Namibia is a vast country set between two deserts, with one of the world's lowest density populations. Nothing can prepare you for the sense of unconfined space and awe-inspiring scenery. Namibia is like nowhere else in sub Saharan Africa with unique mammals that have adapted to this harsh environment, including the rare desert elephant and black rhino.
In Namibia you will find the world's highest sand dune, the second largest canyon, ancient San paintings, petrified forests, lunar landscapes and nomadic tribes such as the Himba. It is an immense, wilderness, with haunting landscapes such as the Skeleton Coast where seal colonies can be found, and seaside towns whose Bavarian feel is a throw back to the Germanic influences of colonial times.
Namibia is truly unique, influenced by various cultures during colonization and now reborn from the shadows of Apartheid in 1990. What has emerged is a true sense of unity in diversity, the coming together of at least 11 major ethnic groups, each celebrating their past while working together toward the future. You will notice this in dress, language, art, music, sport, food and religion. There exists a wonderful collage, but first and foremost, Namibians are proud to be Namibian. And for good reason.
Windhoek is Namibia's capital city and commercial centre, being the location of Namibia's only international airport. With a population of just a quarter of a million Windhoek is a clean and pleasant city which is just a ten minute drive from the open plains of the wilderness. The city is a mixture of the modern and the historic, with much of the older architecture having Dutch and German influences. The city is well worth a visit at the beginning, or end of your safari adventure.