Namibia – Contrasting Landscapes
Namibia is a country of contrasting landscapes and stark natural beauty with a diversity of people and cultures. From game-packed parks to the silence and spectacle of the desert, this incredible country with its fantastic landscapes is waiting. Situated on the South West coast of Africa, its borders include Angola, Botswana and South Africa, as well as the Caprivi Strip in the far North East.
Namibia is the first country in the world to incorporate environmental protection into its constitution, proving their awareness of the importance of their treasured national assets.
Namibia derived its name from the Namib Desert, said to be the world’s oldest desert and the sand dunes among the highest in the world. About two million people call Namibia home. Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia, and features an unusual blend of European colonial and modern African architecture and is a bustling, cosmopolitan city with good hotels, sophisticated shops and friendly bistros.
Points of interest
Etosha National Park , located in the central north region, is one of the largest parks in Africa as well as one of Africa’s top game viewing spots. It is well known for its diversity of wildlife and when the Pan is filled during the rainy seasons.
Sosussvlei, the planet’s highest sand dunes.
Majestic Fish River Canyon is a spectacular natural phenomenon that was formed over 500 million years ago. It has become a popular hiking route although definitely not for the faint hearted or unfit.
The Quiver Tree Forest or “Giant’s Playground”, is an impressive jumble of massive dolerite boulders. The quiver tree or “Kokerboom” is indigenous to the hot and dry southern part of Namibia.
The famous red Namib Desert, said to be the oldest in the world, stretches along the whole west coast of the country
The Kalahari Desert runs along its south eastern border with Botswana. Dunes of red sand extend through this area. The region is full of wildlife-rich game parks, bird-watching and sightseeing.
Caprivi Strip, now known as the Zambezi Region, is a wooded and fertile region crossed by a number of rivers. It is also the site of several game parks, which provide spectacular scenery and relative solitude.
Damaraland is one of Namibia’s most scenic areas. Highlights include: The Brandberg – Namibia’s highest mountain and home to the famous “White Lady” Bushman Painting; Twyfelfontein – a wonderful rocky outcrop with
thousands of Bushman engravings; Spitzkoppe – a typical pointed inselberg, and a place of great mystery to the ancient San people; The Petrified Forest – which is millions of years old; The Vingerklip (finger rock)- a towering finger of limestone that rises 35m above its base. It is a remnant of a plateau formed over 15 million years ago.
The Namibian climate varies from arid and semi-arid to subtropical. Summers are hot and sunny from November to April with summer rains in February and March, although this varies from region to region. Winters are generally dry with mild to warm and sunny days from May to October. Frost occurs over large areas of the country during the winter months. The coastal region tends to be cool and dry throughout the year and warm clothing is required during winter.