Namibia

by Chris McIntyre

Namibia

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Namibia is a land of bewitching variety: from the warm, rust-red sands of the Kalahari to the wild waves that pound the formidable Skeleton Coast; from the elegant German architecture of Swakopmund to the simple mud huts of the Himba people. Its endless roads make it eminently accessible to independent travellers. Equipped with a car, they can explore deserted diamond-mining towns, ponder ancient engravings at Twyfelfontein, marvel at herds of zebra at Etosha's great saltpan, and tuck into ultra-fresh oysters at Walvis Bay. Now in its fifth edition, this is the most established guide on the market, with in-depth coverage of wildlife, environment, history and culture, plus invaluable practical advice for Namibia veterans and Africa novices alike.

About the author

Chris McIntyre went to Africa in 1987, after reading physics at Queen's College, Oxford. He taught with VSO in Zimbabwe for almost three years and travelled extensively, before co-authoring the UK's first guide to Namibia and Botswana for Bradt Travel Guides.

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I am preparing for our upcoming 4 week self driving trip through Namibia and have read several travel guides in German and English. Chris McIntyre's travel guide to Namibia is by far the best and most detailed one. This book gives you all up to date and inside information you need to know. I do highly recommend this book (combined with internet research) for any traveler understanding the English language. A big thumbs up to Chris by Chris :-)
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Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Part One General Information
History, Politics and Economy
History; Economy
People and Culture
Population overview; Ethnic groups; Language; Education; Religion; Arts, crafts and culture
The Natural Environment
Physical environment; Flora and fauna; Conservation
Planning and Preparation
When to go and highlights; How to travel and costs; Organising your trip; Getting there and away; Red tape; Money and banking; What to take; Accommodation; Food and drink; Shopping; Communications and media; Giving something back
Health and Safety
Health; Safety
Getting around Namibia
Driving; By air; By rail; By bus; Local transport; Hitchhiking
Camping and Walking in the Bush
Camping; Walking; Canoeing; Minimum impact
Part Two The Guide
Windhoek
History; Getting there and away; Orientation; Getting around; Tourist information and tour operators; Where to stay; Where to eat; Entertainment and nightlife; Shopping; Sports facilities; Other practicalities; What to see and do
The Central Corridor
West from Windhoek: to the coast; East from Windhoek; South from Windhoek
The Southern Kalahari and Fish River Canyon
Mariental; Hardap Dam Recreational Resort; East of Mariental and the B1: the Kalahari; The road from Mariental to Keetmanshoop; Keetmanshoop; The Deep South; Fish River Canyon
Lüderitz and the Southwest
The roads to Lüderitz; Lüderitz; Excursions from Lüderitz; Sperrgebiet National Park, North of the B4
The Namib-Naukluft National Park
History; Flora and fauna; NamibRand Nature Reserve; Naukluft Mountains; Sesriem and Sossusvlei area; Solitaire area; The park's northern section
Swakopmund and Walvis Bay Area
History; Swakopmund; Walvis Bay; Around the towns
The Skeleton Coast
Flora and fauna; National West Coast Recreational; Area; Skeleton Coast Park: the south; Skeleton; Coast Park: the north
The Kunene Region
Southern Damaraland; Northern Damaraland; Kaokoland
Etosha National Park
Background information; Practical information; What to see and do
Highlands south of Etosha
Omaruru; Otjiwarongo; Waterberg Plateau; Park; Outjo; Kamanjab
The Triangle and Bushmanland
Otavi; Tsumeb; Grootfontein; Bushmanland
Ovamboland
Tsumeb to Ondangwa; Ondangwa; Ongwediva; Oshakati; Oshakati to Ruacana; Ruacana
Rundu and the Caprivi Strip
Kavango Region; Excursions into Botswana; Caprivi Region
Appendices
Wildlife Guide
Language
Further Information
Index
List of Maps (alphabetical)
Administrative areas; Bwabwata East National Park; Bushmanland; Caprivi Strip; Central Corridor; Damaraland; Eastern Caprivi's wetlands; Etosha National Park; Etosha NP: east; Fish River Canyon & hiking trail; Gobabis; Grootfontein; Hardap Dam; Henties Bay; Highlands south of Etosha; Kaokoland; Katima Mulilo; Keetmanshoop; Khaudum National Park; Lüderitz & the southwest; Lüderitz Peninsula; Lüderitz; Malaria distribution; Mariental; Mohembo, Shakawe & Tsodilo Hills; Namibia; Namib-Naukluft area; Namib-Naukluft NP: northern section; Okahandja; Omaruru; Ondangwa; Opuwo; Oshakati; Otjiwarongo; Outjo; Ovamboland; Popa Falls & Mahango NP; Rehoboth; Ruacana area & Falls; Rundu; Sesriem & Sossusvlei area; Southern Kalahari & Fish River; Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Around; Swakopmund; Skeleton Coast, The; Triangle & Bushmanland, The; Triangle area, The; Tsumeb; Tsumkwe; Walvis Bay; Waterberg Camp & short trails; Windhoek, around; Windhoek, central; Windhoek, Independence Avenue; Windhoek, orientation