Namibia is situated in Southwestern Africa and shares borders with Botswana, Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. A stable, democratic government, and endless horizons that beckon you to explore, define this country and its people. The infrastructure in Namibia is excellent, among the best on the African continent, and the level of safari service is similar to that found in neighboring South Africa.
Summers are hot with daily highs of over 28°Celsius (82°F) between October and February; evenings are usually cooler. Winter days are milder, with maximum and minimum means of 20°C (69°F) and 6°C (43°F) in July, but early mornings and evenings are crisp with frost.
The country has many contrasting landscapes. Thorn-bush Savannah in the central highlands, dense bushveld, woodland Savannah’s and the endless plains of the Etosha Pan in the north, the majestic Fish River Canyon in the south, and finally the Namib, the world’s oldest living desert, in the west of the country, which borders on the Atlantic Ocean.
The population is 2.2 million with 240,000 inhabitants in the capital city Windhoek. The official language is English but has 13 ethnic cultures, 16 languages and dialects. Until WWI Namibia was a German protectorate and the German culture is still very evident there today.
Namibia welcomes safari hunters, photographers and fishermen who have a taste for the wild to come and experience the untamed, unspoiled and unforgettable wilderness. Discover the desolate beauty, the solitude, the brilliant sunshine and abundant wildlife, birds and fish, which Namibia has to offer. Wildlife habitat in Namibia consists of open plains country, semi desert, desert, mountains and acacia woodland. This habitat is interspaced with dry sand rivers that only run after exceptional rainfall. Water is obtained from dams, reservoirs and bore holes. In the Northeast this changes to flood plain, Riverene forest and Mopane woodland. There are large permanent rivers in this area including the Okavango, Chobe and Kwando.
Tribal hunting concessions are found in Damaraland and in Kavango and recently big game hunting concessions have been opened in the Caprivi Strip. These areas are rapidly becoming famous for elephant, leopard, and buffalo, as well as for a variety of antelope and other game in a pristine, wild setting. Safari hunting season is from 1st February through to 30th November each year.
Photographic safari opportunities in Namibia are unique. The desert areas of the Namib and Skeleton Coast are wild and beautiful. The Skeleton Coast is home to the rare desert elephant and black rhino while the Namib Desert is famous for its awe-inspiring sand dunes that constantly change color with the position of the sun. The coastal areas of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are special attractions with the Cape fur seal colonies and dolphins.
The Etosha pan in the north is a unique desert environment with thousands of animals coming daily to the waterholes creating unrivalled photographic occasions. For the more adventurous the beautiful Kunene River (the border between Namibia and Angola) is a must see destination, full of surprises such as the unique Himba people.
Black Wildebeest (White-Tailed Gnu)
Blue Wildebeest (Black-Tailed Gnu)
Southern Bush Duiker (Grey Duiker)
Southern Greater Kudu