Namibia is a vast and widely spread, populated land of desert, savannah scrubland and more desert with mostly gravel roads and stunning natural attractions that are often empty.The Namibia Desert occupies the western coastline, while the Kalahari into the Namibian territory.But in terms of travel destinations, Namibia's landscape rewards the traveller with stunning scenery and abundant wildlife.Most of Namibia has a desert climate. Instead of having the typical yellow desert colours of the dunes in the Namib, the Kalahari desert is known by its red colour and its low rolling hills, covered with low bushes. In between is a mountainous rugged area with canyons like the mighty Fish River Canyon. Although on some days there are some small rivers running in these 3 areas, it's the north along the border with Angola that boasts rivers, waterfalls and fertile land. The Kunene, Chobe, Okavango and Zambezi river systems are the most important ones.

These places can have cold days when the fog lasts for a whole day and temperatures are generally higher during the day and colder at night.The dry lands of Namibia were inhabited since early times by Bushmen, Damara, Namaqua, and since about the 14th century, by immigrating Bantu. Although there are signs of inhabitants as long as 10.000 years ago.

The Namib desert is home to the highest sand dunes in the world.Namibia can be divided into 4 main zones. The first one is the Namib desert which is one of the driest areas in the world.In the south is the Kalahari with border countries, Botswana and South Africa. A vast area of Namibia's surface is spread out over a big central plateau, with dry mountainous areas. The last area is the the Kavango and Caprivi areas. The landscape is much greener and sometimes very lush here and with the capital Windhoek.

Cities In Namibia

Windhoek is the capital the country
Keetmanshoop is more a large town than a city, this is the main settlement between Windhoek and South Africa.
Lüderitz is located along the southwest coast of the country, German atmosphere.
Walvis Bay is central coast, major industry and port city.
Swakopmund is central coast, German atmosphere.
Grootfontein is main settlement in the central north.
Rundu is  main city along the northern border.

Sossusvlei is the show piece of the Namib desert a magnificent place surrounded by one of the highest dunes in the world. Dead Vlei is covered with dead trees on a flat and white area in between beautiful yellow dunes, everything covered under a clear blue sky on most days of the year.

Fish River Canyon
After the Grand Canyon in the USA, the Fish River Canyon is said to be the second biggest canyon in the world. It is one of the best places for hiking in Namibia, but you can also relax in the hotsprings of Ai Ais.

Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is the place for a safari in Namibia. Apart from buffalo, the big five (leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo and lion) can be seen here, among other smaller animals like cheetah, antelopes and zebra. Also, many birds have their breeding spots in the park.

Luderitz and surroundings are not from this earth. It's a long drive to get there and back along the same (very good) route. Watch for wild horses on the plains several dozens of kilometres before the town. Although Luderitz itself is just a small places, it has its charms.

Kaokoveld and Damaraland
Kaokoveld and Damaraland are two very beautiful places in the northwestern region of the country. It includes part of the Skeleton coast, the Twyfelfontein region and the remarkable Vingerklip. The north of this area is still home to some exclusive desert elephants and desert rhinos. Damarland is the southern area, between Kaokoveld and Swakopmund and has better gravel roads to travel along. 

Caprivi strip
For something much greener, a visit to the Caprivi strip is a must see. There are many national parks here along the borders with Angola and Botswana like Mudumu and Mamili national parks.

The adventure capital of the country, and a frequent stop off for African trips.This windswept town retains a strong German influence which gives it the feeling of an outpost, surrounded by desert and the Atlantic.

Independence Day
Namibia celebrates Independence Day on the 21st of March, to mark the day in 1990 when it gained full independence from South Africa. It is a national holiday.

Windhoek Carnival
The Windhoek Carnival is a very important event in the capital, with celebrations beginning on the first Friday of April.Festivities also include a ladies night, a youth carnival and a children's carnival.

Kuste Carnival
August sees Swakopmund come alive with street parades, all-night parties, and large amounts of drinking.
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