A Land of endless Horizons – a starkly beautiful and sparsely populated country, Namibia is a world leader in conservation with over 40% of its area under conservation management. In fact, Namibia was the first African country to include protection of the environment in its constitution.
A photographers dream, Namibia is a land of landscapes, stunning wildlife, fascinating cultures, quirky seaside towns, sparse deserts and rugged mountains. Wedged between the Kalahari sand basin, the largest stretch of stand on the African continent, and the Atlantic ocean, Namibia boasts the highest sand dunes in the world.
Top places to visit in Namibia:
Namib-Naukluft National Park - oldest desert in the world
Sossusvlei - The entrance gate to the most famous part of the Dune Namib
Etosha National Park - greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia
Skeleton Coast National Park - shipwrecks, seal colonies and complete isolation
Damaraland - stunningly beautiful scenery
Fish River Canyon - second largest canyon in the world
Swakopmund - coastal holiday town with gorgeous German colonial architecture
Windhoek - bustling, cosmopolitan city
Partially covered by the Namib Desert, one of the world's driest deserts, Namibia's climate is generally very dry and pleasant. The cold Benguela current keeps the coast cool, damp and free of rain for most of the year. Inland, all the rain falls in summer (November to April). January and February are hot, when daytime temperatures in the interior can exceed 40ºC (104ºF), but nights are usually cool. Winter nights can be fairly cold, but days are generally warm and quite nice.
High season - from July to October. Accommodation is at a premium at this time as most camps/lodges have less than 10 rooms. It is essential to book well in advance.
Shoulder season - April, May and June. This is also a ‘busy time’ in Namibia’s national parks and reserves.
Green/Low Season - from November to April is a less popular time to visit due to the rains that cause the wildlife to spread out. It is however a lovely time of the year to visit as the landscape greens up and many of the antelopes have their young. With that said, the rain causes some roads and areas to be inaccessible.
The warmest months are October to January, with an average daily high temperature above 30°C. The coldest months are June and July, with an average daily high temperature below 22°C.