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.
Etosha National Park
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Photos courtesy of: &Beyond, Abercrombie & Kent, Wilderness Safaris, and Namibia Tourism Board