Desolate, dramatic, devastatingly beautiful
Namibia has some of the most breathtaking and unique landscapes you’ll ever see in Africa. This is the country where you’ll find the world’s oldest desert, the highest sand dunes, the second-largest canyon on the planet and one of Africa’s largest national parks.
We adore it for its dramatic, contrasting scenery – from the mist-shrouded coastline of the Skeleton Coast, dotted with whale bones and shipwrecks, to the endless gold-grass plains of the Kalahari; from the wildlife-rich salt pans of Etosha National Park to Africa’s largest gorge, Fish River Canyon; from the rivers and wetlands in the Caprivi Strip to the shifting sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert.
Everywhere you look, there’s an iconic African landscape that will have your jaw dropping.
Namibia’s culture is just as rich as its natural beauty. The opportunity to admire ancient San rock art or meet members of the Himba people of north-western Namibia, famous for their skin rubbed with red ochre, will be a highlight of your trip to this extraordinary part of the world.
More about Namibia
Perched above South Africa, Namibia’s western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It also shares borders with Botswana, Angola and Zambia, and while it doesn’t border Zimbabwe the only thing that separates them is the Zambezi River.
Namibia is the second-least densely populated country on Earth. It means a Namibia safari is something truly special, and you can expect to experience a real sense of solitude.
Namibia’s history is colourful, from German control in the late 1800s, to diamond discovery in the early 1900s and South African control during the First World War. Namibia independence came in 1990 following a bush war that stemmed some 25 years. Today as a Namibia holidaymaker you’ll experience a beautiful harmony among the country’s 2.5 million people. They hail from 14 ethnic groups and speak 26 different languages. The official language is English, although less than 1% of the population speak it as their first language. Don’t worry, though, almost everyone you meet on your travels will speak English!
Namibia has a typically semi-desert climate with hot days and cool nights, and averages about 300 days of sunshine annually. The rainy season lasts from October to April, while the rest of the year is dry and cloudless. December to March is also the peak of summer (temperatures may rise to over 40C), while winter daytime temperatures are pleasant, but it can fall to freezing or below at night during June, July and August.