Namibia Tours

The Skeleton Coast and more

Ready for adventure with one of our Namibia tours? From the Namib Desert that runs the length of the country to the Central Plateau divided between rugged mountain ranges and sand-filled valleys and the vast Kalahari Desert, a private Namibia tour is ideal for the intrepid traveler.

For a predominantly arid country, Namibia boasts one of the greatest and most unique wildlife populations in the world.

In the Etosha National Park, huge herds of Springbok, gemsbok, zebra, lion, cheetah and the elusive leopard, gather at waterholes and are spotted easily against the stark white background of the immense salt pans.

Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast represents one of the largest seal reserves in the world.

Namibia tours offer a unique insight into various cultures – at least 11 major ethnic groups that can be witnessed in dress, language, art, music and food, creating a diversely beautiful collage.

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 History of Namibia

Did you know that Namibia was once known as the German South West Africa? This was the name given when Namibia was colonized by Germany in the late 19th century.

Germany was keen to hunt elephants that lived on the land for their ivory.

During colonization, disagreements occurred between two ethnic groups, the Namas and the Hereros.

The Schutztruppes, a German protective force, were brought into the country to calm the conflict. Large numbers of indigenous people were killed during this time.

Diamonds were discovered in Namibia in 1908, which caused further unrest in the country and caused Namibia to end up in martial law until 1919.

As mandated by the League of Nations, the Union of South Africa took over Namibia’s administration until the United Nations (UN) was formed, and the country went into UN Trusteeship.

Namibia gained independence in 1990. Dr Sam Nujoma was the first president of the country. Despite being home to a vast desert, the country has much to offer, and Namibia tours have greatly helped the economy.

 Namibia's Culture

You will notice a strong German cultural influence during your Namibia tours, from the architecture to the language, food and entertainment.

Even so, the majority of Namibia are part of the Bantu ethnic group, which includes the Ovambo and Herero communities who make up modern Namibia.

Another part of the population are Khoisan, who include the San, the Nama and the Damara peoples.

You can still see San and Himba peoples living very traditional, nomadic lives in more remote and wild areas of Namibia, such as Tsumkwe and Kaokoveld.

During one of our Namibia vacations you might witness the popular drumming culture and traditional dances during the country’s festivals and celebrations, accompanied by horn trumpets, gourds, marimbas, strings and flutes.

German choral music also has been adopted in the country.

English is the official language of Namibia, yet the most popular language spoken is Afrikaans. Most Namibian people speak their tribal languages. German is also spoken.

 Cuisine of Namibia

The traditional hunter-gatherer people in Namibia lived off fruits, nuts and bulbs and it is understandable why as Namibia is home to some wonderfully unique and seasonal ingredients!

During one of our private Namibia tours, try the Swakopmund green asparagus from September to April, the Kalahari Truffles in May/June, and Omajowa, large fleshy mushrooms that grow after the February rains.

You can also enjoy Luderitz Oysters all year around.

Outdoor cooking and the Braaivleis (meat barbeque) is part of the Namibian culture!

Popular meats include beef, lamb, ostrich, springbok and gemsbok, but you can also develop your taste buds for bird and crocodile meat during one of our Namibia vacations.

Seafood, including Rock Lobster and the southern African fish, Kabeljou, can also be enjoyed.

Don’t forget to try:

  • Potjiekos: a spicy chicken/fish stew that is cooked in a cast iron, three-legged pot over coals.
  • Brötchen: filled crisp bread rolls, usually with cheese, meat or salad.
  • Landjäger: a traditional German sausage snack of smoked pork and beef.
  • Biltong: spiced dried meat.
  • Droewors/Boerewors: spicy dried sausage.
  • Wiener schnitzel: thinly cut veal that has been breaded and deep fried and a typical German settler dish
  • Harslag/Pluck: a dish made up of the heart, lungs, livers and kidneys of animals, cooked with potato and onions in a sweet and sour sauce, or with cinnamon, chillies and cloves.
  • Afval: tripe (offal), usually prepared as a curry.
  • Mopane worms: not for weak stomachs, these fried caterpillars are considered a delicacy.
  • Kapana: barbequed red meat, usually served with peppers, onions and sauce, sold streetside.

 

Top Namibia Travel Tips – Cuisine:

  • Taste the world-renowned Windhoek Beer! Brewed from malted barley and hops, it is manufactured in strict compliance with German Purity Law, Reinheitsegebot.
  • As you travel in Namibia, don’t miss Springer chocolates, a famous and delicious brand from Windhoek.

 

The Enchanting Travels team is happy to help you plan unique private and tailor-made Namibia tours. 

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