Namibia nicknamed as “The Land of the Brave” is situated in Southern Africa, she shares borders with South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and the Atlantic Ocean. The country is an 11-hour flight from England and a 3-hour flight from Johannesburg, South Africa. The nation has a population of 2.3 million people according to the 2016 census. The capital city of the land is Windhoek, which means ‘windy corner’ in the Afrikaans language, it is also the country’s largest city with 326.000 inhabitants. Formerly a colony of Germany, Namibia was administered by South Africa under a League of Nations mandate after WWI, and usurped as a province of South Africa after WWII.
Namibia is almost as big as half of Alaska, which is pretty huge with most parts of the country laying on a high plateau. The central plateau is over 2,000 meters/2,650 ft. high and borders the Skeleton Coast with the Namib Desert in the West, the Orange River in the South and the Kalahari Desert in the East. This desert stretches along the eastern border of the country and is varied in vegetation. Some parts are very dry and desert-like whereas others have more grassland and mountainous and rocky regions.
Since the country is a former colony of the Germans, there are still many Germans living in this Southern African country. In some towns like Swakopmund, Lüderitz and Walvis Bay you will not only find German names on shops, menus and signs. However English, Afrikaans as well as indigenous African languages are also widely spoken. Namibia dishes comprises mostly seafood but the countryside also enjoys a variety of farm produce such as lamb, beef and ostriches.
What don’t you know:
- Namibia is the second least densely populated country on earth.
- The Owambo which live mainly in the northern parts of Namibia, are the biggest tribe.
- The Namib Desert stretches along the Atlantic ocean over 1,000 km/621 miles. This desert is considered the oldest desert in the world and has been arid for more than 55 million years.
Must see places:
- Lüderitz and Swakopmund: Explore the colonial history
- Orange River and Fish River: Canoe or hike in the canyons
- Etosha Pan and the North: Great for wildlife viewing