NAMIBIA GENERAL INFORMATION
Namibia is one of the leading conservation countries in Africa. The amount of animals as well as their diversity has doubled since the 1960's. 70% -80% of all wild animals in namibia are on private land - this is largely acredited to the trophy huntng industry.
Namibia is a plains game paradise! A wide variety of species roam across Namibia, from the more densly vegetated north to the stunning Kalahari in the south - Kudu, Gemsbuck, Red Hartebeest, Belsbuck, Waterbuck, Springbuck, Eland, Steenbuck, Zebra and many more!
Namibia is often referred to as "The Land of Wide Open Spaces" and after any journey here the reason is clear. Located in South West Africa, Namibia is one of the most scenically beautiful countries on the plant.
From the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the red sands of the Khalarai desert to verdant swamps and tropical palms trees on the Caprivi Strip, this is a land of striking contrasts.
The south of the country is home to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world, marine diamond fields, the ghosts town of Kolmanskop and herds of wild horses. Further north the red Kalahari desert gives way to the Namib desert with its towering dunes that plunge into the crashing waves of the Atlantic.
Further north still you will encounter the awe-inspiring beauty of Damaraland, rich with bushman rock art and geological wonders. The jewel in Namibia's wildlife crown is the Etosha National Park, dominated by the massive central salt pans, the park is home to Africa's big game, and at certain times of year, boasts unrivaled game viewing, as the game escapes the parched plains and congregates around waterholes.
The natural beauty is complimented by quaint towns rich in colonial German architecture, full of warm country hospitality. This is truly a melting pot of cultures from nomadic tribes such as the ochre coloured Himba people of the north-west and the Khoi-San bushmen of the Kalahari to European farmers of Dutch decent and just about everything in-between.
HUNTING IN NAMIBIA
Namibia is the first country in the world to include protection of the environment and sustainable utilization of wildlife in its constitution. Over 14 % of the country’s major habitat types are contained in formally proclaimed protected areas. And nearly 80% are under conservancy.
The annual hunting season in Namibia covers the period from 1 February until 30 November.
The first 10 weeks still fall into the main summer rainfall season of the southern hemisphere. But due to Namibia's specific geographic location and prevailing climate conditions, rain mostly occurs sporadic, as short showers during late afternoon and night-time hours. Most of the days are sunny with bright blue skies. Summers without rain for weeks on end are not unusual. From about mid-April, a brief autumn soon turns into winter that lasts for only 2-3 months.
The Southern African winter is characterized by low night-time & moderate day-time temperatures as well as extremely dry and cloudless, sunny weather conditions.
Towards the end of August, temperatures start rising again during a short spring season, and October usually marks the beginning of summer, with a warm to hot yet commonly still dry climate.
Check out this amaizing video to see the nature wonders Namibia has to offer!
Namibia is a country of wide open spaces, full of wonders & unforgetable adventures! The country, occupying 318,696 sq miles, is the world's thirty-fourth largest country (after Venezuela). It is the least densely populated country in the world after Mongolia with a mere 6.5 inhabitants per square mile.
The Namibian landscape consists generally of five geographical areas, each with characteristic a biotic conditions and vegetation with some variation within and overlap between them. These areas include the Central Plateau, the Namib Desert, the Escarpment, the Bushveld, and the Kalahari Desert. Although the climate is generally extremely dry, there are a few exceptions. The cold, north-flowing Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean accounts for some of the low precipitation.
Namibia is a vast land with its more than 6000 feet high central bush, its Namib desert – stretching along the Atlantic ocean of the South – with its dunes of 900 feet, which are the highest in the world. Its large National Parks, the Namib Naukluft and the Etosha , dominates Etosha Pan and the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. Population is approx. 1.9 million people includes at least 11 major ethnic groups. The Owambo tribe (650,000) make up the largest group and live mainly in the north. Other significant tribes include the Kavango, Herero, Himba, Damara, Nama, Basters and the San. The country still bears the influences of its German and Afrikaner colonizers.
The culture of the indigenous population reflects the social values, norms, traditions and institutions developed over a long period of time. Each ethnic group has its own distinct identity though certain features remain common to all such as the wealth of traditional arts, crafts, music and dance.
The official language of Namibia is English; however Afrikaans, German, Herero, Nama / Damara, Oshiwambo and Rukavango are widely spoken. The Literacy rate was estimated in 2003 at 84%. The Christian religion is practiced by up 80-90% of the population with at least 50% being Lutheran. 10-20% of the population practice indigenous beliefs.
Windhoek is Namibia's capital city and lies in the heart of the central plateau, surrounded by Khomas Mountains. It has a combination of innovative modern and old German colonial buildings. It is one of the cleanest, safest and most relaxed capital cities in Africa, and is a bustling cosmopolitan city with good hotels, sophisticated shops and trendy bistros. Despite Namibia's modern infrastructure, this young nation strives to retain its multi-ethnic tribal culture and is passionate to preserve and protect its natural environment.