With 250 000 inhabitants, Namibia's capital of Windhoek is the biggest city in Namibia and, in a way, the only city in the country. The attractive town lies at an altitude of 1650 metres in a beautiful valley bordered by the Eros Mountains in the north and the Auas mountains to the south. Towards the west stretches the Khomas Highland to the Namib and the coast.
The city is - for an African town - very clean and a bit provincial. But still one can find many buidlings in the Wilhelmian (Victorian) style of the era of German colonialism, which contribute to the charme of Namibia's capital.
The influence of German language and culture is noticeable in many ways.
Windhoek has an international airport 45 kilometres out of town and a broad spectrum of hotels and guesthouses , as well as car rentals.
The Sossusvlei is perhaps the highest sand dunes in the world. Situated in Namibia, these dunes are as high as 300 meters. The Sossusvlei cover a great expanse of almost 500 square kilometres of the mighty Namib Desert, which is considered to be one of the oldest deserts by many geologists.
The Sossusvlei may be known for its vast expanse of giant dunes, but what makes them even more impressive is their colour composition. The shades vary according to the age of the dunes, and the older the dune the brighter the sand's colour. These varying shades of red are the highlight of the Sossusvlei and they define the stark beauty of the Namib Desert.
The dunes that surround the clay pan and the pan itself are the pride of the Namib Desert and are a major tourist attraction.
Often described as being more German than Germany, Swakopmund is Namibia's most popular holiday destination, and it attracts surfers, anglers and beach-lovers from all over southern Africa. However, the seaside resort has recently reinvented itself as the adventure-sports capital of Namibia, and now also attracts adrenaline junkies jonesing for a quick fix. Whether you race through the sand sea in a quad bike, slide down the dunes on a greased-up snowboard, jump from a Cessna with a parachute strapped to your back or live out your Lawrence of Arabia fantasies on a camel safari, there's no shortage of gut-curdling activities to choose from.
Walvis Bay contains open spaces, scenic beauty and unique marine and plant life. It is well suited for the outdoor lifestyle, boasting sports such as sandboarding, kiting, surfing, swimming, angling, sailing, golf and other in- and outdoor sport codes.There is Walvis Bay Lagoon and Aquatic Activities.
Etosha, with its wealth of animals and plants alike, lies in the north of Namibia and covers an area of 22 270km² it is one of the largest game parks in Africa. The pans cover an area of some 5 140km²; the Etosha pan's size is 4 590km².
The word "Etosha" means huge, white area. There are five camps in the Park: Okaukuejo,Halali,Namutoni, Onkoshi and Dolomite Camp and outside the park you can find privates lodges.
During the drier months from June to November the water points exert a magnetic pull on the big game herds, and forms the centrepiece for visitors looking to see the nearly 150 mammal species to found in the park, including several rare and endangered species such as the Black Rhino, Black-faced Impala, Tssesebe and Gemsbok.
Namibia is a land of great contrasts andDamaraland demonstrates this with stark plains, petrified forests and ancient valleys leading to rocky outcrops and the soaring peaks of the Brandberg Massive Mountains.
The term Kalahari is a corruption of the word 'Kgalagadi', the name of a black tribe who inhabit Botswana. In the Setswana language the word means 'always dry', although the meaning of the word has been interpreted in a variety of other ways, such as 'wilderness', 'thirstland', 'the land that has dried up' or 'salt pans'.
This region is characterized by long sand dunes running in parallel rows, in a northwest-southeast direction, and rising in places some 15-30 m above the dune valleys or "streets" between them.
The Fish River canyon, situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River, is one of the most impressive natural beauties in the southern part of Namibia. With a depth of up to 550 metres, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. The enormous gorge meanders along a distance of approx. 160 kilometres through the fissured Koubis massif all the way down to Ai-Ais. The canyon starts near Seeheim. It is 161 kilometres long and ends at Ai-Ais.
The main attraction for tourists at Cape Cross is the seal colony and an interesting history of this place.
The first European landed on Namibian soil was Portuguese explorer Diogo Cao (1486) who erected the first stone cross in honour of King Johannes of Portugal. It was the tradition of the Portuguese to build a cross where ever they landed. These crosses had various functions: symbol of Christianity, documentation of the rights of possession and landmark for passing ships.
The Caprivi is a narrow strip of land in the far northeast of Namibia, about 400 kilometres long.
The Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia and the Chobe National Park in Botswana, both popular tourist destinations in the north, are now easily accessible.
The abundance of water in the Caprivi region supports huge herds of game. Particularly huge is the number of elephants, although one doesn't always see them in the dense vegetation. The animals are protected in the reserves Bwabwata, Mudumu and Mamili. There is no fencing anywhere and the animals can roam freely, also into the neighboring countries Botswana and Zambia. Ideal for game safaris is the Chobe National Park south of the Caprivi in Botswana.