Highlights of Namibia safari

Namibia tours
Canyon National Park in Namibia. PHOTO/FILE
Namibia, officially known as the Republic of Namibia, is situated in southern Africa on the Atlantic coast. The country borders Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east, and South Africa to the south.

Windhoek (German: Windhuk) is the capital city of Namibia.

Namibia is famous for its thriving population of African animals, abundant sunshine and a feeling of unconfined spaces that make the country one of the best safari destinations in the continent.

In addition to the unspoilt landscapes and huge array of wildlife, Namibia has some of the most spectacular game reserves in the world.

These range from the Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, to desert plains of the Namib-Naukluft Park in western region of the country.

The desolate Namib Desert, said to be the world’s oldest, is a popular destination, and so is the majestic Fish River Canyon National Park in the south.

Most of the African animals species are represented in Namibia, with the largest concentration in the Etosha National Park – one of the most popular national parks in Africa.

The country is home to the largest population of cheetah still in existence as well as a huge population of bird life comprising over 600 bird species.

Windhoek is a great place to start your trip. It is the travel hub of Namibia and offers good night life, hotels and nice sights. Hosea Kutako International Airport, situated some 45 minutes outside the city, is a common entry point for most international travellers on safari to Namibia.

When To Go:
Namibia weather is not conducive for safari all year round. The country’s climate has variations corresponding to its geographical subdivisions. In the arid central Namib Desert, daytime temperatures may rise to over 40°C in summer and drop to below freezing at night.

The northeast, which has a subtropical climate, experiences the highest rainfall (over 600mm annually) along the Okavango River. The northern and central regions experience ‘light rains’ from October to December.

The ideal time to go on a Namibia safari is between April and November, when a huge number of animals migrate towards the waterways of the Okavango Delta.

The summer rainy season (November to April) is ideal for bird watching and tours to the Kalahari.

Things To Do: Game viewing, snorkelling, diving, desert tours, and more.

Quick Facts About Namibia:
Time: GMT/UTC +2
Population: 1.83 million
Seasons: Long rainy season (January to April); dry (May to September); short rainy season (October to December).
Telephone: Country code 264; international access code 00
Capital: Windhoek
Namibia Visa: None required for citizens of Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Canada or the USA.
National carrier: Air Namibia
Area: 825, 000 sq km
Language: English, Afrikaans, German, Owambo, Kavango, Herero, Khoikhoi (Nama/Damara), San dialects.
Namibia Currency: Namibian dollar (N$)