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Namibia - So much more to discover

Discovery and experience are the two most important words when it comes to describing Namibia. When you look past the immense arid open spaces you will discover Namibia as it unfolds a wealth of geological and cultural history, an unexpected diversity of plants and wildlife, a rough and pristine coastline and an untouched wilderness. It's a place where you can climb the highest sand dunes in the world. Descend to the floor of the deepest canyon in Africa. Watch wildlife as they roam on one of the most spectacular pans on earth. And explore the oldest, driest desert in the world.

Two of Namibia's biggest calling cards are the Namib Desert and an almost hostile coastline. But beyond these two, the rough icy waters and the sea of sand, lies a rocky expanse that has been largely unchanged over the years. Rock formations such as Spitzkoppe or the Brandberg and the Fish River Canyon are obvious landmarks, but Namibia is dotted with other features such as underground lakes, strangely shaped rocks, meteorites, petrified forests, flat topped mountains and the Etosha salt pan that is so large that it can easily be seen from space.

But there is more to Namibia than dry open spaces. As a country, Namibia is home to vibrant cities where the population is excited about their future, while remaining deeply connected to their rich, cultural past. It is a country with a stable, democratic government, infrastructure that allows guests to move confidently off the beaten path.

To many South Africans and even some further afield, Namibia is remembered as South West Africa, but Namibia has much deeper roots. It was a 23 year battle for independence from South Africa which was started in 1966 by the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO). It was a war for liberation which was finally won on March 21, 1990 when Namibia became an independent state. But its history goes even further back than WW1 when Germany, who had colonised it at the end of the 19th century, surrendered it to the South African expeditionary army. In fact, the history of this land can be found carved into rock paintings found to the south and in Twyfelfontein, some dating back to 26,000 B.C. Various people groups including San Bushmen, Bantu herdsmen and finally the Himba, Herero and Nama tribes have been making this rugged land home for thousands of years.

So don't just visit Namibia, Explore Namibia! Discover and experience Namibia for yourself!
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Sand, sand, sand! Dunes at Sossusvlei, Namibia
Spitzkoppe, Namibia
Zoo Park, Windhoek
A giraffe failing miserably at trying to blend in at Etosha National Park
Epupa Falls, Namibia
Sand dunes, Namibia
Juveniles at play - Etosha National Park
Dead camel thorn (Vachellia erioloba) in Deadvlei, a claypan near Sossusvlei, in the southern part of the Namib Desert
Waterhole at sunset - Etosha National Park
Kicking up a storm - Oryx gazella at Etosha National Park
Etosha zebras
Two Blue wildebeest males in duel - Etosha National Park
A very busy waterhole at Etosha National Park
Independence Avenue, Windhoek
Meteorites on permanent display in Post Street Mall, Windhoek
Christ Church and Namibian History Museum, Windhoek
St. Marien Cathedral, Windhoek
Railway station in Windhoek. The plinthed locomotive is a Zwillinge, number 154A
Klein (Small) Windhoek is a suburb east of central Windhoek
Majestic lion at the AfriCat Foundation, Okonjima's 22 000 ha private Nature Reserve, 50 kms south of Otjiwarongo
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Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop
Sand dunes in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Older dunes are reddish and larger, newer dunes are yellow-brown
Long Beach, Swakopmond. Mmmmm.... wonder where it gets it's name from?
Aerial view of main beach at Swakopmund
Swakopmund viewed from the south
First light at Swakopmund
The Woermannhaus in Swakopmund
Old barracks in Swakopmund
Swakopmund in the early hours
Main beach at Swakopmund
District Court, Swakopmund
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swakopmund
Das Hohenzollernhaus in Swakopmund
Swakopmund Architecture: Antonius Residence
Old District Court in Swakopmund
Lüderitz is a harbour town in southwest Namibia, lying on one of the least hospitable coasts in Africa
The Felsenkirche (1912) or "church on the rocks" overlooking Lüderitz, Namibia, is one of the oldest Lutheran churches in Africa
Goerke Haus (1911), one of the "diamond palaces" of Lüderitz, was home to Hans Goerke, manager and co-owner of the German-era diamond mining company
A replica of the original cross planted by the Portuguese seafarer Bartolomeu Dias in July 1488, Lüderitz
Haviside's dolphin (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii) off Lüderitz
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Street scene in Lüderitz
Street detail in Lüderitz
Haus Hartmann (1909) in Lüderitz
Lüderitz Train Station (1914)
Kolmanskop ghost town
Deserted building at Kolmanskop ghost town
Kolmanskop (Coleman's hill), is a ghost town in the Namiba desert in southern Namibia, 10 kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz
Remains of the ice factory at Kolmanskop
Vingerklip (finger stone) in the Kunene Region
Road and rail side by side - 25 kms east of Aus
A 1937 Hudson Terraplane "resting" in Ghost Valley, Aus-Mountains
Wild horses thought to be descendants of horses abandoned by German soldiers during WW1. Resting next to the old train station at Garub between Aus and Lüderitz
Namib desert horses at the watering hole at Garub. In the background is a shelter for visitors
Quiver Tree at Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei - “dead-end marsh” is a large, white, salt and clay pan. The area boasts some of the highest dunes in the world, some reaching almost 400m high
Sossusvlei, with some of the highest dunes in the world as a backdrop
Quiver Tree Forest, Keetmanshoop
Fish River Canyon, Karas Region. The largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia
The Ruacana Falls in the Kunene river, seen from the Namibian side
Epupa Falls on the Kunene River
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Himba girl. The traditional Himba people are mostly settled in the Kaokoland in the remote Kunene region and have a population of up to 50,000
A Himba woman. Famous for covering themselves with otjize paste, a cosmetic mixture of butterfat and ochre pigment
Looking down on the Brandberg Massif (a compact group of mountains) in Erongo is Namibia's tallest mountain standing at 2 606 m above sea-level
The Brandberg in the Erongo Region. Image was shot from 10kms away to the south
Sunset on the Brandberg. Brandberg is Afrikaans, Dutch and German for "Fire Mountain", which comes from its glowing color which is seen in the setting sun
Brandberg "Fire Mountain" living up to it's name. Erongo Region
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