Namibia

The unimaginable emptiness, rugged nature and an ancient cultural heritage are just a few reasons why Namibia is loved by many. The country owes its name to the vast Namib desert, which determines the largest part of the landscape. The Namib is the oldest desert in the world and turns into the Kalahari desert, which in turn passes through neighboring Botswana and South Africa. Despite the fact that Namibia largely consists of desert, the fauna and flora is amazingly diverse. The sand-colored sand dunes of the Namib, which are colored by iron dioxide, contain just enough moisture so that the prehistoric welwitschia plant can survive. A growing number of desert elephants and black rhinos live in the dry riverbeds in Damaraland. Etosha National Park houses large troops of lions and has often been the backdrop for impressive nature documentaries. Thanks to the mighty rivers Kavango, Kwando, Zambezi and Chobe, the northeast of Namibia is lush green and the conditions for wildlife are very favorable here.

The interesting culture is determined by various tribes. One of them is the Himba tribe, a traditionally nomadic people, which still retains its authentic way of life and traditions. In the Kalahari, the Bushmen, the native inhabitants of southern Africa, live in small settlements and what the country has to offer them. The distances in Namibia are huge so you can not meet anyone on the road for hours. A self-drive journey through Namibia therefore requires good planning and preparation.

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