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Namibia is an immense, sparsely populated country situated along the south Atlantic coast of Africa bordering South Africa in the south, Angola and Zambia in the north and Botswana and Zimbabwe in the east. It takes its name from the 80 million year old Namib Desert, one of the driest places on earth which stretches along the entire west coast of the country, covering the 800 mile Skeleton Coast. The Kalahari Desert runs along its south-eastern border with Botswana.
The main tourist areas are Namib Naukluft and Sossusvlei in the south- west, the colonial coastal town of Swakopmund in the west, Damaraland situated north of Swakopmund off the Skeleton Coast and Etosha National Park in the north. The area of land sandwiched between Angola and Botswana is known as the Caprivi Strip. Windhoek is the capital city and is very well connected to the rest of Southern Africa by means of daily flights and an excellent road network.
The many national parks and game reserves boast a huge variety of wildlife in a kaleidoscope of diverse environments. Giraffes amble across the blinding white saltpans of Etosha National Park, oryx plunge headlong up impossibly steep red dunes at Sossusvlei and seals in their multitudes colonise lonely beachheads along the Skeleton Coast. Astonishing contrasts are everywhere for the visitor to savour, enjoy and photograph.
Namibia has rapidly become a well-known safari destination for an African safari holiday with a difference, known for its remote and intimate lodges, its indigenous people and also the wildlife.
The enormous distances between destinations in this huge and breathtaking land mean that visitors usually fly from camp to camp. This allows a greater appreciation of the country in all its vast splendour from the air, as well as providing more time for exploring on the ground in the company of highly trained, passionate guides who are eager to share their enthusiasm for and knowledge of this wonderful, surprising land.
WHEN TO GO
Namibia has a dry climate typical of a semi desert country where droughts are a regular occurrence. Days are mostly warm to very hot and nights are generally cool. Sporadic rain falls in summer from November to March, and travelling at this time can be extremely hot!