“Namibia is not just another country, it truly feels like another planet with vast open spaces, dramatic scenery and diversity like no other.”
Welcome to the land of superlatives! Namibia awaits with iconic landmarks around every corner: the oldest desert, the highest sand dune and the second largest canyon in the world. The Namib Desert is the most distinctive landscape that comes to mind when thinking about Namibia. A barren desert that runs the length of the country determined only by the crushing waves of the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast.
Divided by rugged mountain ranges, the central plateau is where the majority of the vibrant cities and towns are located – bursting with traditional German architecture as well as the local African cultures that have roamed and shaped the country’s history. Even the Kalahari Desert, with its sparse vegetation and remote wilderness, stretches into the country and in the north, the Kavango and Caprivi give away the feel of a tropical paradise with lush rivers, magical forests and remote woodland savannahs. Safe to say that Namibia captivates you the minute you set foot into this wild and wonderful country!
What truly sets Namibia apart: 42% of the country is under conservation management – nowhere else in the world can you find this kind of wildlife protection and commitment to the greater cause!
- Population of 2.3 million, one of the least populated countries on Earth
- Situated on the southwest coast of Africa
- Namibia covers over 824 000 square km’s
- The Namibian Dollar (N$) is equal value to the South African Rand
- Official language is English however many other languages are widely spoken – especially German
- Capital of Namibia is Windhoek
- Namibia is considered to have a high state of peace according to the Global Peace Index
- 1570km of coastline
Where to go
Northern Namibia: Remote wilderness and desert adapted animals of Damaraland and the Kaokoveld, as well as BIG4 of the Etosha Pan.
Southern Namibia: Spectacular scenery of Namibia’s Fish River Canyon, Skeleton Coast, Namib Desert and Sossusvlei. Highest sand dunes in the world!
Why we like it
- World class scenery that really creates a photographic wonderland
- Offers immense diversity with adventures to be found around every corner
- Largely untouched landscapes with little to no people around
- A very unique and interesting history with a large German influence
- Excellent facilities and infrastructure making travelling easy and safe
When to Go
The short answer is: anytime! Namibia truly is a year round destination with less extreme seasonal changes to other Southern African countries. It is considered one of the driest and sunniest countries in the world with over 300 days of sunshine a year. Deciding on when to visit will depend on personal preferences and interests.
Wet Season (November to April)
The wet season is a special time in Namibia as there is more colour and life about although it can be quite warm during the day (exceeding 40 degrees Celsius), especially between November and February. It is a great time to go if you are a birdwatcher, as it is the season of breeding so there are plenty of spectacular birds around. It is also the season of breeding for the wildlife so expect lots of adorable offspring. The rain is short lived with spectacular thunderstorms, it makes for the most dramatic photography. During the wet season there are less tourists providing more intimate experiences for travellers. Dry Season (May to October)
Dry season (May to October)
A popular time to visit Namibia for good reason, beautiful warm days with clear skies and cold nights filled with star gazing. It is the optimal time for game viewing as there are a high concentration of wildlife at the waterholes especially between June and October when there is limited vegetation.
Read more about best seasons to travel to different regions in Africa.
More about when to travel
A great time to visit Namibia is between March and May as it is a moderate temperature with warm days and chilly nights. Little to no rain falls during this period offering beautiful clear skies. It is also still quite green and there are plenty of birds around.
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