Namibia’s vast blue skies and surreal landscapes will dazzle the natural beauty lover.
The Skeleton Coast, running along the Atlantic Ocean, is eternally tranquil, and delights visitors. Namibia, north of South Africa, west of Botswana, and south of Angola, was German colony for a long time, and gained independence in 1990.
The capital, Windhoek with a populating less than 30 000 is a logical point to start your journey in this vast and sparsely populated country of 2.4 million inhabitants who speak nine different languages, though English is the official one. Many also speak Afrikaans. South Africa and Namibia are the best customers of each other. Namibia imports more from South Africa than does South Africa from Namibia. In fact you can exchange South African rands for Namibian $, banks do not charge fees for such exchanges.
Flying into Namibia is easy. You can fly to the Hosea Kutako International airport from Frankfurt am Main, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Victoria or to Cape Town, and then continue with a commuter airline to Windhoek.
The beauty of Namibia lies in its natural sites – Namib Desert, Fish River Canyon Park, Etosha National Park, the Kalahari Desert, and the Skeleton Coat, plus wild animals. Here desert lions, desert elephants, mountain zebras, ostriches, giraffes, oryxs, cheetahs have adapted to desert conditions.
Namibia’s water resources are limited, and vegetation is sparse. The Skeleton Coast Desert stretches for thousands of kilometres, and is untouched by man or beast with the finest-grained sand you will ever see. It is one of the few places on earth where near total desolation manifests itself with such natural beauty and tranquility.
The Skeleton Coast and Natural Park was established in 1971, and today safari companies offer 3 – 4 day tours to their “camps” where nature lovers can enjoy beauty unencumbered by human hand. To the south of the Skeleton Coast Park you find the world’s largest canyon the Fish River Canyon, stretching 160 kilometres. The best way to travel in Namibia is to fly, or use four-wheel drive vehicles, and local guides.
The country is famous for its high quality diamonds. Namibians are big meat eaters, but you can buy any vegetable or fruit (all imported from South Africa) or elsewhere in the world.
In Windhoek, restaurants foreign specialties from all over the world abound.
Outside Windhoek tourists must contend with basic foods.
Visit Luderitz southwest of Windhoek, if you are interested in ghost towns. This town founded by German colonizers on the Atlantic coast looks like a 19th century Teutonic city.
Namibia’s tourism industry, while underdeveloped, is a major foreign currency earner.
British, Germans, South Africans and other European nature lovers constitute the majority of visitors to this naturally beautiful country.