Namibia is a stunning country quite unlike any other destination, either in Africa or elsewhere. With the oldest desert on earth and the largest sand dunes in the world, Namibia's scenery is absolutely mind-blowing, and this is the country's main draw. However, Namibia does have populations of the world's only desert elephant and desert rhino (both species uniquely adapted to survival in the inhospitable desert), so a Namibia Holiday also offers a unique game viewing experience.
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Our top 5 reasons to take a Namibia holiday
1. The reasons to visit Namibia start and end with its magnificent (and magnificently varied) scenery. This is a photographer’s paradise.
2. One of the most remarkable existences on earth has been carved out by the Himba tribe of Namibia. Living with very little water, they have adapted by bathing in smoke and caking their skin to retain water. A visit to the Himba is an unparalleled cultural experience.
3. Namibia’s vast expanse offers a great variety of landscape and experiences – from the famous red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, to the wild and haunting skeleton coast, and the dense green bush (and rich wildlife) of Etosha National Park.
4. There are few places in the world today that retain such a remote, untouched environment as Namibia. In a country 4x the size of England but with a population of only 1.2 million, if you’re after absolute isolation, you can find it here!
5. In addition to the dramatic landscapes for which it is so famous, Namibia also offers a good range of adrenaline sports (Swakopmund is famous for sandboarding, sky diving, quad biking and paragliding), and authentic wildlife experiences. This is the only place on earth to see the remarkable desert elephant and desert rhino, and Etosha National Park has a good variety of game.
Where is Namibia?
Namibia is in Southern Africa on the west coast, and is bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia & Angola.
Namibia’s geography can be split broadly into five geographical areas: the Central Plateau, the Namib Desert, the Great Escarpment, the Bushveld, and the Kalahari Desert.
The wide, flat Central Plateau runs from north to south and the majority of Namibia’s population and economic activity takes place here. The Great Escarpment runs from Angola through Namibia to South Africa, creating a dramatic backdrop to the gravel plains of the Namib Desert. The Bushveld in the north is greener than most of the rest of Namibia, enjoying annual flooding (Etosha Pan) and a cooler climate. The Kalahari is a huge desert area which spans South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. The Kalahari is not just sand, however; it is home to a variety of localised environments some of which are incredibly lush and green, for example the Karoo.
For more information take a look at the map of Namibia below.