Officially known as the Republic of Namibia, this unique and untouched country largely comprised of desert and salt pans, has some surprisingly beautiful features due to its location. A western border dominated by the cold Atlantic Ocean, northern land borders with wild Angola and Zambia, Botswana to the east with its flood plains, and South Africa to the south-east. Although it does not officially border with Zimbabwe, less than 200 metres of riverbed separates them at their closest points. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek, also home to Hosea Kutako International Airport. Due to the vast expanse of Namibia, many visitors travel the country via light aircraft as almost all parks and towns have their own airstrips. Self-driving is possible and a great way to experience the landscape.
Namibia has a rich history with much of that past still kept alive in the present day. The dry lands were inhabited by nomadic tribes such as the Bushmen, for centuries. In modern times, it became a German protectorate and remained so until the end of World War I. In 1920, it was mandated to South Africa which it gained independence from in 1990. Interestingly, visitors will find many parts of the country still have a strong German heritage.
This landscape is the setting for truly incredible natural events that have become must-sees on buckets lists for the adventurous traveller. The most visited places include the capital city of Windhoek, Caprivi Strip, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, the Skeleton Coast Park, Sesriem, Etosha Pan and the coastal towns of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Lüderitz to name a few.
Sossusvlei and Sesriem are home to the world’s tallest dunes, while Caprivi strip is a lush wildlife-rich area, and Etosha was once proclaimed as the largest game reserve in the world. Swakopmund is the adventure capital and offers extreme sports such as sandboarding, skydiving, hot-air ballooning, and quad bike trails into the surrounding dunes. Visitors will also have a chance to explore the oceans during their stay. Seal and dolphin spotting trips are a must, while the south boasts the beautiful and rugged Fish River Canyon, as well as the staunchly German town of Lüderitz, home to a legendary “ghost town” claimed by the sand, nearby.
The best time to visit Namibia is from July to October, the dry season, when the temperatures are just above 20°C and the chance of rain is nil. This weather also makes for the best time for wildlife viewing. Travellers shouldn’t be fooled by the desert, however; as winter nights can get below freezing.
Most tour operators and travel agents will recommend purchasing travel insurance before arriving. Most plans include emergency air evacuation if visitors are travelling to remote areas of the country. We advise that visitors talk to their travel consultants before travelling.