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|Namibia is one of the larger countries in Africa, and is endowed compelling
beauty; abundant sunshine; and a feeling of unconfined space and captivating
diversity, from its unique scenic attractions to great wildlife parks. A sense of
freedom is generated by the wide horizons, the clear unpolluted skies and a
population density which is among the lowest in the world. This feeling of
tranquillity and stillness combines with a landscape which is singular in its
colours, full of contrasts of light and shade. In addition, the diversity of its
people creates a rich blend of cultures and traditions. The population is
composed of several different ethnic groups, including the San, the Khoi-Khoi,
the Herero, and the Ovambo as well as the small European population, largely
Germans and Afrikaners. The Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert and the Himba
of Damaraland, have a fascinating culture that shuns the trappings of modern
life we take for granted.
Stretching 1,000 miles along the Atlantic coast, Namibia’s spectacular
landscapes, including the Sossusvlei Dunes, massive towering red sand
mountains; Fish River Canyon, second only to the Grand Canyon; and famed
Etosha Pan National Park, with vast herds of specially adapted animals and
rare plants. The Atlantic coast of Namibia boasts the infamous shipwrecks
along Skeleton Coast, the largest seal colony in the southern hemisphere at
Cape Cross, and the refreshing resort of Walvis Bay.
A classic safari might include greeting sunrise on top of Africa's highest dunes
and a wander through the Namib Desert; a desert so old that unique plants and
animals have evolved to survive here. It’s the only desert in Africa inhabited by
elephant, rhino, giraffe, and lion. Then relax in a hot mineral spring at the
bottom of the world's second deepest canyon. Watch lion stalk Etosha's huge
herds of animals by day, then observe wild black rhino taking an evening drink
at a floodlit waterhole. Meet a cheetah at close quarters, or stroll through a
petrified forest amongst ancient rock paintings and dinosaur footprints.
It’s quite hot between December to February, but because of its high altitude,
humidity is low and nights are pleasantly cooled by a light breeze. It does rain
quite heavily in summer but the evaporation rate is extremely high so it does not
stay damp for long. Winters can get very cold at night with some frost in low
lying areas, but the days are warm, sunny and cloudless.
Namibia has a colourful and turbulent history. In the mid-19th century, German
missionaries opened up the interior, paving the way for traders who came later.
The annexation of the country by Germany in 1884 accounts for the distinctive
German architecture and traditions. As a nation, however, Namibia is relatively
young, having gained its independence after prolonged struggles only in March
For all your Namibia trips, Bateleur Africa Tours and Travel would be delighted
to assist you.
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