Since gaining independence in 1991, Namibia has steadily developed its tourist industry. Visitors can expect good facilities in a safe environment and a warm welcome from the local people. Namibia boasts the ideal balance of culture, history and a wild natural beauty. Visitors can admire colonial architecture, comb secluded beaches and observe the abundant wildlife.
Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, has a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere and can be safely be navigated by foot. The Alte Feste Fort serves as a museum and provides detailed information about the country’s past. Swakopmund, a seaside town characterised by its old colonial buildings, enjoys a pleasant coastal setting and is a good base point for reaching the Skeleton coast.
Etosha National Park is Namibia’s main draw and it is the best place to witness elephants, giraffes and zebras in their natural surroundings. The Etosha Pan is the central plain and this is where the majority of the game lodges can be found. Lüderitz is a pearl on the south coast, boasting incredible scenery and home to a large colony of seals and flock of flamingos.
Namibia’s Fish River Canyon is the second largest in the world, after the Grand Canyon. Camping and lodging facilities can be found in Hobas, and it also the starting point for hiking trails. Namibia’s interior mainly consists of coarse desert, however the north east boasts expansive flood plains and is known for its fishing and game viewing.
Accommodation in Namibia ranges from luxury five-star resorts to country lodges and friendly guest houses. Namibia’s main international airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport; situated just outside Windhoek it receives direct flights from the UK and other European cities. There is a regular shuttle from the airport to the city centre, which takes 30 minutes.