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.
Some places of iterest:
Noordoewer is a small settlement on the banks of the Orange River, known for being one of the hottest places in Namibia. Fortunately, there is an abundance of water, used to irrigate fruit, in particular grapes. The village consists of the border post, a post office, bank, a couple of garages and minimarkets and a hotel. A few kilometres northwest of town along the banks of the Orange River are the base camps for a number of canoeing and rafting companies. Spending a few days floating down the river either in winter or submerged alongside summer your canoe is fabulous way to unwind from the rigours of the road.
Thermal water rich in sulphates and fluorides and with a temperature of approx 60°C, gushes forth from the springs of Ai-Ais. In the Nama language, "Ai-Ais" means "burning water". Ai-Ais is closed during the summer months (between November and February) as the heat collects in the narrow gorge of the Fish River and temperatures can reach 45 degrees Celsius and higher.
This town started as a settlement of the Velskoendraer-Nama (wearers of fur-shoes), where the Rhenish Mission Society established a mission station in 1866. The place was named after a German merchant, Johann Keetman, who generously supported the mission station financially. ‘Keetmanshoop’ is Afrikaans for Keetman’s hope. The town is the administrative centre of a vast arid region utilized for farming – mostly karakul sheep, and also ostrich. Downtown, some buildings from colonial times have been preserved: the railway station, built in 1907/08 and still in use; the Imperial Post Office from 1910, which now houses a visitor information centre; and the old church of the Rhenish Mission Society. The church was renovated and proclaimed a national monument in 1978. Today it is a museum with exhibits of photos and objects from around the previous turn of the century; agricultural equipment and the model of a Nama hut are also on show.
Windhoek is Namibia’s capital city. It rests on a gravely inland plateau with dotted areas of acacia and scrub grass surrounded by two desserts, the Namib Desert to the west and the Kalahari to the east. Just outside of the city are many wildlife reserves, perfect for relaxing and viewing game. The Khomas Hochland represents the highest point of the plateau, its peaks no more spectacular than Namibia’s fourth highest mountain, the Gamsberg, a table-topped mountain rising some 500 meters above the surrounding landscape. For a change of pace, the Cross Barmen Hot Springs highlight the areas many wellness opportunities, where one can relax in baths of steaming spring water.
Henties Bay is primarily a holiday town with a holiday atmosphere - peaceful and quiet out of season and alive in high season. Its main attraction is the ocean and miles of solitary beach where vehicles are still allowed.
Swakopmund & Walvis Bay
Swakopmund is Namibia’s playground, a holiday destination for tourists and locals alike looking to escape the heat of the interior and to have a little adventure. The city itself resembles a small German town and manages to create a feeling of timelessness with its palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and museums. And while there’s plenty to do within city limits, the real action happens in the desert surrounding Swakopmund. Quad-biking, sand-boarding, sand-skiing, parasailing and dozens of other guided adrenaline inducing activities are available by reservation from many of the adventure companies operating in the area. At Walvis Bay, visitors can join a dolphin cruise or explore the lagoon on a kayak tour.