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Namibia

Although not as well known as some of its African neighbours, Namibia is a gem for those in search of wilderness. Namibia is a large, and sparsely populated country on Africa’s southwest coast. It is a peaceful country that is economically prosperous as a result of its productive mining, fishing, tourism and agricultural industries.

Essentially a desert country, Namibia offers contrasting landscapes. The desolate Namib Desert is said to be the oldest in the world, with its high dunes and awe-inspiring sense of space. The central plateau, with its thorn bush savannah and rugged mountains, rising abruptly from the plains, gives way to the majestic Fish river Canyon in the south. In the north of the country, landscapes range from dense bush and open plains of the great Etosha Pan, to woodland savannah and lush vegetation.

The Etosha National Park, the third largest in Africa, owes its unique landscape to the Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression of approximately 5,000 sq.km. A series of waterholes along the southern edge of the pan guarantee rewarding and often spectacular game viewing.

Germanic influence can still be found in many areas of Namibia especially in the architecture of the main cities – the capital Windhoek and the coastal city of Swakopmund. There is vast diversity of cultures living together in peace, including many indigenous peoples such as the Himba and Herero.

Namibia is a perfect choice for nature lovers and amateur photographers alike. In addition to game viewing, many adventure activities are available from scuba diving in spectacular caves, abseiling, hiking the numerous and varied trails throughout the country and fishing. For the less adventurous there is golf and fishing, and for those wanting less strenuous activities there are sandy beaches to relax on and star-gazing in the dunes.

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