Namibia is located in southwest Africa. It is a large and sparsely populated country and has enjoyed more than a decade of stability under its founding president Sam Nujoma. It is a mainly arid country sharing borders with Angola to the north, Botswana to the east, South Africa to the south and, in the Caprivi Strip, a narrow panhandle of Namibian territory jutting from the northeast corner of the country, with Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Due to the arid conditions, Namibia offers a unique and unusual African safari experience. The desert landscape poses different challenges to wildlife. The Namibia desert elephants, for example, are unique within Africa.
Deserts occupy much of the country; their dunes take on shapes and colours according to the elements. The country also boasts game-rich grasslands and a semi-arid Central Plateau, large tracts of which are given over to livestock farming. To the west is 1280km (795 miles) of some of the most desolate and lonely coastline in the world. The port of Walvis Bay, situated roughly halfway down Namibia's coast, was returned by South Africa to Namibian jurisdiction in February 1994.
Along its entire length, the vast shifting sand dunes of the Namib Desert spread inland for 80 to 130km (50 to 80 miles). In the interior, the escarpment of a north-south plateau slopes away to the east and north into the vast interior sand basin of the Kalahari. In the far northwest, the 66,000 sq km (25,500 sq miles) of the Kaokoland mountains run along the coast, while further inland lies the Etosha Pan (a dried-out saline lake), surrounded by grasslands and bush which support a large and varied wildlife. The Etosha National Park & Game Reserve is one of the finest in Africa, in that it remains, to a large extent, free of human influence.
· Full name: The Republic of Namibia
· Population: 2 million (UN, 2005)
· Capital: Windhoek
· Area: 824,292 sq km (318,261 sq miles)
· Major languages: English (official), Afrikaans, German, Oshivambo, Herero, Nama
· Major religion: Christianity
· Life expectancy: 48 years (men), 49 years (women) (UN)
· Monetary unit: 1 Namibian dollar = 100 cents
· Main exports: Diamonds, copper, gold, zinc, lead, uranium, livestock, Tourism is also a big foreign exchange earner for Namibia
· GNI per capita: US $2,370 (World Bank, 2005)
· International dialling code: +264
Featured Namibia safari lodge maps
Kulala Desert Lodge Map, Sossusvlei
Little Kulala Map, Sossusvlei
Onguma Plains Camp Map, Etosha National Park
Damaraland Camp Map, Skeleton Coast
For a complete list of safari lodge maps, see the individual National Park maps.