TRAVEL INFO: NAMIBIA
Namibia is any photographers dream come true...
There are four main topographical regions within Namibia, namely; The Namib desert, the coastal plains, the Kalahari and the bushveld. This is a country of compelling beauty and wide horizons dominated by the brooding and desolate Namib Desert, which has the highest sand dunes in the world. Other highlights include watching the sunset over the Fish River Canyon, observing the movement of the wildlife on the never ending plains of Etosha National Park and going dune bashing around the coastal town of Swakopmund.
Etosha National Park and the Namib-Naukluft National Park are two of Namibia's National Parks that are not to be missed. Stretching over 22 270 sq kilometres, Etosha National Parks is on of Africa's largest parks also offering the opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife. The main areas within the Namib-Naukluft Park include Sossusvlei, the lagoon at Sandwich harbour, and the Naukluft Park.
Swakopmund has become the adventure capital of Namibia, while the city of Windhoek is the Capital.
The Namibian Dollar was introduced in September 1993, and although the South African Rand can be used in Namibia, the Namibian Dollar can't be used in South Africa.
Namibia's climate is typical of semi-desert terrain, with hot days and cool nights and an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. Only during the summer months from November to February does rain occur, mostly as heavy thunderstorms. Then the usually dry riverbeds become saturated with torrents of muddy water in a very short time.
The Namib desert, at 80 million years, is the world’s oldest desert. Namib means “open space”.
Stunning Fish River Canyon is thesecond largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon – it is 161km long, up to 27km wide and 550m deep, formed about 500 million years ago. Namibia is the second least densely populated country on earth
Sossusvlei are said to be the highest sand-dunes in the world.
Even if English is the official language in Namibia, many people are more comfortable speaking Afrikaans or German. About one third of Namibians speak German because Namibia as South West Africa was settled by German immigrants in the last century. Many Namibians also speak Afrikaans at home. Several indigenous African languages are also spoken with Oshiwambo being the African language which is most widely spoken and understood.
The Welwitschia Mirabilis, a fossil plant that can be found in the Namib Desert, has a lifespan that can reach 2,000 years.
Averaging at 2,500, the free-roaming cheetah population of Namibia is the largest in the world. The Namib Desert is known as the world’s oldest desert. 80% of the country is made up of desert.