Namibia is a large and mainly arid country. Essentially a desert country, Namibia offers contrasting landscapes. The desolate Namib Desert is said to be the oldest in the world, with its high dunes and awe-inspiring sense of space. The central plateau, with its thorn bush savannah and rugged mountains, rising abruptly from the plains, gives way to the majestic Fish river Canyon in the south. In the north of the country, landscapes range from dense bush and open plains of the great Etosha Pan, to woodland savannah and lush vegetation.

Namibia shares borders with Angola to the north, Botswana to the east, South Africa to the south and, in the Caprivi Strip, a narrow panhandle of Namibian territory jutting from the northeast corner of the country, with Zambia and Zimbabwe. To the west is 1280km (795 miles) of some of the most desolate and lonely coastline in the world.

Today Namibia is a peaceful country which is economically prosperous as a result of its productive mining, fishing, tourism and agricultural industries.

   CAPITAL Windhoek
   OTHER CITIES Walvis Bay, Mariental, Gobabis, Swakopmund, Lüderitz
   AIRPORTS International Airport Windhoek, Eros Airport
   AREA At 825 418km², Namibia is the world's thirty-fourth largest country
  POPULATION 2.0 million
  LANGUAGES English, Afrikaans, German, Herero
  PEOPLE 86% African (50% Ovambo, 9% Kavango, 7% Herero, 7% Damara, 5% Nama, 4% Caprivian, 3% San, 2% Baster, 0.5% Tswana )
7.4% mixed, 6.6% white

Not to be missed

  • Etosha National Park
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Daan Viljoen Game Reserve
  • Skeleton Coast
  • Spitskoppe
  • Dune Adventure