Namibia is populated by few people, but those few constitute an unusually diverse set of peoples and cultures. The country's predominant (85%) black population is composed of several different ethnic groups, including the San, the Khoi-Khoi, the Herero, and the Ovambo. The small European population is composed of Germans and Afrikaners, and there is also a significant Asian minority. The great majority of Namibia's 2.3 million people live in the north, where there the climate is less arid and generally more hospitable.
Namibia feels like a lost world, an endless expanse of phantasmagorical landscapes that have never lost their primitive majesty. Namibia is Nature’s great art gallery, a mystical world of surreal landscapes and transcendent experiences.
Welcome to the land of the oldest desert in the world, an extremely unique environment which stretches from South Africa, along the coast of Namibia, and into Angola to the North. It is also home to one of the tallest dunes in the world. Another great scenic area that can be experienced is where the desert meets the Atlantic Ocean. The dunes extend perfectly into the water, creating a beautiful scene which can't be found anywhere else in the world.
The dune is around 5 million years old and almost reaches 170 meters in height, which is comparable to the pyramids of Giza. As one of many visitors, I wondered why Dune 45 became so popular. This question is actually very easy to answer. It is conveniently located next to the road. You stop, click, and continue your drive.
The Kalahari is one of the most interesting places to visit in Namibia, thanks to its diverse wildlife. Its home to the Cheetah, Zebra, Springbok, Ostrich, the Oryx, Giraffe, Elephant, the endangered African Wild Dog, and many more species. You'll also notice the massive bird nests hanging off trees and poles along the desert of the Kalahari.
If somebody asks me whether I prefer sunrises or sunsets, I would always go for a good sunset, for one simple reason. I'm asleep during 98% of sunrises. However that changed after travelling to Namibia. While staying at the Namibia Desert Lodge we met up for an early sunrise and coffee trip on a little hill just next to the lodge.
What follows an amazing sunrise? Yes, an even better sunset. Isn't that obvious? While staying at the Kalahari Anib Lodge I experienced one of them. As part of the Safari, we stopped at one of the little dunes for the famous 'Kalahari Bar'. Our driver would set up the table with beers, gin and tonic, and other drinks while we would enjoy the sun disappearing beyond the horizon.
The former German colony is also known for its diverse wildlife. While you can find most of the animals all around the country for some of them you should visit the Etosha National Park. Its home to the tallest elephant in Africa as well as the Black Rhinoceros, which is critical endangered and very rare to be spotted.
Germany was never really recognised as a colonial power such as the British, Spanish, or Portuguese. However the Germans made some claims in Africa and Guinea, which is commonly known as Papua New Guinea nowadays. Namibia, referred to as German South-West Africa, was one of them.
If I think of African capitals such as Johannesburg or Cairo, it always reminds me of how busy a city can be. That definitely doesn't include the relaxed and chilled capital of Namibia. Windhoek is more or less located in the geographical centre of the country and is home to around 350,000 people.
Another noticeable city in Namibia is Swakopmund, located on the coast of Western Namibia. Mund is the German word for mouth, and Swakop is the name of a river floating into the ocean near the city, hence the name. Even though it's the 4th largest town in the country, it is only home to 45,000 people.
Skeleton Beach is a place where you'd rather not be, unless you are part of a tour. The locals call it "The Land God created in Anger." If you happen to be stranded there, the chances of survival are around zero percent.