21 Facts you didn’t know about Namibia

When travelling to a country for the first (or maybe second, third or whatever) time, one usually wants to know what this place is special for.

Namibia is a country that has a lot to offer. Have a look to some quite surprising, amazing and informative facts you most likely did not know about yet.

If you are a real Namibia enthusiast – try to check your knowledge and get inspired to discover new things and places to visit.

With the wonderful details collected by “The Travel Bible”, we would like to give you an idea of how special Namibia is.

Courtesy to “The Travel Bible” – Thank you!

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21 Facts about Namibia – Natural wonders and its with flora and fauna

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The oldest desert of the world

One of the oldest deserts around the world, the Namib Desert, is based in Namibia. It is said to be between 55 million and 80 million years old.

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The second-largest canyon of the world

You can find the second-largest canyon in Namibia – the Fish River Canyon. Travelling to the south of the country, you will be able to explore this beautiful monument.

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A giant coast of death

The whale and seal bones once to be found on the shore have led to the scary name “Skeleton Coast”. In addition the countless shipwrecks, caused by invisible rocks and fog, assured the region stretching from Swakopmund to the Angolan border to be correctly named.

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Elephants in the desert

You will find desert-adapted elephants in only two countries across the world: Namibia and Mongolia. Visit them and learn about their evolved behavior which allow them to survive in the arid environment. It’s amazing!

Breitmaulnashörnern schubbert sich an einem Felsen

Free-roaming black rhinos

Namibia has a high level of biodiversity and is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Even though they are highly endangered, you can still find the largest free-roaming population of black rhinos.

Etosha Pfanne Aussichtspunkt

A salt pan visible from space

If you travel to space you can see one of Namibia’s famous places: the salt pan located in the Etosha National Park. It is one of Africa’s major wildlife sanctuaries, famous for its gigantic salt pan.

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About 250 specimens of Aloe dichotoma at one spot

The Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop consists of about 250 specimens of Aloe dichotoma, a type of aloe that is endemic to the southern African region.

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Fascinating mountain scenery

If you like bald granite peaks or inselbergs, a must visit place is Spitzkoppe. It sometimes is even referred to as the “Matterhorn of Namibia”, located in the Namib Desert.

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From the desert to rich water landscapes

The Caprivi Strip, a narrow extension of land in the northeast of Namibia, provides vital access to the Zambezi River and several of Africa’s national parks across neighboring countries.

Hungry for your next trip? – check some of our trip proposals!

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Exclusive Safari: Skeleton Coast and Etosha

14 Day(s) 13 Night(s)
15

14 days exclusive camping / lodging trip to the restricted area in the northern Skeleton Coast and Etosha National Park.
Destinations: Windhoek, Twyfelfontein, Purros, Skeleton Coast, Kunene, Opuwo and Etosha South

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Exploring cultures in north-west Namibia

19 Day(s) 18 Night(s)
15

Exploring cultures in north-west Namibia – an unforgettable trip trough different landscapes and wildlife. This trip being enjoyed in the same manner as the local people would do – camping. This trip offers a good mixture in between classic Namibian travel destinations as well as the chance to discover the beauty of the bush in silence and peace.
Destinations: Spitzkoppe, Damaraland, Kaokoland, Etosha

Omeya Golf Club - sunset view
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Golf Tour Namibia

10 Day(s) 9 Night(s)
No Size Limit

Have you ever considered Namibia as your next golf vacation destination? If not, you SHOULD – and here is why. During the next few weeks, we will share the top eight golf courses Namibia has to offer, including must do attractions in each location.
Golf Tour Namibia: 10 days lodging group trip through some top spots of Namibia including your special Golfing experience!

Swakopmund sea fishing
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Luxury Fishing Adventure

8 Day(s) 7 Night(s)
10

You like fishing? What about fishing in Namibia?
Get yourself ready for some real big fish!
Enter the rough shores of the Namibian Skeleton Coast and enjoy a very special fishing experience. Rounded up with all enjoyments of a luxury lodge at nights.
Namibia Luxury Fishing Adventure: 8 Days group trip around Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Henties Bay full of fishing fun.

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Namibia and Botswana Wildlife Adventures

19 Day(s) 18 Night(s)
15

18 days camping safari through Namibia and Botswana packed with wildlife adventures.
This trip combines popular places and national parks in Botswana and Namibia with gorgeous spots in highly off grid bush areas. 
Destinations: Windhoek, Ghanzi, Maun, Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti – Chobe National Park, Chobe River Front, Kasane Forest Reserve, Kwando River, Divundu, Khaudum National Park and Kalahari North

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Namibia Camping Adventure

14 Day(s) 13 Night(s)
20

Namibia Camping Adventure – get the real Namibian feeling
14 days lodging group trip to must see spots in central Namibia.
Destinations: Windhoek, Kalahari North, Kalahari Namibia, Sesriem, Sossousvlei, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Etosha South and Otjiwarongo.

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Namibia Highlights – a Dozen Days in Paradise

12 Day(s) 11 Night(s)
20

Namibia Highlights – a Dozen Days in Paradise
12 days lodging group trip through to the top spots in central Namibia.
Destinations: Windhoek, Kalahari North, Kalahari Namibia, Naukluft Mountains, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein and Etosha South.

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Namibia safari best-of and wildlife adventure

13 Day(s) 12 Night(s)
15

13 days camping or lodging trip through most of the must-see spots of Namibia.
Destinations: Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Etosha South, Etosha East, Bushmanland and Kalahari North

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Namibia self drive adventure

14 Day(s) 13 Night(s)
9

14 days camping or lodging trip through Namibias top spots in central Namibia – specially dedicated for self drive travelling.
Destinations: Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Brandberg, Damaraland, Etosha South, Otjiwarongo and Kalahari North.

