A UNIQUE & EXTRAORDINARY LAND OF AMAZING CONTRASTS
It also has a population density that is the 6th lowest in the world (only 1.5 million in an area four times the size of Britain giving a population density of just 2½ people per square kilometre!). The main cities of Windhoek and Swakopmund blend modern high-rise buildings with German architecture, historic buildings and African street markets. Swakopmund is Namibia’s premier holiday resort and offers a range of hotels, restaurants and shops plus adventure and relaxation in an unspoilt natural environment.
The Namib-Naukluft Park is Namibia’s largest conservation area and one of the most unusual wildlife and nature reserves in the world with an amazing array of animal, bird and plant species. The park contains an impressive variety of topography, ranging from the mountainous escarpment and peaks of the Naukluft Mountains to the towering dunes and arid plains of the Namib Desert, generally believed to be the world’s oldest desert.
Stretching along the coast of Namibia it provides visitors with an intriguing variety of desert-adapted animals and plants, the towering, shifting dunes of Sossusvlei and the notoriously treacherous Skeleton Coast, strewn with wrecks of old ships.
One of Africa’s great natural wonders is the Fish River Canyon, only second in size to the Grand Canyon. A gigantic ravine, 161 km long and 27km wide, it descends with dramatic suddenness almost 550 metres providing spectacular views.
The vast Etosha National Park is home to great concentrations of game and birdlife. At its heart is the Etosha Pan, a huge, silvery-white depression that is dry for most of the year but which fills with water during exceptionally rainy periods.
Namibia is also home to a kaleidoscope of people who hail from all corners of Africa and Europe. Over time these people have adapted their cultures and customs to the terrain in which they live – mostly arid and desolate.
Namibia is astoundingly different from typical ‘bush’ Africa, but without doubt it is a gem waiting to be discovered.
The cold Benguela current keeps the coast of the Namib Desert cool, damp and free of rain for most of the year, with a thick coastal fog. Inland, rain falls in summer (Oct-Mar). Summer temperatures are high whilst the altitude means that nights are cool. Winter nights (Apr-Sep) can be fairly cold, but days are generally warm and pleasant.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The peak season for travel to Namibia is June to September during the dry winter months with temperatures being very pleasant, although it can get cold at night. February to April and October are also good times to visit with good offers available. April & May are probably the best time for photography and also offer the best climate with lovely warm days and nights. The rainy season is basically from November to March, although December can often be be much dryer. Whales frequent the coast during October & November with game viewing in Etosha best between June & September.
Health & Vaccinations
We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. In addition a course of malaria prophylaxis is required. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Passport & Visa
British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition you will need to have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport if travelling to Namibia via South Africa. British passport holders do not require a visa. Parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them.
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