Namibia borders South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and the Atlantic Ocean. Formerly a colony of Germany, and then a province of South Africa after WWII, it gained independence in 1990.
Namibia - isolated, mysterious and stunningly beautiful! Climb the highest sand dunes and explore the oldest, driest desert in the world. Visit one of the richest rock art sites and watch wildlife in the national parks. Go dolphin spotting at Walvis Bay, meet with the Topnaar, one of the oldest Namibian inhabitants, and take a Balloon Safari over the amazing Sossusvlei sand dunes. Discover a new destination that's unforgettable!
Best time to visit: All year round but the best time for Game Safari is May to October.
A varied range of flavors and cultures contribute to the uniqueness of authentic Namibian cuisine. Influences range from German, Dutch and English cuisine to Namibian tribal cuisines. Try the Kalahari truffle, Swakopmund green asparagus, Luderitz Oysters, Omajowa mushroom, fish including horse mackerel; potjiekos - a spicy stew of meat, chicken and fish, venison - ostrich, springbok and gemsbok. Maize meal porridge or "pap" is a staple typically served with "Braai" - BBQ meats. Windhoek and Tafel lagers are very popular. Dining options in the capital range from French, Chinese, German and international cuisine to African restaurants.
Namibia is not the place to come to for nightlife. Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund offer a variety of activities after dark. Windhoek has the most to offer - cigar bars, jazz clubs, arty cafes, cinemas, theatres and clubs. Entertainment in Swakopmund ranges from the casino and many pubs and restaurants, to drama, music and cultural events.
Windhoek is the best place for fashionable stores and shopping malls the best of which is Post St Mall, besides the street markets. Buy Namibian diamonds and semi-precious stones, wood carvings, Herero dolls, Karosse rugs, and other regional treasures. Quality African art and crafts like sculptures, ceramics and baskets can be surprisingly expensive. Swakopmund also has plenty of gift shops for souvenirs. Pick up Swakopmunder leather shoes, most of which are made from kudu skins.
Most visitors enter Namibia at Hosea Kutako International Airport located 45km east of Windhoek. International flights arrive multiple times throughout the week from Johannesburg and Frankfurt via a number of carriers including Air Namibia. From India Ethiopian Airways provides the best shortest and quickest connection to Namibia.
If you are not on a tour where ground transportation is provided, the best way to see Namibia is by car. Self-driving is completely safe and recommended, it's not for everyone. You need to work in adequate time into your itinerary, not just for the actual drive, but also for stops along the way. Many major rental companies operate all throughout Namibia, including at Hosea Kutako airport: Avis, Budget, Imperial, Triple Three Car Hire.
Although temperatures may vary from region to region, in general days are hot and nights can be surprisingly cool. It's best to layer clothing. Cool, cotton fabrics are recommended for daytime, and a sweater or jacket in the evenings and mornings.
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