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Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in southern Africa. It was formerly called South West Africa. Besides the Atlantic Ocean coast in the west, Namibia is bounded by Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east, and South Africa to the south and east. The capital and largest city is Windhoek.

What to see & do

Etosha National Park - Following Namib-Naukluft National Park, Etosha National Park is the second largest game reserve in Namibia. It occupies 20,000 square kilometres in northern Namibia, surrounding the Etosha salt pan. It is home to approximately 114 mammal, 340 bird, 110 reptile, and 16 amphibian species. Lodging and camping accommodation is available inside the park, including five sites with lodges and three with camping facilities. All facilities are managed by Namibia Wildlife Resorts.

Fish River Canyon - In the south of Namibia is the largest canyon in Africa, Fish River Canyon. It is also the country's second most visited tourist attraction, featuring a gigantic ravine about 100 miles long and 27 kilometres wide. The hiking trail in Fish River Canyon is immensely popular, stretching 88 kilometres from the Fish River through to Ai Ais. The trail can usually be completed in five days, but is not fixed so the hiker can decide where and how long to hike. Note that there are no amenities available, so all hikers must carry their own needs.

National Marine Aquarium of Namibia - The National Marine Aquarium of Namibia is the only public aquarium in the country, and is located in Swakopmund. It features marine life from the cold Benguela Current in the southern Atlantic Ocean. The aquarium is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, but is closed on Mondays, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. There is daily feeding, and feeding by divers every Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

How to get around within Namibia

Many locations in Namibia are separated by vast distances. Despite this, the preferred method of travel is still by land and not by air. Travellers are recommended to rent vehicles instead of relying on public transport, especially those who plan on exploring the country extensively. Those who opt to rent a vehicle should have plenty of cash on hand for gas, as most gas stations do not accept payment in any form other than cash. It is common to give a small tip for the attendant pumping gasoline. The primary roads in Namibia are good and paved, and the secondary routes have well-graded gravel. There really is no need for an all-wheel drive vehicle, except for those who plan on going through tertiary roads and the Skeleton Coast. If sticking with public transport, available options are minibus taxis (combies, or shared taxis), buses, and trains.

How to get there

The main air passenger gateway into Namibia is Hosea Kutako International Airport, situated about 45 kilometres east of Windhoek. The airport is served by Airlink, Air Namibia, British Airways, Condor, Namibia, South African Airways, South African Express, and TAAG Angola Airlines, and receives scheduled flights from Cape Town, Frankfurt, Harare, Johannesburg, Luanda, Lusaka, Maun, Oranjemund, Victoria Falls, and Walvis Bay. International bus service from Cape Town, Victoria Falls, and Johannesburg can also be used to get into Namibia.

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