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Namibia

Namibia is located in South-West Africa. Namibia borders the southern Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and South Africa. Namibia shares further borders with Botswana and Zambia. The area of ​​Namibia is 825 418 square kilometres. Namibia is thus about 20 times larger than the Netherlands.

Namibia consists of three landscapes; firstly, the coastal Namib Desert, second in the inland of a north-south running, elongated plateau with peaks of over two thousand meters. The highest peaks of Namibia are located in the centre of the plateau, with peaks in the Auasberge (2484 meters) and Fire Mountain (2610 meters). Lastly, there is the east from the plateau with a gradually descending desert foothill of the Kalahari Desert.

Except along the long Atlantic coastline to the west there is not much water in Namibia. Most rivers flow towards the ocean, a part of the year are dry and sometimes do not reach the sea. Major rivers or streams throughout the year, is the Kunene, along the Angolan border, and the Orange River which forms the border with South Africa. A tributary of the Orange River, the Nossob, is the most important in the country.

Namibia has mainly a desert climate. The whole country is very dry. In the southern coastal region there is no more than 150 millimetres of rain per year. Between January and April there is the most rain. Since Namibia is situated in the southern hemisphere, December is the hottest month. On average it is over thirty degrees in the country, with peaks at 45 degrees in the Kalahari and the Namib Desert. At night it can also freeze it in the desert.

In the southern savannahs and semi-deserts live a lot of animals. Giraffes, Oryx, elephants, lions, zebras and cheetahs you can find here, among others. There are many wildlife parks in Namibia. The Namibian government wants to run the parks as much as possible into each other, by increasing wildlife corridors.

Namibia Attractions:

Windhoek
The capital Windhoek is not only the geographical heart of Namibia, but also the cultural centre. All the different cultures that can be found in the country, you will encounter in Windhoek. Diversity is the key if you walk through the streets of these 240 000 inhabitants.

Etosha National Park
One of the most beautiful wildlife parks of Africa is in Namibia: Etosha National Park. The design of the park is perfect for viewing the annular wildlife up close, because there are plenty of open spaces and numerous waterholes. Rhinos, leopards. Giraffes, lions, buffaloes and antelopes will ensure that you will experience an unforgettable adventure.

Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon after The Grand Canyon is the largest carved valley in the world. The view is very spectacular and you can take beautiful walks. From the Fish River Canyon, you can see the Orange River, which is just as beautiful.

Namib-Naukluft National Park
The Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world and perhaps the most varied. Besides innumerable grains of sand you will find several types of dunes and rocks. This makes it extra nice to walk there or to go sandboarding. If you want to stay there it can also be arranged! Halfway through the Namib-Naukluft National Park the desert between the beautiful red sand dunes a special part of this national park can be found in: Sossusvlei. Here water flows very rarely into this area as stands of trees grow. There are photogenic dead trees in places where no water arrives.

Swakopmund
Would you like to relax after your right through the Namib Desert? Then Swakopmund is the ideal city. They do everything to the tourists liking, so there is plenty to do in the cultural field, such as museums. Snuggle up on the beach is also a good option, because the sun shines almost always.

Skeleton Coast Park
It sounds a little creepy, but it is not so bad. Skeleton Coast Park is another adventure. You'll find shipwrecks from hundreds of years ago along the rugged coastline of Namibia. Throughout the centuries there have been many ships wrecked here.