Located on Africa's Atlantic coast, Namibia is a place of beauty with its breathtaking and dramatic landscapes. It is the home of the Etosha National Park, a game reserve where you can spot everything from lions to zebras to wildebeest to giraffes. The capital city of Windhoek, with its colonial German past, features such striking landmarks as the gothic revival-style Christ Church. And if you want to feast your eyes on staggering scenery while hiking, try the Fish River Canyon, one of the world's largest canyons. A holiday in Namibia will dazzle, inspire and leave you breathless.
Unfortunately there are no direct flights to Namibia, although there are a range of indirect flights available from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Edinburgh. British Airways and South African Airways are among the airlines to choose from.
You can fly into two airports in Namibia. There is Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport which is 45 kilometres east of Windhoek, or Walvis Bay Airport which is 15 kilometres east of the city centre. A shuttle service can take you from the airports to the city, and you're advised to book ahead to make sure you get a smooth transfer and begin your Namibia holiday in style! Alternatively, you can always arrange to hire a car in Namibia - the roads are generally in good condition. However, you should check any special conditions the car rental company may have, and be careful about driving around at night - wildlife can suddenly take over the roads!
Finding cheap hotels in Namibia won't be too hard. The country is very affordable and with adequate homework you'll find a great hotel that's a steal. There are also a number of reliable hotel chains in the country, such as Southern Sun and Protea hotels.
Food is a very big deal throughout the country, and Namibia is particularly known for biltong, a dried, cured meat eaten throughout Southern Africa. You certainly don't have to spend too much money to eat good, traditional African cuisine in Namibia, just have a look around and ask locals for their tips on the best restaurants and cafes.
If you fancy a drink in the evening you'll need to visit the cheap and informal drinking houses known as shebeens. These offer a great way to really soak up the atmosphere and lifestyle of the country. It's also worth thinking of going on a safari while on holiday in Namibia. If you don't have much time it's advisable to book onto an organised tour - arranging this before you travel will ensure that you get the best deal.
Updated 23rd July 2014
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