The country is an immense and magical land, sculpted by tectonics, heat, water and ice gorging its way through to low lying areas. The name ‘Namibia’ was originally derived from the Namib desert, Namib meaning “vast” in the language of the region’s indigenous population, the Nama.
At 60 million years old, the Namib Desert is home to incredibly innovative insects, desert adapted mammals and bizarre plants. An example being the Oryx which utilizes an adapted vessel system in its nose, in order to cool down blood before entering the brain, allowing the mammal to survive in daily temperatures exceeding 45 degrees Celsius.
Being the second largest Southern African country, Namibia supports a vast and extremely diverse landscape across an area of 824,000 square kilometers, making it almost four times the size of the United Kingdom!
Namibia’s diverse landscape not only supports four of the five animals in the ‘Big 5’ but is also is home to endemic plant species only found in Namibia and parts of Angola. The region and its people are representative of conservative success and Namibia was the first African country to integrate environmental protection into its constitution. The success of this integration can be clearly seen through thriving populations of cheetah, lion, black rhino and zebra.
In an effort to protect the country’s wildlife and natural beauty, national parks totaling 15 percent of Namibia’s area have been protected by the government. Tourism has largely contributed to Namibia’s conservative successes by generation of sustainable income for local communities, and the country happily welcomes over one million tourists each year. The team at OrbiTrav are very proud to be able to contribute to the Namibian tourism market and look forward to helping further sustainability for countless years ahead.