21 Facts about Namibia – Rich cultural heritage

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Red hair and skin – a tradition kept for centuries

You will find a very special indigenous group of semi-nomadic herders, The Himba. They apply a red ochre and fat mixture (otjize) to their hair and skin. This makes their culture absolutely unique in the world.

colonial building in Swakopmund

A piece of colonial history, still living today

If travelling from Germany to Namibia, you might be happy to realize German being widely spoken. Being called German South West Africa  during its past as a German colony from 1884 until the end of World War I, Namibia has kept the language.

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6000 year old engravings

Namibia is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site: the Twyfelfontein area. Here you will encounter some of the largest concentrations of rock engravings in Africa. It is identified that some of the carvings date back to 6,000 years.

tropic of Capricorn - official sign in Namibia

The southern boundary of the tropics

The Tropic of Capricorn crosses through Namibia, making it one of the countries situated on this imaginary line that marks the southern boundary of the tropics.

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Withe Lady at the highest mountain

With around 2000 years of age, the famous “White Lady” rock painting is a very special place to explore. You will find it at the Brandberg Mountain, Namibia’s highest peak.

Looking for a individualized trip to Namibia?

Want your handcrafted trip to Namibia or Botswana?

Do you want to enjoy the beauty of Namibia or Botswana? Or maybe even both? Then come and get your personal trip offer! We are here to help and make you discover our beautiful country!

21 Facts about Namibia – History, politics and commerce

Namibian flag in country shape - by Gordon Johnson

An independent country since 1990

On March 21, 1990, Namibia gained its independence from South Africa. Thus making it one of the last African countries to gain independence.

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Only 2.2 inhabitants per km²

With only about 2,5 million people living across the country, Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world.

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Conservancy by constitution

Protecting the environment and wildlife conservation is so important to Namibia that they included it in their constitution. Thus Namibia is the first country to do so!

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See the capital – Windhoek

Namibia’s biggest city and capital is Windhoek. To visit it you need to travel to the country’s central highlands

On your way to Harnas Wildlife Foundation you have to pay attention for cattle in the road

Best quality beef

Who would have thought that a country as Namibia was able to meet the very strict quality standards to convince the American market of their beef production? Namibia is the first African country to export beef to the United States.

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Namibian Dollar or South African Rand?

In Namibia you can pay with The Namibian dollar (NAD) as well as the South African rand (ZAR). Both currencies are equal in value.

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Namibia as a cruise ship destination!

Throughout Africa you will only find a few deep-water harbours. One to be found on the coast at Walvis Bay, serving as a well used maritime trading point.

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Looking for good and reliable rental cars?

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Toyota Fortuner Safari SUV

The Toyota Fortuner is one of the favorite cars when it comes to lodging trips. It is a modern and well equipped SUV suitable as well for long trips. As it is based on the Toyota Hilux platform it still provides full 4×4 capabilities.

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Toyota Land Cruiser Double Cab with rooftop tent
#WT-CODE 7687

Safari Land Cruiser double-cab

The Toyota Land Cruiser represents the classic 4×4 safari car. Easy to handle but durable and long lasting – it is made to bring you to all destinations. The car offers space for 2-4 persons and is ideal for camping safaris due to is 4×4 capabilities combined with big storage space.

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Safari 8 Seater / Overlander

We offer different Safari 8 Seater / Overlander cars to perfectly fit small group tours. Each of them is a custom rebuild to turn normal single cab pickup into a comfortable, light weight car to fit 8 people.
The custom platform is made for good travelling comfort and perfect view on safari tours. Very popular for family trips!

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Safari 10 Seater / Overlander Truck (C1)

We offer different Safari 10 Seater / Overlander cars to perfectly fit small group tours. Each of them is a custom rebuild to turn normal single cab pickup into a comfortable, light weight car to fit 10 people.
The custom platform is made for good travelling comfort and perfect view on safari tours. Very popular for family trips!
Keep Attention: due to its weight a C1 (small truck) license is required!

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#WT-CODE 52901

Safari 10 Seater / Overlander

We offer different Safari 10 Seater / Overlander cars to perfectly fit small group tours. Each of them is a custom rebuild to turn normal single cab pickup into a comfortable, light weight car to fit 10 people.
The custom platform is made for good travelling comfort and perfect view on safari tours. Very popular for family trips!

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Toyota Land Cruiser 200 series
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Luxury SUV Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series

The Toyota Land Cruiser 200 is to most modern and luxury car in our fleet. Get a real 4×4 car but with the full comfort of a modern SUV – that way even off-road driving can be smooth and comfortable. Besides the different conveniences of the car it is also ideal when travelling with your family since there is room for up to 7 people.

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IZUZU MU-x Safari SUV with rooftop tent
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ISUZU mu-X Safari SUV – available with rooftop tent

You are looking for a safari SUV that is offering versatility, maximum comfort, high fuel efficiency but still being a good and reliable 4×4 car? The ISUZU mu-X Safari SUV with rooftop tent is the rental car of your choice!

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2022 IZUZU D-Max Double Cab with rooftop tent
#WT-CODE 7008

ISUZU Camping car with rooftop tent

The ISUZU D-MAX is the most modern double cab in out 4×4 car rental offerings. It is especially equipped for camping including 2 rooftop tents.
Providing a start of the art entertainment system and an easy to drive spirit it is ideal for your next camping trip.

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Ford Figo – City Car

Not all trips do require having a large 4×4 vehicle. The Ford Figo is a small and reliable city car that can fit 4-5 persons or 2 persons if you carry large luggage.
If you are planning for short city trip or a transfer, this might be the right option for you. 

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