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Namibia - one of the most beautiful countries in Africa
The greatest landscape adventure of Southern Africa
Namibia Culture & Nature Safari
Kalahari bushmen, Etosha NP, Himba people, Swakopmund, seals, dolphins and giant sand dunes
Jun 10 - Jun 23
2014
Logistics
On JUN 10, you are welcome to arrive on any flight you choose. You will be picked up and transferred to our accommodation.

On JUN 22, please DO NOT book any flight that departs before 2 PM.
Visas
Several foreign passport holders can enter Namibia without a pre-issued visa. Several citizens can buy their visas upon arrival at the airport, but please check appropriately with your own government or the nearest Namibian Embassy. If you need a pre-paid visa, you will need a letter of invitation from us, which we will provide on time. Visa fees depend on your nationality.
Travel Documents
It is your responsibility to ensure that passports, visas, travel permits, health certificates, inoculations, international driving license, or other documentation required for travel before, during, and after the tour, are obtained and in order prior to date of departure. It is your responsibility to meet any additional costs incurred either by yourself, or by Wildlife and Nature Travel and/or its affiliates on your behalf, as a result of any failure by you to comply with such requirements
Language
The official language of Namibia is English. Our official trip leading language is going to be English, as well.
Currency Exchange
ATMs can be found extensively, and credit card is accepted in most hotels and restaurants. In rural villages, however, cash is the only accepted form of currency. Approximate exchange rate between the US Dollar and the Namibian Dollar is 1=8. It is recommended to travel with a variety of denominations, especially smaller bills, because change is often a problem. Consider investing into a money belt, and divide money into separate compartments. Do not pack your all of your money in one location.
Luggage And Insurance
Insurance - TRAVEL INSURANCE WITH A $100,000 MEDICAL EVACUATION POLICY IS REQUIRED FOR ALL WANT EXPEDITIONS EXCURSIONS. You will be required to provide your policy information 90 days prior to departure.

Luggage - In general, two smaller bags are recommended, rather that one large piece of luggage. When transiting through all airports, it is advised to not let anyone help carry/porter your luggage. This will help to minimize theft, as well as, discourage locals from pleading for tips. On most flights around the world, WE WILL BE LIMITED TO 25 KG OF LUGGAGE PER PERSON.
Climate
Namibia has more than 300 days of sunshine per year. It is situated at the southern edge of the tropics; the Tropic of Capricorn cuts the country about in half. The winter (June – August) is generally dry, both rainy seasons occur in summer, the small rainy season between September and November, the big one between February and April. Humidity is low, and average rainfall varies from almost zero in the coastal desert to more than 600 mm in the Caprivi Strip. Rainfall is however highly variable, and droughts are common. The last bad rainy season with rainfall far below the annual average occurred in summer 2006/07.
Weather and climate in the coastal area are dominated by the cold, north-flowing Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean which accounts for very low precipitation (50 mm per year or less), frequent dense fog, and overall lower temperatures than in the rest of the country. In Winter, occasionally a condition known as Bergwind or Oosweer occurs, a hot dry wind blowing from the inland to the coast. As the area behind the coast is a desert, these winds can develop into sand storms with sand deposits in the Atlantic Ocean visible on satellite images. The Central Plateau and Kalahari areas have wide diurnal temperature ranges of up to 30C.
Wildlife
Namibia is one of few countries in the world to specifically address conservation and protection of natural resources in its constitution. Article 95 states, “The State shall actively promote and maintain the welfare of the people by adopting international policies aimed at the following: maintenance of ecosystems, essential ecological processes, and biological diversity of Namibia, and utilization of living natural resources on a sustainable basis for the benefit of all Namibians, both present and future.”

In 1993, the newly formed government of Namibia received funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Living in a Finite Environment (LIFE) Project. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism with the financial support from organizations such as USAID, Endangered Wildlife Trust, WWF, and Canadian Ambassador’s Fund, together form a Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) support structure. The main goal of this project is promote sustainable natural resource management by giving local communities rights to wildlife management and tourism.
Geography
At 825,418 km2 (318,696 sq mi), Namibia is the world's thirty-fourth largest country (after Venezuela). It lies mostly between latitudes 17 and 29S (a small area is north of 17), and longitudes 11 and 26E.

Namibia is divided into 13 regions and subdivided into 107 constituencies. The administrative division of Namibia is tabled by Delimitation Commissions and accepted or declined by the National Assembly. Since state foundation three Delimitation Commissions have been formed, the last one in 2002 under the chairmanship of Peter Shivute. Regional councillors are directly elected through secret ballots (regional elections) by the inhabitants of their constituencies.

The Namibian landscape consists generally of five geographical areas, each with characteristic abiotic conditions and vegetation with some variation within and overlap between them: the Central Plateau, the Namib Desert, the Great Escarpment, the Bushveld, and the Kalahari Desert.
History
Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek. Namibia is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations.
The dry lands of Namibia were inhabited since early times by Bushmen, Damara, and Namaqua, and since about the 14th century AD by immigrating Bantu who came with the Bantu expansion. It became a German Imperial protectorate in 1884 and remained a German colony until the end of World War I. In 1920, the League of Nations mandated the country to South Africa, which imposed its laws and, from 1948, its apartheid policy.
In 1966, uprisings and demands by African leaders led the UN to assume direct responsibility over the territory. It recognized the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) as the official representative of the Namibian people in 1973. Namibia, however, remained under South African administration during this time. Following internal violence, South Africa installed an interim administration in Namibia in 1985. Namibia obtained full independence from South Africa in 1990, with the exception of Walvis Bay and the Penguin Islands, which remained under South African control until 1994.
Namibia has a population of 2.1 million people and a stable multi-party parliamentary democracy. Agriculture, herding, tourism and the mining industry – including mining for gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, and base metals form the backbone of Namibia's economy. After Mongolia it is the second least densely populated country in the world. Approximately half the population live below the international poverty line.