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Namibia
 

Wedged between the Kalahari and the chilly South Atlantic, Namibia
has deserts, seascapes, bushwalking and boundlessness. Blessed with rich natural resources, a solid modern infrastructure and diverse traditional cultures, it is a beautiful country of vast potential.

Namibia, previously known as South West Africa, is bordered by South Africa in the south, Angola and Zambia in the north and Botswana and Zimbabwe in the east.  The oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert stretches along the whole west coast of the country, while the Kalahari Desert runs along its southeastern border with Botswana.
Perennial rivers are found only on the country’s borders, being the Orange River on the southern border and the Kunene, Okavango, Kwando and Zambesi Rivers on the northern border.

The Namibian landscape varied from vast expanses of desert and sand dunes – the biggest sand dunes in the world are found here - to rock formations in the south, contrasting starkly to the savannah and woodlands of the central regions and the lush and forested scenery of the northeast.  The Brandberg with a height of 2 579 meters in the southern Kunene region is Namibia’s highest mountain. 

In the south the Fish River Canyon is one of the wonders of Africa. 
The 161 km long, 27 km wide ravine with a maximum depth of 550m
is surrounded by high, forbidding cliffs, and is gashed into the plateau with startling abruptness.  The awesome grandeur of the canyon is surpassed only by the Grand Canyon in the United States of America. 
 
Weather Overview
Although it's predominantly desert, Namibia enjoys regional climatic variations. The whole country sees a minimum of 300 days of sunshine
a year, but temperatures and rainfall vary considerably both seasonally and geographically. The most arid climate is found in the central Namib, where summer daytime temperatures climb to over 40°C (105°F) but can fall to below freezing at night. Daytime temperatures in the mountainous and semi-arid Central Plateau (including Windhoek) are generally lower than in the rest of the country.
Fog is common on the coast.
 

Flag of Namibia

Namibia Facts

Map of Namibia
Full Name Republic of Namibia
Capital City Windhoek
Area 825,418 sq km
Population 1,800,000
Time Zone GMT/UTC +2
Languages English (official)
Afrikaans (official)
Herero (other)
German (other)
OshiKwanyama (other)
Currency Namibia Dollar (N$)
Climate desert, dry, rainfall is sparse and erratic.
   
   


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