Namibia is a land of extraordinary and unique landscapes - it is rugged yet fragile, barren yet beautiful, harsh but compelling, with clear and unpolluted skies. Namibia was the first country in the world to include protection of the environment and wildlife in its constitution and over 15% of the country has been set aside to protect rare and endangered species of animals, birds and plant life.
It also has a population density that is among the lowest in the world (only 1.5 million in an area four times the size of Britain). 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.