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Namibia

Namibia is a vast, sparsely populated land of astounding scenic splendor. The Namib Desert is an otherworldly place, dominated by forbidding mountains, monumental rock formations and towering red sand dunes. Namibia offers remarkable game-viewing in a number of disparate locations. 

At the center of the ...

Namibia is a vast, sparsely populated land of astounding scenic splendor. The Namib Desert is an otherworldly place, dominated by forbidding mountains, monumental rock formations and towering red sand dunes. Namibia offers remarkable game-viewing in a number of disparate locations. 

At the center of the country, the vast Namib-Naukluft National Park and adjoining NamibRand Nature Reserve (a total area of 19,495 square miles) are famous for their heroic scenery and immense shifting dunes of orange sand. Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s major wildlife areas, with a full range of large species. The Kaokoveld is home to the extraordinary desert-adapted lion. And on the so-called Skeleton Coast (so named for the many shipwrecks caused by a combination of powerful currents and unremitting onshore winds), the shoreline is dotted with huge colonies of Cape fur seals. 

Namibia is also the last great bastion of the endangered cheetah, the population of which has been tragically diminished elsewhere in AfricaThe country is also the final redoubt of the San (Bushmen), the traditional inhabitants of the Kalahari, who have been grotesquely persecuted over the past three centuries. And close to the border with Angola, the Himba remain a colorful and strikingly traditional tribal people. 

WHEN TO VISIT

Rain is rare and skies are invariably clear, hence, a rewarding visit is possible at virtually any time of year. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay and containing at least six unstamped pages) and visa. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

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