Namibia Travel Guide

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The Republic of Namibia is located in SW Africa . It is bordered by Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east, and to the south by S. Africa.


Namibia a huge country of differing terrain, with the Namib Desert , central plateau area and mountains, rivers and national parks. Formerly known as South-West Africa , it became a German colony in the late 18 th century. During WW1 the territory was taken over by S. Africa . Namibia obtained independence in 1990 under leadership of President Sam Nujoma.


English is the official language, with Afrikaans commonly spoken as well as some German and other indigenous languages. The majority of the population is black with about half of those being members of the Ovambo tribe. Christianity is the main religion.

Namibia has three main areas: The Kalahari Desert, the Central Plateau area, and the Namib Desert . The Central Plateau is an area of beautiful scenery and mountains.


Included in the central area of Namibia , surrounded by mountains, is the capital city, Windhoek . It is a cosmopolitan city and the main starting place for visitors to Namibia before setting off on safaris. It offers good hotels, restaurants, shopping and nightlife. There are also art galleries, botanical gardens and museums.


Not far from Windhoek is a game reserve and also one of many hot mineral springs resorts, which is a must for relaxation and for viewing the large game animals. The other major town in Namibia is Swakopmund, situated on the coastline, which has mainly German influence, including German beer.


Visitors to Nambia usually wish to go on safari to one of the game parks to view the African wild game, including elephants, lions, wildebeest, rhinos, giraffe, cheetah and hyenas, to name just a few. There are plenty of organized safari trips to be found. Etosha National Park in the northern part of the country is one of the more well known game parks and it is open year-round. The hunting season for game animals is typically from February to November. There are also river trips down the Zambezi River for wildlife viewing.


In the southern part of the country Fish River Canyon provides a similar experience to the Grand Canyon . There are hot springs resorts and dams and lots of spectacular scenery. The Namib Desert area has spectacular sand dunes and is reputed to be the oldest desert in the world.


Activities for the adventurous include mountaineering, hiking, backpacking, skydiving, ballooning, rock climbing, rafting, canoeing, and caving. Scuba diving is mostly only for the experienced. There are several golf courses. For bird watchers there are good opportunities to view many species.



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