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Namibia

Namibia is a country of astonishing contrasts aptly named after the Namib - the oldest desert on the planet, and a sea of red sand along the Atlantic coastline. Namibia is celebrated for its vast open landscapes, infinite supply of blue skies, star-filled nights, stable political and economic climates, and for experienced travelers looking to get away from the crowds. 

Over the years, there have been a number of cultural influences that have all added to the unique atmosphere of Namibia. At various times, Germany, Great Britain and South Africa have all governed the territory, but it was with the eventual independence of Namibia in 1990 that the country was able to develop its multicultural character and reinvent itself. There is still a distinctive Namibian character that freely blends African styles with European influences (especially German) on architecture, food, customs and art.

The many national parks and game reserves boast a huge variety of wildlife in a kaleidoscope of differing environments:  the white saltpans of Etosha National Park; the red dunes at Sossusvlei; lonely beaches along the Skeleton Coast and the uninhabited wilderness of Kaokoveld. Repeat visitors to Africa will savor the diversity of this fascinating country.

 

Did you know? 

  • At its widest point, Namibia stretches half way across the African continent.
  • Namibia has one of the lowest population densities in the world with 1.5 people per square kilometer.


Frontiers represents a number of world class lodges and camps spread out across Namibia that can accommodate all types of travel expectations.  Talk to a member of our Africa department today for more information about the various options in this strikingly beautiful country.

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Windhoek
As the country’s economic and cultural capital, Windhoek is a completely modern city with a unique mixture of European and native cultures.  The elevation is 5,400 feet and provides consistently sunny, dry weather.  Most safaris typically begin and end in Windhoek.

Etosha National Park
The Etosha Pan is Namibia’s best known tourist destination.  The 6,500 square mile salt pan (ancient dry lake) has fantastic photographic opportunities with relatively high densities of mammals gathering at open waterholes.  Three hundred and forty bird species can be found in the park which is open year round.

Namib Desert
Home to a variety of unique, desert adapted animals such as the gemsbok, springbuck, ostrich, elephant and Hartman’s Mountain zebra.  Striking red sand forms dunes which can grow up to 1000 feet high.  This is also the location of Sossusvlei, an iconic pan providing excellent photographs of some of the world’s tallest dunes contrasting shadows in the late day sun. Hot air balloon safaris are also offered providing a breathtaking experience soaring silently above the desert.

Caprivi Strip
The Caprivi area divides Botswana from Angola and Zambia.  Mostly unpopulated with the exception of the native Bushmen (San), this remote area is best reached by air charter.  Its borders are formed by the Okavango, Kwando, Chobe and Zambezi Rivers and offers excellent game viewing, including the Big 5.  Because it is so well watered, the Caprivi is much more heavily vegetated than the rest of Namibia.

Skeleton Coast
Best viewed from the air in a private charter, the Skeleton Coast is a huge national park along the Atlantic Ocean.  The approximately 5,000,000 acre park derives its name from the many shipwrecks found along its shore.  Roaring dunes, clay castles and seal colonies are popular attractions in this unique wilderness.