Namibia is a desert country that is made vibrant by its unique cultures and ecosystems. The country’s fauna and flora, many of which are found no where else in the world, are some of the best desert survivalists on Earth. It’s seaside desert, with its towering sand dunes, and colonies of adaptable sea lions, is an expression of life and geology that can be found no where else. Namibia also has one of the lowest population densities in Africa, but despite this, it is home to many different peoples with unique art forms, beliefs, and life ways.

General Information

Type: Sovereign Nation (1990)
Region: Africa
Official Language: English
Recognized Languages: Afrikaans, German, Otjiherero, Khoekhoe, Oshiwambo, Kwangali, Setswana, Silozi
Population: 2.6 million (2017)
Capital: Windhoek
Currency: Namibian dollar
Outlets: Type D and M
Side of the Road: Left

Culture

Namibia is mostly known for its wildlife and dramatic ghost towns, but the cultural landscape of this south African country is intricate and unique. San people made their homes on this land for a long time, before people of different Bantu cultures moved south and settled in different parts of the country. Among the sweeping places that people now travel so far to see, new traditions arose and way-0f-life came to be that are found no where else in the world. Eventually, Europeans arrived as well, and the Namibia that we know now began to be shaped by the conflict and mixing peoples and customs.

Cultures: Ovambo, Kavango, Herero, Damara, European Namibians, Nama, Lozi, San, Tswana (Learn about Seven Namibian Cultures)
Food: Food in Namibia by Know Namibia

Nature

Highpoint: Brandberg Mountain by Country Highpoints
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 2 sites
National Parks: 16 National Parks by Namibia: Endless Horizons

Trip Logs

Part One: Camping in Namibia for Five Weeks: Epupa Falls and the Himba People

Part Two: Camping in Namibia for Five Weeks: Etosha and the Namib

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Travel Advisories and Visa Information

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From the US State Department