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Namibia Information Directory

Namibia Information Directory

General Information

Wedged between the Kalahari and the South Atlantic, Namibia enjoys vast potential as one of the youngest countries in Africa. In addition to having a striking diversity of cultures and national origins, Namibia is a photographer’s dream – it boasts wild seascapes, rugged mountains, lonely deserts, stunning wildlife, colonial cities and nearly unlimited space.

The dry lands of Namibia were inhabited since early times by Bushmen, Damara, and Namaqua, and since about the 14th century AD by immigrating Bantu who came with the Bantu expansion. It became a German Imperial protectorate in 1884 and remained a German colony until the end of World War I. In 1920, the League of Nations mandated the country to South Africa, which imposed its laws and, from 1948, its apartheid policy.

Namibia has a population of 2.1 million people and a stable multi-party parliamentary democracy. Agriculture, herding, tourism and the mining industry – including mining for gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, and base metals – form the backbone of Namibia's economy. Given the presence of the arid Namib Desert, it is one of the least densely populated countries in the world.


Namibia is a magnificently vast, rugged and seemingly empty land. There are areas where you can drive for over 250km (155mile) between service stations and camp in places having your nearest neighbour over 100km (62mile) away. You will see the cloudless and the bluest of skies for many months of the year, and if visiting in the rainy season, hopefully, a welcome afternoon downpour. Namibia is a country of breathtaking contrast.

Activities in Namibia

Watch a lion stalking its prey on a never-ending plain in Etosha. Fly down a giant dune on a sandboard. Spend a night alone in the desert under a sky so thick with stars you can’t differentiate between constellations. Near Namibia’s capital city, Windoek, is the Sossusvlei is the perfect destination from which tourists can enjoy stunning sunrises. One of the most popular national parks, the Etosha National Park, is situated in this country and offers visitors the chance to see some of the premier wildlife by going on safaris. Swakopmund, a coastline destination, is the extreme-sports capital of the country. Adventure enthusiasts can get their fix of adrenaline by participating in many outdoor activities here. Another outdoor activity that will excite nature and adventure lovers is a five day hike through the Fish River Canyon. 

Accommodation in Namibia

Namibia may be one the youngest countries, but it offers an array of tourist accommodation.  You will find many hotels, bed and breakfasts, guest houses, self-catering units, lodges and camping sites, including ones specifically catering for families. Please visit our accommodation directory for a complete list of places to stay in the country.

Business Directory

The country's business community is thriving thanks to tourist interest and neighbouring countries. There are many shops, stalls, souvenirs, local products and top quality restaurants to choose from. Please go to our business directory for a full list of all the businesses in the country.

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