Namibia

 

 

 

Granted independence in 1990, this former German colony still echoes the past in towns such as Swakopmund and the city of Windhoek. The European heritage can been seen in many old buildings and is sometimes referred to as the Bavaria of the South.

 

The greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia is the Etosha National Park. When rain falls during the wet season in Angola, the water winds it’s way south via the Ekuma River, one of the three rivers that supply a majority of water to the pan. The other two rivers are the Oshigambo River and Omurambo Ovambo River. Ekumo is an ephemeral river that occasionally flows, or forms pools, during the rainy season. It originates from the southern shores of Lake Oponono and is 250 kilometres long.

 

There is an abundance of game in Etosha National Park, showcasing some of the most common and rarest wildlife species. Home to some of the largest Elephant in Africa due to the vitamins and nutrients found in the ground, the endangered black rhino, lion, giraffe and even leopard. Birders will love the rainy season in Etosha. After good rains the salt pan fills with water attracting a cloud of flamingos. More than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park. Among the migratory species, is the European bee-eater. The game reserve is also home to the world’s largest bird, the Ostrich, and the heaviest flying bird, the Kori bustard.

 

As an Australian, you can visit Namibia for tourism purposes for up to 3 months a year without a visa. For other visits you'll need to get a visa in advance.