I thought about this post for quite a while; partly because it is quite tricky to summarize the land of the brave under 5 headings, but also because the internet (and especially tourism pages on Facebook) is already bustling with similar content...
At long last, I eventually realized that some of the most important things people need to know about our country, are all represented on our National Flag. 💡
See if you agree with my notes, and feel free to add more things worth sharing about Namibia in the comment section. 😉
💛 IT'S ALWAYS BEEN YELLOW
See what I did there? 😁 Seriously though, I just had to start with the biggest thing about our country - and what is bigger that the sun?!
It's a fact, the Namibian sun shines very brightly and our average summer temperatures easily cause exhaustion and severe sunburn. Here's a few NB things to remember when it comes to our country's heat;
💛 Stay hydrated and remember to take extra water bottles along whenever you travel. In a dry country where travel distances between towns are mostly far, you really don't want to get stuck without water. Also, due to the very different climate, European tourists especially struggle with the heat, and should ensure they drink enough fluids to avoid heat strokes.
💛 Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses. These three are a must for anyone who plans to explore the Namibian outdoors. Let me put it this way; in the UK, the UV index rarely exceeds the 8 mark but in Namibia, the average UV index is 10, often reaching 12 between October and March. To learn more about our UV index and its measure, visit this website.
💛 Our long, hot roads make for great road trips, but it can come at a cost - the cost of wasted time or even vehicle repairs if you don't consider the road's temperate and the effect on your vehicle. Always make sure your vehicle is fitted with quality tyres, know the correct tyre pressure, check water and oil levels and save emergency numbers before a trip.
💙 OFF THE BEATEN PATH AND INTO THE BLUE
Although airplane safaris offer an exclusive and unique experience, the beauty of Namibia's vast and open landscapes is best experienced by road and you'll often find yourself in awe of the passing scenery, dramatically different in each region.
When planning a road trip, or simply looking for alternative routes while travelling, it's important to note the following about Namibian roads;
💙 Namibia's roads are categorized as follows: A - National tarred highways. B - National tarred routes/main roads. C (previously M) - Gravel main roads (wide, maintained by state). D - Gravel district roads (not as wide, maintained by state). F (previously P) - Proclaimed gravel farm roads (mostly maintained by farmers with gates that may be locked).
🤍 RAISING THE WHITE FLAG
Namibians are peaceful people and, as symbolized by the white on our flag, we are united in our common loyalty to our country. We are often referred to as friendly, kind citizens who take pride in sharing our colourful cultures and traditions with foreigners.
🤍 Committed to conservation and the protection of our environment, Namibia was the first country in Africa to incorporate environmental protection into its constitution. You can read more about these laws here.
🤍 More than 40% of our country is protected under official conservation management and we are the only country in the world where the entire coastline is protected through a national parks network.
💗 RICH, RED CULTURES
Proud, diverse and undeniably connected - just some of the words that accurately describe Namibian people... From the Nama people in the south to the Himba tribes in the North, we all have deep roots with a rich history that led to our country's independence.
Today, the younger generation is raising the standard and finds it easier to embrace the differences between tribal backgrounds, but most elders are still very traditional and care should be taken to respect fellow citizens. One thing we surely have in common, is a deep-rooted love for our beautiful country.
💗 If you want to learn more about the tribes and ethnicities of Namibia, we found a quick and interesting summary, just follow this link.
💚 50 SHADES OF GREEN
Although there will always be an exception to the rule, Namibians genuinely love the outdoors and will take any opportunity to get out into the veld (bush). So far, the 2020/2021 rainy season has been exceptional and our (mostly dry) landscapes are currently beautiful shades of green.
We're blessed with hundreds of camping sites throughout the country, and with lodges, guest farms or nature resorts near almost every town, day-trips provide the ideal opportunity to travel and explore on a budget.
💚 A well managed and very active Facebook page worth following is Namibia Travel & Tourism Form, a platform dedicated to sharing the latest tourism information and promoting communication in the tourism industry.
💚 Another awesome page showcasing travel discounts, and that's great for requesting recommendations, is Local Tourism Is Lekker - Namibia - surely worth a like and follow!
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