Tourism in Namibia
Namibia’s tourism is becoming an increasingly important contributor to the nation’s economy. Not only are foreign visitors an important source of foreign-exchange, but the tourism sector already employs 22% of Namibia’s workers. The government and the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) have recognized the potential of tourism for this sparsely populated country and are investing in Namibia as a top tourist destination. Quality control, sustainably and eco friendliness are high priorities for a country whose draw cards are a diverse wildlife and unspoilt, remote destinations of natural beauty. Tourism is set to benefit the conservation of pristine wilderness area and the people of Namibia.
Eco and Community-Based Tourism
Traveling in Namibia is about experiencing the outdoors. Namibia provides accommodation and camping in some of the most beautiful and untouched areas of Africa. The even better news is that many of these facilities are community run. Campsites with comfortable and eco-conscious facilities make it a pleasure to be outdoors. The night sky and the sound of the wild complete an uplifting experience. Tours and living museums add an educational and cultural aspect to the community based offerings and all the proceeds directly benefit the people of Namibia instead of private enterprises.
Its unspoilt environment is one of Namibia’s greatest assets. To make sure that Namibia’s riches are preserved for future generations the eco awards Namibia programme awards establishments who work by eco-friendly and sustainable principles. Look out for the yellow Desert Flower emblems; the rating ranges from one to five flowers.
Namibia’s conservation areas are the biggest tourist attraction of the country. Whether it is the lions and black rhinos at Etosha National Park or the dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft Park; Namibia’s tourism thrives on its wildlife and scenic beauty. The country has already protected 16.7% of Namibia’s total land area with 23 government parks and reserves and there are more exciting projects on the way. When the Sperrgebiet, the Namib-Naukluft Park, the Dorob National Park and the Skeleton Coast National Park merge into the Namib Skeleton Coast National Park, this huge conservation area will protect the entire 1 570 km of Namibia’s coastline. The conservation areas in the northeast of the country are now legally joined into the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA). The park will cover 444 000 km² which is roughly the size of Sweden and include parts of Namiba, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Bwabwata National Park, Mudumu National Park, Mamili National Park, Khaudum National Park and other conservancies in Namibia are now joined into the Peace Park.
Adventure and Extreme Sports
Extreme conditions attract extreme travellers. With its abundant sunlight, off the beaten track destinations and diverse fauna and flora Namibia is becoming increasingly appealing to adventure and specialist travellers. Namibia has some of the most challenging running and mountain biking races in the world. Untouched mountain landscapes and towering dunes attract 4×4 enthusiasts, hikers love the Naukluft Mountains, the desolate Skeleton Coast and the Fish River Canyon and the curious rock formations and cave provide many challenges for ambitious rock climbers. Those who want to try something new can go sandboarding, quad biking or sky diving, while birders and anglers will find true hot spots for their hobbies respectively. Namibia offer many challenges for the adventurous soul and the unique landscape makes any adventure in this beautiful country a once in a lifetime experience.