Namibia is home to the infamous Skeleton Coast, that desolate and rugged coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. It is here where we find the Namib Desert, the world’s oldest desert and a World Heritage site, from which the country gets its name. The eastern expanses are dominated by the Kalahari Desert; the central highlands are renowned for its free-roaming wildlife and the Etosha National Park. Kaokoland and Damaraland are where we find some of the most dramatic landscapes, the uniquely adapted desert animals and the proud Ovahimba people.
Namibia is home to many wonders, and the country laws are set to protect those wonders. Nature conservation, besides being the foundation of the ever-growing tourism market, it is today part of the Namibian lifestyle.
Namibia was the first African country to implement environmental protection into its constitution. These efforts contributed to an immense uplift of rural communities and the protection of nature and wildlife around the country. Namibia is a true story of a conservancy conscious country.
What you need to know
Namibia is an African destination that caters for everyone. With excellent roads and infrastructure, economic and social stability and a seemingly endless variety of things to see and do. Namibia is a peaceful, democratic country, and it is safe to travel throughout the country as the crime rate is relatively low. As in any other place in the world, appropriate behaviour can prevent theft. Never carry articles such as camera’s, wallets or money too openly or leave them lying exposed in a parked vehicle. The official language is English, but German and Afrikaans are widely spoken and understood. Namibia has 15 ethnic groups with some 27 languages and dialects being spoken.
In addition to hotels, upmarket and standard lodges are top-rated in Namibia. In general, the lodges are smaller and offer a more personalized service. Travelling with children is no problem in Namibia as many lodges and accommodations cater to the family market.