Namibia is a country of startling contrasts that straddles two great deserts. The Namib (after which it is named) is the oldest desert on the planet, and its sea of red sands runs the length of the Atlantic coastline, while in the eastern interior lies the Kalahari, an enormous and sparsely vegetated savannah that sprawls across the border into neighbouring countries. Namibia is known for its vast open landscapes - an abundance of space in which to inhale deeply and bask in an infinite supply of blue skies, sun drenched weather and tranquil starry nights.
Over the years, there have been a number of cultural influences that have added to the unique atmosphere of Namibia. Germany, Great Britain and South Africa have all governed the territory, but the eventual independence of Namibia in 1990 allowed the country to develop its multi-cultural character and re-invent itself. There is a rich and colourful African vigour that now freely blends in with the colonial influences on architecture, food, customs and art, all merging to create a distinctive Namibian character.
The country boasts many National Parks and Game Reserves with a dizzying variety of wildlife in a wide variety of differing habitats: giraffes amble across the blinding white saltpans of Etosha National Park, oryx plunge headlong up impossibly steep red dunes at Sossusvlei, and seals in their many thousands colonise lonely beachhheads along the Skeleton Coast. The contrasts are everywhere for the visitor to savour, enjoy and photograph.
Namibia with its remote intimate lodges and interaction with indigenous people as well as wildlife has rapidly become known as a safari destination with a difference.