Currency: Namibian Dollar
Population: 2,259,325 Size: 318,259 square miles (824,292 sq km) – about half the size of Alaska
Border countries: Botswana, Angola, Zambia, South Africa, (Zimbabwe's border is seperated by less than 200 meters of riverbed)
National tourist office: www.namibiatourism.com.na
At a glance
Part of the allure of Namibia is that it’s four countries in one. Four different landscapes, each with its own characteristics and attractions. The most definitive is the Namib, a long coastal desert that runs the length of the country and is highlighted with migrating dune belts, dry riverbeds and canyons. The central plateau is home the majority of Namibia towns and villages and is divided between rugged mountain ranges and sand-filled valleys. Next is the vast Kalahari Desert with its ancient red sand and sparse vegetation. Finally, Kavango and Caprivi, blessed with generous amounts of rain and typified by tropical forests, perennial rivers and woodland savannahs.
Namibia is truly unique, influenced by various cultures during colonization, and now reborn from the shadows of Apartheid in 1990. What has emerged is a true sense of unity in diversity – the coming together of at least 11 major ethnic groups, each celebrating their past while working together toward the future. You’ll notice this in dress, language, art, music, sport, food and religion. There exists a wonderful collage, but first and foremost, Namibians are proud to be Namibian. And for good reason.
Namibia is known for its national parks and wildlife reserves, for its diversity as well as its unique landscape and vegetation. On this cycling holiday you will cycle along the edge of the Fish River Canyon, the second largest in the world. We will hike in the oldest desert in the world and cycle through the desolate Naukluft Mountains.
Experience the time when the Germans colonized this area in Swakopmund and cycle to the most impressive landmark of Namibia, the Spitzkoppe, with its massive granite peaks. You'll wonder at the artistry of the bushmen cave paintings made thousands of years ago in Twyfelfontein and go on safari in Etosha National Park. This 17-day tour offers the unique opportunity to experience the wonders of the Namibian landscape up close by cycling on specially selected bike routes and actively experiencing these wonders from somewhere other than the usual bus or 4x4.
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