Fall in love with our beautiful country!
Namibia, land of shifting sand, is a rough diamond on the African coast waiting to be cut and polished by any eager travelers making their way through this vast land. The treacherous Skeleton Coast lures you in, while Sossusvlei’s giant waves of red sand mystify you, along with the numerous ghost towns, drawing you ever closer with the promise of stories untold. There’s wildlife in abundance and some of the natural world’s most breathtaking landscapes, dramatic vistas and awe-inspiring caves to explore, although the Fish-river canyon must take pride of place as one of the world’s great natural wonders. Some of the most desired national parks on the continent beckon the traveler, who’ll usually be welcomed with open arms by the sub-2-million population who inhabit this ancient land, among them the legendary San who still sail barefoot across Namibia’s great seas of sand.
Evidence of Stone Age occupation of Namibia exists in rock paintings estimated to be 25 000 years and older. Centuries later various groups of San hunter-gatherers wandered in and settled parts of this vast expanse of land.
Namibia became independent on 21 March 1990.
Almost four times the size of Great Britain, Namibia is one of Africa’s most sparsely populated countries. After independence Namibia was divided into 13 regions: the north comprised Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, and Oshikoto; the Kunene lies in the northwest; Kavango and Caprivi in the northeast; the central part is made up of Erongo, Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Khomas and Hardap; and finally there is Karas in the south.
English is the official language, but with numerous different tribes as well as colonial influences, it’s hardly surprising to find a multitude of languages spoken throughout Namibia.ch can live from 500 to 2000 years, one of the oldest known plants in the world.
Based on figures from the official 2001 census, Namibia has 2,100,000 people. Interestingly there are 50,000 more women than men. The most densely populated region is the Khomas (which includes Windhoek), with over a quarter of a million people.
Namibia covers an area of almost 825,000 per square km. Well over 600 species of bird have been recorded. Namibia enjoys a glorious wildlife population, with numerous species of game throughout the country. The big game includes leopard, lion and cheetah, in addition to elephant, rhino(white and black), hippopotamus and giraffe, as well as buffalo, Burchell’s zebra and Hartsman’s mountain zebra. There is also numerous species of antelope.
What to do in Namibia
Namibia’s coastal dunes provide endless enjoyment for visitors, and are one of the best places in the world to enjoy sand-skiing, sand-boarding and quad biking
Namibia has perfect conditions for horse riding, with routes crossing mountains, bush and wooded areas to desert plains and dunes.
For those who enjoy taking their lives into their own hands and having adrenaline pumping through their veins, skydiving over land and sea is the answer.
Namibia’s abundant wildlife attracts hunting enthusiasts from afar to partake in trophy and safari hunting, bird hunting, as well as the ancient art of bow hunting.
Aspects that make coastal angling from the beach especially enjoyable are the peaceful desert environment and the uncrowded beaches.
People come to Namibia to lose themselves yet, lost in all this space, many instead succeed only in finding themselves.
With all those empty roads and spectacular landscapes, driving is enjoyable in Namibia – but you can be lulled into a false sense of security if you’re not used to driving long distances, often on gravel. Make sure someone knows where you are expected to be each evening – tourists in remote areas have been known to break down and not be found for several days. Bear the following in mind at all times.
- Observe speed limit: 120km/h on tarred roads, 80km/h on gravel.
- Take special care on gravel, which can be deceptively tricky – for example, braking suddenly may turn your vehicle over, while you need to slow right down at dips and even on gentle curves.
- 4WD is advisable for gravel roads.
- Keep headlights on gravel roads.
- When overtaking on gravel, keep to the right-hand (opposite) side of the road for a good half-mile so the plume of dust from your vehicle does not obscure the vision of the overtaken driver.
- Take two spare tyres, plenty of water and snacks.
- Build in plenty of time for your journey.
- Do not drive at dawn, dusk or night-time when animals are most active and may be crossing roads.
- Watch your fuel and fill up when you can.
- Keep emergency numbers with you. Mobile phone coverage is generally good.