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    Posted by Werner Smit February 4, 2014 - 7,931 views - 1 comment - 2 likes - #safari  #Namibia  #arid  #desert  #namib  #africa  #bushmen 

     

    Namibia is situated along the south eastern coast of the African continent and is truly a land of remarkable contrasts. The land surface is 824 269 square kilo meters and is nearly four times the size of Great Britain with an estimated population of only 2, 2 million people.

     

    The small population of Namibia is largely due to the fact that the country is the most arid country south of the Sahara. In some regions the annual rainfall can start from only 10mm and can go up to 700mm in the north east. The national average rainfall is 270 mm per year and most rain can be expected during the summer months of December and March.

     

    Namibia is a country with clear blue skies and a pleasant climate, with summer months being very hot and temperatures can reach more than 35°C and very common in the south and the north of the country. Winters are pleasant during day times, but temperatures can drop to below freezing in mid-winter and fog is also very common along the coastlines.

     

    The country’s landscape’s is an ever-changing kaleidoscope from the Namib dunes to the coast in the west, to teak woodlands and waterways in the northeast. An estimated 22% of Namibia’s surface is made up of the Kalahari Desert and the Namib Desert in the west.

     

    Windhoek is the capital city and tourists often visit the country for leisure and safari holidays. Popular towns to visit would be Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Luderitz and Mariental. There are a number of charming game lodges and safari parks to visit and Namibia has remarkable hospitality establishments and tour operators with very high international standards.

     

    The country itself is very tourist friendly and natural conservation is of high priority for the government, as it is one of the few countries in the world with conservation and environmental management mandated in its Constitution.

     

    The official language is English and all documents, notices and signs are in this language, while Afrikaans and German are also both widely used.

     

    Medical services are of a very high standard; however the availability of most services is restricted to the main towns. The north of Namibia is a malaria-endemic area and travellers are advised to have the necessary medications/prophylaxis and also use insect repellents and sprays. The general safety of tourists is also a very high priority for locals and government. Travellers should always be on the alert for handbag snatchers and pickpockets, especially in the towns. Tourists are always advised to leave passports, cameras and excess cash in a safe at their hotel. It is a very safe country with a very low crime rate, but basic common sense should be used when visiting towns and remote areas of the country.

     

    It is truly a must visit Southern African country with unspoilt nature and warm hospitality. Flights from Europe can be booked directly through its national airline with excellent service. Namibia is truly a country like no other in Africa and promise an unforgettable experience when visited.

     

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