Capital City: Windhoek
Visa Required for US Citizen: No
Highlights: highest sand dune in the world, culture, game viewing and very scenic, remote terrain. Great destination for couples and small groups. Best for travelers who have been to Africa before and are looking for a remote sense of adventure.
Although not as well known as some of its African neighbors, Namibia is a gem for those in search of a wilderness experience. Essentially a desert country, Namibia offers contrasting landscapes. The desolate Namib Desert is said to be the oldest in the world, with its high dunes and awe-inspiring sense of space. The central plateau, with its thorn bush savannah and rugged mountains, rising abruptly from the plains, gives way to the majestic Fish River Canyon in the south. In the north of the country, landscapes range from dense bush and open plains of the great Etosha Pan, to woodland savannah and lush vegetation. Highlights include the majestic dunes of the Sossusvlei, the wild Skeleton Coast with its history of treacherous shipwrecks, the remote areas of the Kaokaland and Damaraland and the haunting beauty of the Etosha National Park. Namibia is home to the elusive desert elephant, Himba peoples and a growing population of both black and white rhino.
EASILY combinable extensions might be: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe.
Namibia averages 300 days of sunshine a year! The climate is typical of a semi-desert country where droughts are a regular occurrence. September to April the day temperatures in the inland vary from approximately 50F to 95F, while the coastal regions may vary between 54F – 72F at night it may cool down considerably. During the winter months: May – August, day temperatures of 45F to 82F can be expected throughout. At the coast dry, hot east weather may occur at times in the winter months. Rainfall season occurs from October to April. Namibia is an all-year-round wilderness destination. There are certain seasons such as the months November to March for birding with the migratory birds visiting. December to May is good for botany, when the vegetation is green and when most plants are in flower.