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Namibia is a vast country with a land area of 824 000 km2, bordered in the south by South Africa, in the north by Angola and Botswana in the east, while its coastline, where the Namib desert meets the Atlantic Ocean, forms the country’s natural border in the west. The Namib desert is the oldest desert in the world and is home to many unique species of fauna and flora, including the Welwitchia mirabilis, which only grows here, and can live up to two thousand years. The presence of the Kalahari desert along the country’s border with Botswana almost causes the country to be "sandwiched” between two deserts, while the central and northern parts of the country - consisting of grassland and greener vegetation - are in stark contrast to the aridity of the two deserts. These changing landscapes account for the multitude of activities that are on offer for visitors to the country, including hiking, hot-air ballooning, fishing, dune-boarding, hunting, game viewing and bird watching - to name but a few. The diversity of the Fish River Canyon, sand dunes of Sossusvlei and greener vegetation of the Caprivi also offers plenty of opportunity for both amateur and professional photographers alike to indulge in their passion.
As far as climatic conditions are concerned, they are as diverse as the landscape, depending on where you find yourself. In tandem with the fact that Namibia is home to one of the driest deserts in the world, its climate is also generally very dry and hot. The cold Benguela current causes the coastal areas to be cool, damp and rain-free for most of the year, while the interior of the country tends to get rain during summer (November to April). Daytime temperatures during the summer months, particularly January and February, which are the hottest, can exceed 40°C (104°F), but the nights are generally cool. Daytime temperatures during winter (June to August) may vary between 20°C to 25°C, although winter nights can be very cold, with temperatures dropping to below 0°C. Visitors to the country are advised to keep these factors in mind when preparing to visit Namibia.
Namibia has 23 Government parks and reserves, covering approximately 16.6% of the total land area, and 161 privately-owned game reserves. In addition to the 12 Government rest camps in these parks, which are managed by Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) www.nwr.com.na, the tourism infrastructure in the rest of the country is well-developed, offering visitors a choice of hotels, pensions, guest farms and resorts tailored to suit everybody’s needs and budget. Reservations can be made by visiting the website www.namibiareservations.com.
Regardless of whether one chooses to explore Namibia by means of a self-drive rented car, luxury coach or fly-in safari, no two days would be the same. What is more, the abundance of game in the Etosha National Park, exceptional beauty of the sand dunes of the Namib desert, grandeur of the Fish River Canyon and hospitality of the locals at the farm lodges are guaranteed to leave first-time visitors to the country wanting to return to Namibia again and again. For more additional information on tourism, visit the following websites: www.met.gov.na; www.namibiatourism.com.na and www.tournamibia.net.
Namibia’s unspoiled landscapes, faunas and floras make perfect setting for award-winning films, documentaries and professional photography.Here, you will find information regarding the processes involved in applying for filming permits, temporary work permits as well as obtaining a Visa. Reserve your location with the Namibia Film Commission at http://www.nfc.com.na/.