What to expect in Namibia?

Namibia means “a place of great arid plains” but encompasses a varied and beautiful landscape. From subtropical, lush waterways of the Okavango, Zambezi and Kunene rivers in the north to arid, scorched gravel plains around the Fish River Canyon in the south, Kalahari savannah plains in the east to the Namib Desert in the west, Namibia offers a beauty not to be found elsewhere in the world.

Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world with approximately 2.20 million inhabitants spread over roughly 800 000 square kilometers. This is one of the attractions of Namibia, to experience the vastness of Africa, but with first world infrastructure and medical services available.

The infrastructure boasts excellent tarmac and gravel roads throughout the country, first world medical facilities in Windhoek and the larger towns of Namibia, telecommunication to the rest of the world and excellent lodges and tourist attractions.

International flight connections are available from the Hosea Kutako International Airport via Germany or South Africa to all destinations worldwide.

The climate is mild in winter to hot during summer time. Temperatures in winter vary between average 0 degrees Celsius early morning to 24 degrees Celsius at noon. Temperatures in summer vary from average 12 degrees Celsius early morning to 33 degrees Celsius at noon. The humidity is very low throughout the year, therefore the noon temperatures are easily bearable all year round.

The rainy season is from late January to end of April with an average varying from as little as 20mm in the desert to more than 1000mm in the subtropical northern parts of Namibia. The average rainfall over central Namibia varies between 250 – 350 mm annually.

Etosha National Park

Namibia is known for its wildlife, vast open spaces, and other tourist attractions. 

The Etosha National Park in the northern part of the country offers a showcase of typical Namibian wildlife, including the big five, with the exception of the Cape buffalo. More than 100 mammal species and more than 300 bird species could be found in the park.

Sossusvlei (Namib Desert)

Sossusvlei, southwest of Windhoek, is a pan that is formed by a perennial river running into the desert and forming a pan, before disappearing under the sand dunes. This is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Namib Desert. The huge red dunes, some of them up to 300 meters high, are an unforgettable sight at sunrise or sunset. The biggest experience is to see Sossusvlei, a pan, fills with water during the rainy season.

Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast on the west coast of Namibia offers a variety of photographic opportunities and various other activities.

Fish River Canyon
(Southern Namibia)

The Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the USA, is found further south.

Swakopmund (Coastal)

Swakopmund, a town from early German colonial times, and Walvis Bay, a deep-sea harbor, are the basis from where everything happens. Scenic flights along the coast, quad biking into the dunes, dolphin cruises, shark catching or surf/boat fishing trips and nature trips into the Namib Desert, are but a few activities offered along the coast.

Caprivi (Northern Namibia)

Caprivi, a narrow piece of land in the far northeast of Namibia, approximately 400km long bordering Angola, Zambia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. It falls within the tropical climate zone and receives the highest rainfall figures in Namibia between December and March.

Major rivers like the Kavango, Kwando and Zambezi flow through this region. The Caprivi lends itself to a magical journey of culture, birds, mammals, and flora.

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