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Namibia: a close encounter with nature

Namibia is a reflection of Africa that many people have in their minds when they thing about the continent. Pristine nature, desert landscapes, topographical diversity, rich fauna and flora, and interesting culture are only a few out of the myriad of elements that characterise this amazing country. If you dream about sleeping outdoors, strolls around the bush, and observing wild animals in their natural habitat, it will be an ideal place for you. Don't linger for too long and direct your steps to South West Africa. It’s here that you'll find one of the greatest jewels on the continent, the fascinating Namibia. 

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Windhoek, Namibia's capital, is one of the most eagerly visited cities in the country. Among its greatest attractions, you'll find the neo-Roman Christuskirche, Fort Alte Feste, and the National Art Gallery. The capital is also full of scenic parks, interesting museums (National Museum, the Owela Museum of Namibia), and restaurants with local cuisine. 

Practically in all parts of Namibia, you'll come across places and attractions that will surely enchant you. In the northern part of the country, you'll find, for example, Otjiwarongo, which has the only crocodile farm in Namibia. A real treats in the southern recesses are Keetmanshoop and one of world’s largest and most beautiful canyons - Fish River. 

Namibia / Sossusvlei Dunes / Photo by Sander Wehkamp on Unsplash

The western and eastern parts are treasure troves of attractions as well. Special attention should be paid to Swakopmund, a luxury seaside resort characterised by German colonial architecture. Moving slightly more towards the south, you'll come across the Whale Bay located on the border of the Namib. Another interesting place in the western part of the country is Sesriem Canyon located near a town of the same name. 

Namibia is a country full of scenic nature reserves and extensive national parks. Among the most beautiful ones, you'll surely find the Etosha National Park. In the park, you'll find diverse animal and plant species as well as tourist camps, such as Halali, Okaukuejo, or Namutomi with a 19th-century fort. If you aren't already satisfied with the plethora of attractions, you should direct your steps to the Palmwag Nature Reserve or the Kalahari Desert. 

Namibia: car rental

Residents and tourists can travel by buses, minibuses, trains, and taxis. Another option is renting a car at one of the car rental companies located at the airport or in major cities. Try to use the services of large and reliable companies - although their prices may seem slightly higher in comparison to the smaller car rental spots, they are considerably safer. The best choice will be a 4x4 off-road vehicle which will guarantee you a smooth travelling experience on gravel roads. 

Namibia / Windhoek / Photo by elvirahattingh1 on Pixabay

A great asset is Namibia's well-developed road infrastructure with paved roads and appropriate road signs. You should definitely stay watchful when moving at night as animals tend to casually cross the roads. In general, gravel roads have a high risk of accidents, not only due to animals, but also fractious motorists. Remember, that this country follows left-hand traffic. It's also worth bringing an International Driving Permit with you. 

Facts for safer driving in Namibia

drink drive limit
0.5
max speed urban
37 mph
max speed rural
75 mph
max speed highway
75 mph
headlights at daytime
on
fire extinguisher
no
tolls
no
seat belts
yes
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