Namibia, formerly German South West Africa and then South West Africa, is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It obtained full independence from South Africa in 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. The country has a small population of just over 2 million. Given the Namib Desert, it is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Agriculture, the mining industry and tourism form the basis of the Namibian economy. The capital is Windhoek.
The Namib Desert is a broad expanse of really arid plains and dunes that stretches along the Namibian coastline. The Namib coastal desert is one of the oldest in the world. Its famous high sand dunes are created by the strong onshore winds. Other significant geographical areas are the Great Escarpment and the Kalahari Desert to the east and the Bushveld in the north east. The majority of the Namibian population is of Bantu speaking origin. English is the official language but only about 3% of the population speaks it as a home language. The people are predominantly Christian. The most popular sport is association football, but they have not had the success of the National Rugby team.
‘The Road to Etosha’ follows a road journey up to Etosha National Park situated in the north west of the country. It follows a small group of travellers, who start the trip in South Africa, in Capetown. They tour up to the South Africa – Namibia border, cross over the Orange River and proceed past Fish River Canyon into the Namib Desert.
Probably the most recognizable landmark for Namibia is the series of orange sand dunes. About 30 miles or 45 kilometres past Sesriem on the road to Sossossvlei lies dune 45. The whole area offers some spectacular views and photographic opportunities. Many activities are available in Swapomund including sky diving. Four of the group venture up into the sky for their first freefall dive from a light aircraft. Away from the coast it is a hot drive up to the famous Etosha National Park. Namibia has a good network of roads, but the distances between places are long. The adventurous traveller will want to return again.
Running time is approximately 45 minutes.
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