Official Name: Republic of Namibia
Population: 2.2 million. It is the least densely populated country on earth after Mongolia.
Land Area: 825,000 sq km
Capital City: Windhoek
Currency: Namibian Dollar NAD$. South African Rand is also legal tender. (1 Namibian Dollar = AUD 9 cents / NAD100 = AUD $9.50, calculated 01 September 2016)
Time: 2 hours ahead of GMT Sept – April, 1 hour ahead of GMT April – September
Language: English is the official language but Afrikaans is the most common language spoken and German is widely spoken
Schooling: Compulsory free education between the ages of 6 – 16 years.
Parliament: Multi party democracy. Won independence in 1990. South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during WW1-WW2. 1966 saw a guerrilla group Marxist South-West Africa Peoples Organization (SWAPO) launch war of independence till South Africa agreed to end its administration in 1988.
Key Industries: The economy is heavily dependent on the extraction and processing of minerals for export. Diamond rich alluvial deposits, non fuel minerals like uranium, lead, zinc, tin, silver and tungsten. Tourism is a major contributor as the country is one of Africa’s prime destinations and is known for ecotourism and extensive wildlife.
Electricity: 220 volts, round 3 pin type outlets
Health Tips: While largely malaria free, malaria is present in some areas of Namibia. It is important that prevention methods are taken including wearing appropriate clothing, using mosquito nets, DEET based insect repellents and anti malarial tablets. Consult your doctor or specialist travel clinic for latest advise as it changes regularly. For up to date advice refer to http://www.smartraveller.gov.au
Climate: Namibia has a desert climate, it is hot, dry and rainfall is sparse and erratic. The coolest temperatures are found along the coast so be warned evening, nights and mornings can be surprisingly cold. The hottest months are December to March, Rainfall (if there is any) falls between October and April. May to October is a nice time to travel when the weather is a little cooler.
Namibia boarders Angola and Zambia in the North and South Africa in the South, Botswana in the East and the South Atlantic Ocean laps its shores on the west coast. An incredible 80% of the entire country is made of desert. It is one of the few countries in the world to specifically address conservation and protection of natural recourses in its constitution by actively promoting and maintaining the welfare of the people, ecosystems, ecological processes and biological diversity. With 26 parks and reserves, nearly half of its land is set aside making its abundant wildlife one of its greatest tourist aspects. This is highly demonstrated in its wonderfully kept National Parks like Etosha National Park – home to Africa’s tallest elephants, the endangered black rhino and at least 60 other African species which flock to the water holes during the dry season, making it ideal time to travel and photograph.
With thousands of acres of stunning natural landscape, tribal habitats the country of Namibia is a place not to miss. It is home to largest free roaming cheetah population in the world, leopards and lions are also indigenous big cats to Namibia.
Along the Skeleton Coast shipwrecks dot this wild Atlantic coastline and amazingly elephants wander through sand dunes that plunge directly into the freezing waters. It is a desolate place that is extremely rewarding for the photographer. The Namib-Naukluft conservation park includes the famous red dunes at Sossusvlei where it is worth taking the quad bikes for a tour. Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world thought to have formed about 500 million years ago. It is a place of extreme temperatures where incredible mammals have adapted to its harsh conditions and is best visited in the cooler months of May to September. Further north the palm lined streets, seaside promenades, fine accommodation, decent beaches and German architecture can be seen at Swakopmund, quite a contrast. On the way to the unique town of Twyfelfontein some of the largest and most important concentrations of Rock paintings and engravings can be viewed. (World Heritage Status)
Namibia is certainly not all desert like, the Zambezi Region formerly known as the Caprivi strip is a waterfront wildlife playground surrounded by 4 perennial rivers, Chobe, Kwando, Linyanti and the mighty Zambezi. It combines riverside forests with vast wetlands attracting over 6000 species of bird and 4 of the big 5 (less rhino).
Known as “the land of contrasts – where land meets sea”. Whilst travelling through Namibia, you can expect to see lots of wildlife in a diverse landscape. The 27 Day Safari includes a visit to the world’s second largest canyon, The Fish River Canyon. Both safaris include the huge 22,000 sq. km Etosha National Park where sightings of almost all African animal species can been seen. Please note that Namibia has renamed the prominent tourist area of the Caprivi Strip to be now called Zambezi Region.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba announced on 15 August 2013 that the 450 km area popular for its tropical rivers and wildlife to be renamed after the river that forms the northern border with Angola. (Shuckmannsburg town is now known as Lohonono and the Harbour town Luderitz is now called Nami=Nus)
Note: Roads in Namibia can be very rough and dusty.
Traveljoy Safaris that include Namibia:
15 Day Namibia Safari (Namibia, Botswana and Zambia)
27 Day Namibia Safari (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia)
27 Day Taste of Africa (Back to Back Safari)
29 Day African Splendour (Back to Back Safari)
30 Day Ultimate Wildlife (Back to Back Safari)
33 Day Amazing Africa (Back to Back Safari)
35 Day Spirit of Africa (Back to Back Safari)
41 Day African Wildlife Breakaway (Back to Back Safari)
46 Day Highlights of Africa (Back to Back Safari)
49 Day Highlights of Africa reverse (Back to Back Safari)
50 Day Grand Tour of Africa (Back to Back Safari)
61 Day Ultimate African Safari (Back to Back Safari)