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Eco Travel Guide to Namibia : Southern Africa

 
Namibia Travel Guide
Travel Writer: EcoTravel Africa  
 

A country of contrasts straddled between two deserts, Namibia is a country of compelling beauty -- stunning landscapes, endless skies, barren deserts, rugged mountains and spectacular wildlife.

Namibia is one of the least known of the Southern African countries, but her attractions are unparalleled, from the spectacular red dunes of the Namib desert to the wild Skeleton coast and the game rich Etosha National Park. Namibia is ideal for travellers wishing to explore all that Namibia has to offer. Namibian roads are well signposted and maintained, making a self drive travel a safe but adventurous holiday choice.

 
 
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Namibia is a mature safari destination and is definitely a destination not to be overlooked. Safaris in Namibia offers a rich cultural and wildlife experiences for any visitor to the country. Typical safaris explore Namibia's top tourist attractions including Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert; the Skeleton Coast, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund; Damaraland and Etosha National Park.

Namibia is one of the larger countries in Africa, and draws an increasing number of visitors from various parts of the globe. Namibia comprises of 800 000 km2, with a population of only one and a half million people. Namibia's rich colourful African culture, composed of several different ethnic groups, including the San, the Khoi-Khoi, the Herero, and the Ovambo, is blended with European traditions, largely Germans and Afrikaners, resulting in a unique atmosphere.

A sense of freedom is generated by the wide horizons, the clear unpolluted skies and a population density which is among the lowest in the world. This feeling of tranquillity and stillness combines with a landscape which is singular in it's colours, full of contrasts of light and shade.

Namibia gets quite hot between December to February, but because of its high altitude, humidity is low and nights are pleasantly cooled by a light breeze. It does rain quite heavily in summer but the evaporation rate is extremely high so it does not stay damp for long. Winters can get very cold at night with some frost in low lying areas, but the days are warm, sunny and cloudless.

Namibia is the first country in the world to include protection of the environment and sustainable utilisation of wildlife in its constitution. About 15,5% of the country has been set aside as National Parks. In these areas, rare and endangered species of animals, birds and plant life are preserved and protected.

Most of the African wildlife species are well represented in Namibia, with the largest concentration being in the Etosha National Park. Wilderness and modern amenities co-exist happily in this land of vivid contrasts.

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital city and lies in the heart of the central highlands in an airy basin surrounded by rolling mountains. It has a combination of innovative modern constructions and old German colonial buildings. As capital cities go, this is one of the safest and most relaxed in Southern Africa and a perfect place to start or finish a Namibian holiday.

There are daily flights into the Capital city of Windhoek, as well as Walvis Bay on the coast. From these points, your safaris in Namibia commences to Etosha National Park, the dunes of Sossusvlei, the interior of Damaraland and the Kaokoveld, and the unique Skeleton Coast. Private landowners in Namibia has played a signficant role in the conservation of wildlife the largest of these being the NamibaRand game reserve. At present, there are one hundred and eighty two private reserves registered in Namibia.

Sossusvlei is the most popular destination in the Southern region of Namibia, with it's monumental dunes the highest which has been measured from it's base as being 325m. These star shaped dunes are a south-after topic by artists and photographers.

 

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