Namibia Highlights


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General Information

Namibia, a large and sparsely populated country on Africa’s south-west coast, has enjoyed stability since gaining independence on 21 March 1990 after a long struggle against rule by South Africa. Namibia is the driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its economy relies on mining (diamonds, uranium, gold, silver and base metals) and tourism and agriculture.  During our first overland trip in 2010 the country’s unemployment rate was just under 30%. Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Despite the remote nature of much of the country, Namibia has seaports, airports, railways, highways and is trying to become a regional transportation hub for its landlocked neighbours.

Namibia offer first and foremost great wildlife and the deepest canyon in Africa. Explore one the oldest and one of the driest deserts in the world. For a predominately arid country, Namibia boasts one of the greatest wildlife populations in the world.  In the Etosha National Park, huge herds of springbok, gemsbok, zebra, and blue wildebeest, as well as smaller numbers of red hartebeest, Burchell’s zebra, elephants, lion, cheetah and the elusive leopard gather at waterholes and are spotted easily against the stark white background of the  immense salt pans. It is also one of the few countries where animals still roam freely mostly unrestricted by human influence or fences.