Serene Deserts and Endless Skies
A true sense of oneness with nature can be found in Namibia. With her majestic dunes, vast, unspoiled wilderness, rich game, and one of the lowest population densities in the world, Namibia has earned her place as a beloved safari destination.
A country of breathtaking contrasts and contradictions, two vast deserts and two of Africa’s greatest rivers call Namibia home. The startling red Namib, the oldest desert on the planet, runs along the Atlantic coastline, and the vast savannah of the Kalahari lies in the eastern interior. In contrast to the arid lands, Namibia is fed by a number of rivers, including the Zambezi, the Okavango, and the Orange, which rank among the great rivers of Africa.
In the north lies the Etosha Pan, an enormous alluvial salt pan that makes up almost 25% of the Etosha National Park, where elephant and great herds of antelope species–including the Kalahari Gemsbok–can be viewed. Many other species of wildlife abound as well, and the Etosha Pan is now the center of one of the finest game parks on the continent.
In the northeast, Namibia extends between Angola and Botswana along the slender corridor of the Caprivi Strip, which is a wooded and fertile region, offering an exceptional range and abundance of wildlife. And in the south lies the great Fish River Canyon, home to many adventure sports, and second in size only to the Grand Canyon, itself.
The Skeleton Coast, named for its scores of shipwrecks, offers spectacular fishing and whale watching. The wrecks provide excellent habitat for Cape fur seals and seabird colonies, offering unequaled maritime photographic opportunities. And if desert adventure is on your list, visit Sossusvlei, and climb some of the highest dunes in the world, then slide, jump, roll, surf or "swim" all the way back down.
With luxurious and sumptuously rugged hunting packages, ranging from private guest farms to large wildlife concessions, Namibia has become one of Africa’s top safari destinations. Renowned for her ethical and sustainable hunting practices, Namibia was the first country in the world to incorporate environmental conservation into her Constitution. In fact, approximately 14% of her land is protected, including nearly the entire Namib Desert coast.
Approximately 80 large mammal species—15 of which are almost entirely endemic to the country—call Namibia home. Over 650 bird species and more than 200 reptile varieties can also be found in the country’s diverse habitats.
Namibia’s climate is typical of a semi-desert country, with hot days and cool nights. Be prepared for summer temperatures topping 40°C. Winter days are warm, but dawn temperatures may drop below freezing on morning safaris. Although the rainy season lasts from October through April, no matter what the season, expect lots of sunshine, as Namibia has approximately 300 days of sunshine per year!
A popular addition to any safari is a trip to one Namibia’s major centres, such as Windhoek or Swakopmund. Although Germany lost control of Namibia after the First World War, there is still a rich tradition of European influences on the country’s architecture, food and customs. These blend with the colourful African cultures, giving Namibia her unique character. Namibia is also the world's largest diamond producer, and beautifully-fashioned jewelry, as well as locally made curios, can be taken home as precious reminders of your stay.
If your interests lie in diverse wildlife, serene landscapes, and discovering new adventures and cultures, Namibia offers unforgettable experiences found nowhere else on earth!
HUNTING ASSOCIATION: Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) www.natron.net/napha/
AREA: Namibia has a land mass of over 820,000 square kms.
CLIMATE: The climate is typical of a semi-desert country, with hot days and cool nights. Summer is from October to April; winter is from May to September. Namibia averages 300 days of sunshine a year.
POPULATION: The population of Namibia is approximately 2.25 million (2012). http://www.southafrica.net/za/en
LANGUAGES: English is the official language of Namibia. German and Afrikaans are also widely spoken.
CAPITAL: Windhoek, the capital and largest city, is located right in the middle of the country.
CURRENCY: The currency is the Namibian Dollar (NAM), which is fixed to, and thus equivalent to, the South African Rand (ZAR). 1 Namibian Dollar equals 0.10 cents USD (September, 2013). The South African Rand is accepted as legal tender in Namibia; the Namibian Dollar, however, is not legal tender in South Africa.
COMMUNICATIONS: Namibia has a good communications infrastructure. One mobile service provider boasts 99% network coverage across the country. (Please check with your booking agent for communications access at particular camps and lodges).
TIME ZONE: Namibia is in the same time zone as South Africa during the summer period: two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). It reverts to one hour behind South Africa for the winter months.