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Nawa! Digu Naobeb Chief Executive Officer Namibia ToTourism Board TRAVEL NAMIBIAIBIAIBIAIBIA magazine is published for the Namibia Tourism Board by Travel Africa Ltd. This edition was published on November 12, 2007 Travel Africa Ltd., 4 Rycote Lane F arm, Milton Common, Oxford, OX9 2NZ, United Kingdom n Tel: +44 (0)1844 278883 n Fax: +44 (0)1844 278893 n Email: namibia@travelafricamag.com n www.travelafricamag.com n Publisher Craig Rix n Editor Mary Askew n Designer Lisa Duke n Sales Manager Dave Southwood n Customer Services Sherry Rix n Managing Director Iain Wallace n Accounts Zena Hancy Cover photograph by Mary Askew Editorial Contents Travel Namibia 1 Welcome to Travel Namibia, a magazine which aims to inspire you to visit our country – to climb the world’s highest dunes at Sossusvlei, marvel at its ancient history, track rare rhinos in Damaraland, and enjoy time with us, the people of Namibia. Everywhere you go, from the top of the Brandberg mountain to the depths of Fish River Canyon, you will find Namibians who are intensely proud of their nation, with its pristine empty deserts, fascinating towns and abundant wildlife. T his edition of Travel Namibia is all about driving yourselves through the country, which I believe is the best way of discovering what Namibia is really all about. Taken carefully, our roads are safe and easy to navigate – all 42,000 kms of them. And, while so much of Namibia can be reached on good tar road, once you have grown in confidence behind the wheel there are fabulous adventures to be had off-road and on minor routes. S o read on and enjoy planning your trip. I promise, once you drive Namibia, you will truly understand the meaning of the expression ‘the freedom of the open road’. n Travel Namibia Self-drive special issue 4 Making tracks D Discovering Sossusvlei Dunes at dawn 6 Namibia highlightsts Chris McIntyre picks his favourite spots 10 Drive time! H Hamilton Wende gets behind the wheel and tours Namibia 21 Itineraries Where to go, when to go and where to stay 28 Dune driver Off-road and over the towering dunes of the Namib Desert The Mechanicscs Packed with advice and information for your self-drive trip 32 What to drive 4WD or 2WD? Your questions answered. 34 Have kidsds, will travel One family’s incredible road trip through Africa. 36 EssEssEssential Namibia A All you need to know about weather, money, health, red tape and much more 38 Trip tipsps T Top advice from previous Namibian safaris 42 What to pack F From book and maps to medical kits and camping equipment 48 ReaR VieW Distribution Travel Namibia is distributed free of charge by the Namibia Tourism Board. To receive a copy, please contact the Tourism Board office nearest you. Namibia Tourism Board www.namibiatourism.com.na Namibia: Ground Floor, Sanlam Centre, Cnr. Of Fidel Castro & Werner List St, Private Bag 13244, Windhoek, Namibia n Tel: +264 61 2906000 n Fax: +264 61 254848 n info@namibiatourism.com.na UKUK : Namibia Tourism Board, c/o AMAMG Ltd, Suite 200 Parkway House, Sheen Lane, London SW14 8LS n Tel: +44 (0) 0870 330 9333 n Fax: +44 (0) 20 8878 9124 n info@namibiatourism.co.uk 32 21 10 42