Located in the southern part of Africa, is this lovely country called Namibia. She shares her western border with the Atlantic Ocean, Angola and Zambia flank her north side, Botswana lays to her East and South Africa to her south and east.
She gained her independence from South Africa on March 21st, 1990, her capital is called Windhoek, it happens to be her largest city. She has a population of about 2.1 million. Her official language is English but languages like Afrikaans, German, Rukwangali, Silozi, Setswana, Damara, Herero and Oshwambo are all widely recognized.
Her economy has its back bone built on the yields of her Agricultural activities, herding, tourism and mining of gems such as Diamond, Uranium, Gold, Silver and base metals.
Owing to the fact that Namibia is situated between the Namib and Kalahari deserts, she is the country with the least amount of rainfall in sub-Saharan Africa. The climatic conditions in Namibia can at best be described as Arid.
Namibia is well known for ecotourism which show cases Namibia’s extensive wildlife, and for that she has been named the 5th best tourist destination in the world.
Her capital city Windhoek holds some important tourist sites, they include: the Tintenpalast which happens to be the seat of both the National council and the National Assembly. There’s also a Windhoek Country Club Resort which was the venue of the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 1995. There’s also a zoo park where a broad spectrum of wildlife can be watched.
The second biggest city in Namibia is called Walvis Bay, built with extreme landscapes. On one side of this city is the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world; and on the other side is a massive lagoon and harbor flowing from the Atlantic Ocean. These two are landscapes so unique, they avail an unusual sight seeing experience. The lagoon and its harbor make home to a large variety of sea mammals and bird life; on the other hand the Namib Desert which is called “The Living Desert” houses a large number of living species.
Available also in Walvis Bay are water related tourist activities like shore angling, boat angling, and shark angling. One is also availed the opportunity of photographic boat cruises, sea kayaking, wind and kite surfing and many more.
Namibia has many national parks, the oldest is called Etosha Pan, and others include: Namib-Naukluft, Skeleton Coast, Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park with Fish River Canyon and Ai-Ais Hot Springs and Waterberg Plateau Park.
Namibians are very hospitable people, they are also very peaceful. The nation’s economy keeps growing by the day and the standards of living keeps improving. Despite her remote-like nature, she (Namibia) has an advanced transportation network, of sea ports, airports, railways and highways that would make touring a delight. Good food abounds in abundance, both local and continental dishes, her music richly rooted in her culture. Namibia’s desert ambience makes it one top tourist destination for the adventurous.