Namibia is a beautiful paradise in Southern Africa known for the Namib Desert and a beautiful coastline along the Atlantic Coast. The country has plenty of wildlife (the world’s largest cheetah population), as well as the world’s highest sand dunes. An added benefit is that Namibia hasn’t been overrun by giant crowds of tourists just yet, so it can be a serene, peaceful getaway. To convince you this is the right destination for you, here are seven compelling reasons to visit Namibia soon.
1. The Namib Desert
Without a doubt, Namibia’s treasure is the Namib desert. This is thought to be the oldest desert in the world and has unforgettable terrain. It’s also home to a lot of wildlife – including some unique species – like the desert elephant. This desert has a diverse landscape as you cross it, and you’ll even see some greenery during the wet season.
Fun Fact: The 2015 movie Mad Max was filmed in the Namib desert.
2. The Wildlife
Africa has an abundance of fantastic wildlife, and Namibia is no exception. This country has over 80 large species of mammals, more than 600 bird species, and 240 species of reptiles. Namibia is home to more than half of the remaining black rhinos left in the world. The Cunene River, which runs through the country, also has a significant population of Nile crocodiles. And, if you visit Etosha National Park, you’ll see cheetahs, giraffes, hyenas, lions, elephants, and more. Some of the birds you may see include ostriches, penguins, and pelicans. If you’re an animal lover, you’ll absolutely love visiting here.
3. The Country’s Conservation Efforts
And, speaking of animals, there’s a reason Namibia is so full of wildlife. In fact, you don’t even necessarily have to visit a protected national park to come across a fascinating creature. You’ll often spot and come across wildlife as you drive around. All of that is thanks to Namibia’s serious conservation efforts.
After gaining its independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia became the first African country to incorporate environmental protection into its constitution. The government gave its rural communities the power to manage their own wildlife conservation programs. This approach has proven to be incredibly effective and has successfully restored populations of cheetahs, lions, black rhinos, zebras, and more.
If you’re an ethical traveler, you’ll feel great about visiting and supporting a country so dedicating to environmental conservation.
4. You Can Go Whale Watching
Okay, if the wildlife isn’t enough for you, there’s also whale watching along the Namibia coastline. The city of Walvis Bay is particularly known for its amazing marine life. Along with whale watching, you can see penguins, seals, dolphins, and Mola Molas.
Walvis Bay is also a popular destination for many tourists because it’s a wealthier part of the country. You can find higher-end accommodations and restaurants in Walvis, making it a relaxing and indulgent stop for the end of your holiday.
5. It’s An English Speaking Country
Many travelers hesitate to explore parts of Africa because they’re concerned that they’ll have trouble communicating and getting around. One of the clear benefits of visiting Namibia is that English is the official language. Unless you’re in an extremely rural area, everyone you meet can speak English. Even the road signs and menus are in English. There are other common languages in Namibia (Afrikaans, German, and more), but generally, English speakers won’t have a problem.
6. It’s Safe
Safety comes to mind whenever you visit a new region of the world. Of course, you want to travel without too much fear of your safety being at risk. Luckily, Namibia is a very safe and politically stable country, and it’s considered to be one of the safest countries in Africa.
Since getting its independence from South Africa, Namibia has seen political stability and good governance. The country has seen enormous improvements in infrastructure and education. Namibia has the third-highest literacy rate of all African countries. Overall, tourists should feel comfortable coming here.
7. The Iconic Tribes and Culture
Namibia has a rich cultural history and a lot of it remains to this day for you to take in. People love learning about, and interacting with, the tribes throughout the country. One of the most famous tribes is the Himba people who live in Northern Namibia. With a population of approximately 50,000, these people still maintain their old traditions to this day. The women dye their hair and skin in a clay that gives them a bright, reddish hue. They’re also typically adorned with intricate traditional jewelry pieces.
If you take the time to travel to the remote area of Kaokaland, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with various Namibian tribes.
Have we convinced you that Namibia should be your next destination?