1600km flanked to the east by the Great escarpment. The Namib Sand sea is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

Few places in the world need no filters and are as photogenic as the Namib. With its ochre towering sand dunes and captivating clay pans, dotted with enigmatic black trees believed to have died over 600 years ago. This is a place to go, climb Big Daddy (highest dune of Sossusvlei) and feel like you are nearly quite literally on top of the world!

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damaraland

This northern region of Namibia is place we could rave about all year round, in summer its red toned rock formations contrast with the green vegetation and in the dry winter months it becomes an open geology book, showing us the evolution of earth through its rock formations.

But Damaraland is not just about landscapes it is also home to the endangered black rhinos, desert-adapted lions and elephants, as well as giraffes. Here they roam freely and are closely monitored and protected by the many scientific conservation projects.
 

Kaokoland

One of the world last great wilderness areas, it is what you can really call off the beaten track. Only accessible by plane or hours of 4x4 driving.
 

This is the home of the nomadic Himba people, who rely on their cattle and goats to survive in this harsh environment. 

Awe-inspiring hills and mountains ranges amid vast open plains make up the landscape of Kaokoland. At the border with Angola the Kunene river brings life to this arid land, with Makalani palms and crocodiles basking along its sand banks. The Epupa Falls, often referred to as the mini Iguazu of Namibia with its semi-circular and multi-levelled falls. 

etosha

national park

Etosha National Park is special for many different reasons, it is the greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia. Etosha National Park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometres (8,600 sq mi) and gets its name from the large Etosha pan which covers 23% of the area of the total area of the Etosha National Park and is visible from space!

 

Unlike most other parks in Africa it brims with Wildlife all year round and even though safaris are like playing poker you never know what you will see, big game viewing here is almost guaranteed, even during the rainy season, a very special moment when all the new-borns delight us with their endearing and innocent ways.

skeleton coast

The Skeleton Coast National Park stretches along Namibia’s north-western coast. The fog-shrouded beaches of this sprawling and remote wilderness area are littered with shipwrecks and whale skeletons.

 

In the park’s south, gravel roads lead from the Springbokwasser and Ugab entrance gates to the Torra Bay and Terrace Bay outposts. These bays are popular with fishermen, while the interior desert features dramatic sand dunes.

kalahari desert

This semi-arid Desert is as beautiful as it gets, rolling red sand dunes with beautiful prairie like stretches nestled in between, dotted with big camelthorn trees. Wildlife here is rather abundant in antelopes, oryx, kudu, eland and springbok to name a few but also your Lion king favourite characters the Suricat and warthog AKA Timon and Pumba.

Leopards, cheetahs and hyenas are common predators and of course the black maned Kalahari lion.

 

The San people have lived in the Kalahari Desert for over 20 000 Years, their language has click consonants and do not belong to other African language families. The ancestors of these semi-nomadic hunter gatherers are the artists of the many rock art paintings and engragings that can be seen in Namibia.

great south

Starting with of course the majestic Fish River Canyon, second biggest in the world, its dramatic views will not disappoint you.

Further to the West lies the forgotten ghost town of Kolmanskop. Once an extremely rich town where diamonds where picked on “all fours” from the ground, it is now abandoned and reclaimed by the desert sand. Photographers and history lovers alike will love this fascinating place.

caprivi / zambezi

This unusual strip of land was historically negotiated in 1890 by the Germans with the English in exchange with Zanzibar Island. Today this means Namibia has the beautiful backdrop of the Okavango Delta in its territory.

 

With the Kavango, Kwando and Linyanti Rivers flowing through it the Zambezi region is very lush in vegetation and thus teeming with wildlife. The marshes and waterways of the Bwabwata park are second to none in Elephant viewing. This is the shiny emerald of Namibia.

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