Over the years Namibia has become a popular destination for tourists from across the world. Many hearts and minds continue to be enthralled by this land of compelling natural wonders, unique variety of wildlife, contrasting beautiful scenery, abundant sunshine and wide-open spaces, not to mention the cultural diversity and hospitality accustomed to its people. Visitors are engulfed by a sheer sense of freedom generated by wide and breath-taking horizons, the bluest of skies and a population density which ranks among the lowest in the world. Respectively, Namibia’s capital Windhoek has been voted many-a-time as the cleanest city on the African continent. Namibia was one of the first countries in the world to include the protection of the environment and sustainable utilization of wildlife in its constitution.
About 15.5% of the country has been set aside as national parks. In these areas, rare and endangered species of animals, birds and plant life are preserved and protected. Particular attractions include the Etosha National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa which is home to a variety of animals and birds, including several endangered species; the Namib-Naukluft Park, a vast wilderness and the fourth largest nature conservation area in the world; the Skeleton Coast National Park; and the Fish River Canyon, the world’s largest after the Grand Canyon in the USA. Wilderness and modern amenities co-exist happily in this land of vivid contrasts.
Visitors to Namibia can see the country by means of comfortable coach tours, fly-in safaris, self-drive tours, or guided tours tailored to suit individual needs. A large number of lodges and guest farms are found all over the country. For the more adventurous, there are wilderness safaris, game walks and drives, horse/hiking trails. Popular leisure activities include sand boarding, quad biking, skydiving and paragliding amongst others. Photographic safaris can also be arranged. Namibia, being a young and vibrant democracy, prides itself in its commitment towards the maintenance of peace, stability and socioeconomic development. Coupled with a first-world inter-connected infrastructural network, Namibia is truly a rare African gem.