Discover one of the most underrated nations in Africa – Namibia. Explore rugged mountains, abandoned ghost towns, picturesque towns from colonial times and vast national parks teeming with fascinating wildlife. Namibia is in Southern Africa, bordering South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and the Atlantic Ocean. Namibia boasts remarkable natural attractions such as the Namib desert, the Fish River Canyon Park, Etosha National Park and the Kalahari desert. Its people speak nine different languages, including some of the Khoisan languages which include the ‘clicks’ that present an enigma to most native English-speakers. Namibia produces some of the world’s highest quality diamonds.
Namibia is arguably the most comprehensively tourist-friendly country in Africa. Not only does it have exceptional wildlife – including a quarter of the world’s cheetahs and the last free-ranging population of black rhino – and a well-developed network of parks, reserves and safari lodges, but the landscapes of its coastline and deserts are some of the most photographed and gasped over in the world, meriting a visit in their own right.
Traditional culture remains strong here despite successive colonial occupations by Germany and then South Africa (Namibia gained independence from the latter in 1990) and, for many visitors, meeting the Himba people in the far north-west, or the San (formerly Bushmen) of the Kalahari, is an enriching and humbling experience.
Namibia is so vast and wild – bigger than France, with a population of just 2 million – it’s impossible to do it justice in a single trip. You can explore Namibia with a volunteer travel experience offered by Go Volunteer Africa.
Namibia is one of those rare destinations in the Africa that seems to have the unique combination of natural beauty, intriguing history, and vibrant culture and much of this continent still remains wild and uncharted.