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Namibia Biography

Namibia is situated along the south-western coast of the African continent. It is a land of remarkable contrasts! It has a land surface of 824,269 square km – nearly four times the size of the UK. The landscape is dominated by the oldest desert in the world – the Namib (after which the country is named), and its sea of red sand lies along the Atlantic coastline. In the eastern interior lies the Kalahari, a vast and sparsely vegetated savannah that sprawls across the border into neighbouring countries. The surrounding safari areas are dry and visually impressive, with fascinating flora and interesting geological formations to be seen. Namibia is bordered by Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south.

Namibia is a land of clear blue skies and pleasant climate. Summer months are hot with temperatures of 35˚C or higher. Winter days are pleasant although can drop to below freezing in mid-winter.

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Namibia

History and Background

Despite its size, Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Africa. It has an estimated population of 2.2million people. The small population is largely due to the fact that Namibia is the most arid country south of the Sahara.

Colonised by Germany in 1884, Namibia was administered by South Africa from 1917 to 1990. Namibia became independent on 21 March 1990, and Walvis Bay enclave was re-integrated on 1March 1994.

Namibia’s people are diverse. The Himba are probably the best known ethnic group in Namibia. The Himba men are tall in stature, resembling the Masai of East Africa, while the women cover their bodies in red ochre. However, this tribe makes up just one per cent of Namibia’s culturally diverse population.

A large proportion of the population are the Owambo, followed by a smaller proportion of Kavango, Damara, Herero, San Bushmen, Topnaar and Tswana.

Around 12.5% of the population are White Namibians or mixed race, mostly of Afrikaaner or German descent.

All the cultural influences through history have added to the unique atmosphere of Namibia, with Germany, Great Britain and South Africa all having governed the territory, but it was with the eventual independence of Namibia that the country was able to develop its multi-cultural character and reinvent itself. There is a colourful and uniquely rich African vigour that now freely blends in with European influences transcending through to architecture, food, customs and art – all merging to create a distinctive Namibian character.

The history of Namibia has proved to be of popular interest for many travellers to Africa, attracting many tourists to this expansive country to experience some of the great history Namibia has to offer with its magnificent landscapes.

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Adventures in Namibia

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Namibia Highlights

Namibia has been referred to as “the land between two deserts.” This safari includes visits to both the Namib and Kalahari Deserts. In addition to viewing game in wilderness areas,…
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Boulders Safari Camp

Situated 45 kilometres south of Wolwedans, deep in the south of the Namib Desert and hugged by massive granite rocks, Boulders provides the ultimate desert experience – solitude perfected. Opened…
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Mowani Mountain Camp

From the moment you arrive at Mowani, you will be spoiled with the services and attention of their excellent staff, who will go out of their way to make your…
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Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa

Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa is located only 21 km from Sesriem, the entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park and Sossusvlei. The lodge is a harmonious blend of…
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Eagle Tented Lodge & Spa

Eagle Tented Lodge lies not far from the Etosha National Park. The Park’s definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5000 sq km which for…
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Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

The Kalahari Desert in Namibia or Dorsland in Afrikaans is the second largest desert in Namibia after the Namib. The Kalahari is not a true desert as it supports a…
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This was our first trip to Southern Africa and our first safari and we can't wait to go again. From the outset Sylvia was incredibly helpful understanding exactly what we wanted from the trip and using her vast local knowledge and experience to tailor the holiday perfectly. The choice is overwhelming and having the benefit of someone to guide you through the options and suggest places to stay and visit was such a help. Sylvia also worked closely with a travel agent to match the internal and international flights to the places we wanted to stay and maximise the time available on our trip. Having all the transfers arranged by Sylvia also took a lot of hassle out of moving between locations. The trip was amazing from the hospitality and drives around the reserve at Tanda Tula, getting up close to wonderful wildlife to the incredible welcome at the stunning River Club in Zambia and a walking safari with rhinos. I would totally recommend using Sylvia and Africabound Adventures to organise your holiday.

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South Africa & Zambia

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We travelled to three separate locations, staying in four beautiful venues; initially in Zambia at Sindabezi and Tongabezi, then moving onto Mfuwe for a stay at Nkwali Lodge - the safari part of our holiday and finally flying to Malawi and the paradise which is Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island. We can neither praise nor thank Sylvia enough for all the care and attention she gave us. As an example, whilst in Zambia we discovered on New Year’s Eve that we’d left one of our internal flight e-tickets at home. We phoned Sylvia in a panic and by the time we’d reached our next destination, our onward bound ticket was waiting for us at the reception. Not a service which would have been available from a high street tour operator I suspect! Tim had wanted to give me a trip of a lifetime and thanks to Sylvia he was able to do so. We will never forget our time in Africa and can’t wait to return. Thank you again Sylvia – it was absolutely wonderful!

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Zambia & Malawi

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We had a great time in Livingstone. The lodge was great - you need to have a love for nature to stay here. The rooms were quite open, overlooking the river therefore you were likely to get a few wasps, bugs etc. fly into your room. However the mosquito netting over the beds avoided one being bitten at night. The manager at the lodge was helpful – however I would recommend that anyone who travels to the Victoria Falls should book their activities directly from the individual activity centres. Other than that had we had great time!

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Zambia

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