Namibia

Where dunes are mountains

Namibia is an arid, rough land full of contrasts, but still inviting and easy to travel. As one of the most scarcely populated countries in the world, it’s not the right place to get lost in the crows. But it is a top destination for those who enjoy nature, grandiose landscapes, spectacular sand dunes and first-class wildlife viewing. Namibia is an impressive country, raw and wild; it rewards further exploration and beautiful. Certainly if this is the 1st visit to Africa, there is no better destination other than Namibia. In Namibia there is vast wildlife species, fascinating culture, and beautiful landscapes; from lush wetlands to parched deserts, and unlimited adventure. Importantly it is very safe, crime is low and the politics are stable, the infrastructure is remarkably good and everything is well run. Tourism in Namibia is geared towards low volume-high revenue, meaning you are unlikely to see crowds.

If Namibia is ‘Africa for beginners’, as is often said, what a wonderful place to start. Few countries in Africa can match Namibia’s sheer natural beauty. The country’s name derives from its (and the world’s) oldest desert, the Namib, and there are few more stirring desert realms on the planet, from the sand sea and perfect dead-tree valleys at Sossusvlei to the other worldliness of sand dunes plunging down to the sea at Sandwich Harbour and the Skeleton Coast. Inland, running through the heart of the country, a spine of mountains creates glorious scenery – the Naukluft Mountains, the Brandberg, Spitzkoppe, Damaraland and the jaw-dropping Fish River Canyon. With rivers and wetlands in the Caprivi Strip and the endless gold-grass plains of the Kalahari, it’s difficult to think of an iconic African landscape that Namibia doesn’t possess.

If travelling with a group is not quite what you had in mind, we also offer tailor-made tours where you can build your own itinerary just for you and your friends. At Wild Dog Safaris we pride ourselves in our ability to create private tour itineraries to suit groups with special interests, such as birding, hiking or photography.

We can also arrange airport transfers, accommodation and car hire in Namibia. We would be pleased to tailor make you a tour to your needs and expectations. Just contact us using our request form and we´ll get back to you as soon as possible with further information.

Nali Safaris is best suited to assist you in creating, designing and quoting your dream holiday safari to Namibia.

Country Size & Borders

Namibia is a vast country, its surface area is 824 268 km², about 4 times the size of the United Kingdom and 27 times the size of Belgium. Situated along the Atlantic seaboard on the south-western coast of the African sub-continent, Namibia borders Angola and Zambia in the north, South Africa in the south and south-east, Botswana in the east and Zimbabwe at the eastern extremity of Caprivi, the curiously-shaped panhandle consisting of water-rich riverine swamp lands.

Population

According to the last census, Namibia has a population of just over 2.1 million and an annual population growth of about 3%. The population density of 1,7 people per square kilometre is one of the lowest in the world. The population is, however, very unevenly distributed, with approximately 60% of the country’s inhabitants living in the north with about one third in rural areas. Namibia’s inhabitants vary from a rural population of traditional hunter-gatherers, herders and farmers to a diverse urban population of semi-skilled, skilled and highly skilled workers, consisting of industrialists, traders, civil servants and individuals in a wide variety of professions.

Namibian Climate

Namibia has a dry climate typical of a semi-desert country, where droughts are a regular occurrence. Days are generally warm to very hot, while nights are generally cool. Midsummer temperature can rise to over 40ºC. Winter days are warm but dawn temperatures can drop to below freezing. Along the coast the cold Benguela current is also the prime determinant of the climate of the Namib, as it reduces rainfall and causes the omnipresent fog typical of the coast. The rainy season lasts from October to April. The rest of the year is dry and cloudless. All areas of Namibia average more than 300 days of sunshine a year!

Electrical Appliances

All run on 220/240 volts. Outlets are of the round 3-pin, 15 amp types.

Language

The official language is English and all documents, notices and directional signs are in English.
German and Afrikaans are also used throughout the country and there are numerous African languages and dialects which fall into two main groups: Bantu and Khoisan.

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