Namibia is situated in the Southwestern corner of Africa on the Atlantic coast. It shares borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east, and South Africa to the south. The country gained independence from South Africa’s then apartheid regime in 1990. Namibia is a country of breathtaking contrasts, vast, rugged and unspoiled. Internationally Namibia is well known for its swirling golden dunes, shimmering ocean, pristine landscapes and abundant wild life. Along the Namibian coast lies the Namib Desert, a breathtakingly barren yet captivating sand landscape. The hot desert coast meets the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean often causing a blanket of fog. Unlike the east coast, the north of Namibia is rich in vegetation and fertile with a number of flowing rivers. Two of these, the Zambezi and the Okavango, rank among the great rivers of Africa. The strip is also the site of several game parks, which while not offering such an abundance of wildlife certainly provide spectacular scenery and relative solitude.
Namibia has several notable deserts, most particularly the Namib Desert, stretching some 1,572km of coastline. There are several national parks along the Namib Desert, the largest of which is in the south, called Namib-Naukluft Park. This section of the Namib Desert contains the Sossusvlei Sand Dunes, the largest sand dunes in the world. Dune 7, at approximately 383 meters is the highest sand dune in the world. By comparison, Arabian sand dunes are over 100 meters lower than this. Namibia’s center is occupied by a high escarpment plain. Windhoek, the capital and the only city of any size, is located smack dab in the middle of the country. Walvis Bay is the country’s industrial hub and main port. This vibrant harbor city is linked with the rest of Southern Africa via the Trans-Caprivi, Trans-Kunene and Trans-Kalahari highways. This expanded transport network makes Walvis Bay the import and export gateway for Southern Africa.
Amidst this seemingly untamed and wild African country, lies a country that is governed by a peaceful, stable and vibrant society. Namibia boasts with modern facilities, clean towns and a well-developed infrastructure. With more than 13 ethnic groups and languages, Namibia is a success story in a continent that is viewed with skepticism. It is here that you discover the beauty, diversity, remoteness and the wonder of Africa at its best.