Black Meetings and Tourism

July/August 2014

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TOP 10 REASONS TO VISIT NAMIBIA IN THE GREEN SEASON N amibia is truly awe-inspiring and full of extraor- dinary experiences any time of year. Between January and March it's considered the "Green Season" with temperate climate, short periods of light rain showers and spectacular wildlife adventures. It's an excel- lent time to visit this land of soaring dunes, spectacular con- trasting landscapes and pure, untouched natural beauty. 1. Escape the damp and dismal northern hemisphere winters, as well as the short days and long nights during the winter months. 2. Enjoy the warm sunny summer days in Namibia (average min/max temperatures over that period are 63/84 ºF and low average relative humidity of 30%). 3. When and if it rains, it is in the form of short spectac- ular afternoon thunder showers which generally only last an hour or so. 4. Experience the 'season of bounty', which includes a green and flowering desert and all forms of life looking strong and healthy. This includes spectacular birding opportunities with migratory species flocking in to enjoy this abundance. 5. Observe the main calving season for most antelope species and the resulting heightened activity among preda- tors. 6. Look out for antelope species which also tend to con- gregate in larger herds at this time of the year, allowing for great wildlife photography. 7. Breathe the air which is crisp and clean as there is very limited dust or haze in the air, allowing for great landscape photography. 8. Avoid the crowds (a relative term in Namibia) of the high season and ensure you stay at the right places because availability is good. 9. Share the excitement and enjoyment of the Namibian people at that time of year when they welcome the rains which ensure accessible good grazing for the next few months and also plentiful wild fruit and other natural treasures. 10. Take advantage of the best possible rates for high quality guided safaris. About the Namibia Tourism Board With the mandate of promoting tourism both nation- ally and internationally, ensuring the quality of accommo- dations and other tourist facilities, and developing envi- ronmentally sustainable travel practices, the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) was formed by an act of Parliament in April, 2001. It brings together both the pri- vate and public sectors and is the only national body devoted entirely to implementing the national policy on tourism. The NTB's domestic and international offices provide custom-tailored services to the members of the travel trade. F R O M T H E M O T H E R L A N D B M & T ••• July/August 2014 ••• 50 Visitors Snow Boarding down Namibia sand dune Namiban Hospitality in legendary Bushmen of Namibia Photo Credit: Jan-Dirk Hansen Photo Credit: Temistocle Lucarelli Red sand dune in the Namib desert, Namibia Zebras of the Namibia plains A heard of Wildebeest Photo Credit:Galyna Andrushko Photo Credit: Galyna Andrushko

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