Sossusvlei dunes © Judith Duk
A holiday in Namibia is the opportunity of a lifetime to experience the beauty of a pristine natural environment teeming with wildlife. Since Namibia has one of the most uninviting and desolate coastlines in the world, it was neglected by early European explorers such as the Portuguese.
They limited their activities to setting up navigational cross along the desert shoreline. Today, visitors have discovered the vast potential of a country rich in natural resources, with desert landscapes, sunshine, wildlife, and a stark barren beauty.
It was only during the second half of the 19th century that the race for colonies among the world powers began, with Germany establishing a reign of terror. In 1904, a major uprising by the Herero and Nama people resulted in mass genocide by the colonialists.
Today, the total population reaches just over two million and consists of 11 main ethnic groups, while the influence of German colonisation is still evident in architecture, food, and language, particularly in the capital city of Windhoek.
Namibia has diverse natural habitats, from its rugged coastline and the Skeleton Coast to the endless stretch of undulating ochre-coloured sand dunes at Sossusvlei. The impressive gorge of the Fish River Canyon winds through arid terrain, while the vast saltpan of Etosha National Park exists as one of the world's greatest wildlife viewing destinations.
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Phoebe is a farm girl from the UK who, armed with a Geography degree, set off a few years ago to develop a career and discover the world. She first visited Namibia to assist with a research project, and fell immediately in love with this beautiful country. She now lives in Johannesburg and works as a safari guide in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.
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