Namibia, Southern Africa

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Etosha National Park, Namibia

A tree at Etosha National Park, Namibia
Charles Roffey

Namibia in Southern Africa is a popular destination for tourists interested in wildlife, desert scenery and traditional African cultures. Namibia is easy to travel around, the roads are good and you can rent a car or camper and make use of the wonderful campsites that are well maintained throughout the country. The main towns of Swakopmund and the capital Windhoek are modern towns with lots of hotels and restaurants.

Etosha National Park is the country's premier wildlife park. There are several upscale lodges in the park and you are very likely to see the Big 5 when you visit. Other Namibian highlights include hiking in the world second largest canyon, the Fish River canyon. You can also spend time in the remote area of Kaokoland with the Himba or the San Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert. The sand dunes of Namibia are legendary; they're vast, beautiful and a lot of fun to roll down.

Enjoy the images of Namibia below and see what a great destination it is.

The scenery at Namibia's premier game reserve, Etosha National Park, is as interesting as its abundant wildlife.

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Lion at Etosha National Park, Namibia

Lion at Etosha National Park, Namibia
Charles Roffey

Etosha National Park is Namibia's biggest game reserve and a big draw for tourists around the world who are looking to see the "Big 5".

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Waterhole at Etosha National Park, Namibia

Waterhole at Etosha National Park, Namibia
Charles Roffey

Okaukuejo Camp in Etosha is one of three camps in the national park and it has this wonderful waterhole on site which attracts all manner of thirsty wildlife.

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Selling Firewood in Damaraland, Namibia

Selling Firewood, Damaraland, Namibia
Charles Roffey

Damaraland is a scenic part of Namibia with mountains and open plains where you can see elephant, rhino and ostrich.

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Brandberg Mountain, Namibia

Brandberg Mountain, Namibia
Charles Roffey

Brandberg Mountain is Namibia's highest mountain (2606 m) and well known for the thousands of bushman rock art paintings that have been found in the area.

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Sossusvlei, Namibia

Sossusvlei, Namibia
Michael Daecher

Sossusvlei lies in the Namib Naukluft Park in the heart of the Namib desert. It's a wonderful place to camp with spectacular sand dunes all around.

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The Sand Dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia

Dunes in Sossusvlei, Namibia
Michael Daecher

The sand dunes around Sosussvlei in the Namib Naukluft Park in the Namib Desert are the highest in the world and can get up to 300 meters.

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Jumping the Dunes near Swakopmund, Namibia

Jumping the Dunes near Swakopmund, Namibia
Charles Roffey

Sand dunes are a big draw in Namibia, there are lots of them and they are a lot of fun. You can climb, jump, sand board and 4x4 on them.

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Young Himba Ladies, Namibia

Young Himba Ladies, Namibia
Charles Roffey

The Himba live in northwest Namibia. The women wear mini-skirts made of goat skins adorned with shells and jewellery made of iron and copper.

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Young Himba Girl, Namibia

Young Himba Girl, Namibia
Charles Roffey

The Himba are pastoralists who live a traditonal life in the remote northwestern part of Namibia.

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Himba Village, Namibia

Himba Village, Namibia
Charles Roffey

The Himba of northwest Namibia live in houses that are just simple cone-shaped structures made with saplings covered in mud and dung.

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Himba Girl, Namibia

Himba Girl, Namibia
Charles Roffey

The Himba live in northwest Namibia and are pastoralists. This is a young Himba girl riding a donkey, the best transport in this rocky land.

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Herero Woman, Namibia

Herero Woman, Namibia
Charles Roffey

The Herero are one of Namibia's main tribes and the women are easily recognizable by their distinctive Victorian look influenced by early German missionaries.

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Herero Ladies, Namibia

Herero Ladies, Namibia
Charles Roffey

The Herero women of Namibia traditionally wear these Victorian inspired headdresses and heavy skirts with petticoats, despite the soaring desert temperatures.

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San (Bushman) Mother and Child, Kalahari, Namibia

San (Bushman) Mother and Child, Kalahari, Namibia
Charles Roffey

The San of the Kalahari are traditional hunter-gatherers and the original inhabitants of this part of the world. The Kalahari desert is in eastern Namibia.

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San (Bushman) Elder, Kalahari, Namibia

San Bushman Elder, Kalahari, Namibia
Charles Roffey

In traditional San societies the elders are the leaders of the tribe and make important decisions collectively. The San don't have chiefs, they are egalitarian.

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San (Bushman) Hunter, Kalahari

San (Bushman) Hunter, Kalahari, Namibia
Charles Roffey

The San (Bushman) of the Kalahari traditionally relied on hunting and gathering for their livelihood. Men still hunt using a bow and arrows tipped with poison.

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Road to Swakopmund, Namibia

Road to Swakopmund, Namibia
Michael Daecher

This is what the road to the coastal town of Swakopmund looks like. The scenery is sparse but beautiful, and the roads are excellent despite being dirt roads.

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Cleaning the Streets of Swakopmund, Namibia

Keeping Swakopmund Clean, Namibia
Charles Roffey

Swakopmund is a quaint town with a strong German heritage on Namibia's Atlantic coast. It's popular with local Namibians looking to escape the summer heat.

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Main Street in Swakopmund, Namibia

Main Street in Swakopmund, Namibia
Charles Roffey

The coastal town of Swakopmund is a very clean and modern German looking town. There are lots of hotels and restuarants catering to Namibians on holiday.

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Men Resting on a Bench, Swakopmund, Namibia

Men Resting on a Bench, Swakopmund, Namibia
Charles Roffey

Swakopmund is a small coastal town in Namibia popular with local Namibians as a holiday destination. It's a sleepy town in the off-season.

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Walvis Bay, Namibia

Walvis Bay, Namibia
Charles Roffey

Walvis Bay lies on the Atlantic coast where the desert dramatically meets the sea. It's a popular holiday town and a place for cruise ships to dock.

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Welwitschia Mirabilis, Namibia

Welwitschia mirabilis, Namibia
Michael Daecher

The Welwitschia is a unique plant that grows in the Namib desert. The plant pictured here is about 1000 years old (their lifepsan is between 400-1500 years).

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Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Sjaak Zijlma

The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is the second largest canyon in the world (after the Grand Canyon in the US) and offers some incredible hiking opportunties.

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Flamingos in Flight, Namibia

Flamingos in Flight, Namibia
Charles Roffey

Namibia is a wonderful country for bird watching and among many others, you can see flamingos along the Atlantic coast and in the salt pans of Etosha.

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Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek, Namibia
Michael Daecher

Windhoek is Namibia's capital city. All the government offices are located here as well as lots of restuarants, shops, hotels and a casino.

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