Brief Facts About Namibia

Namibia is a gem of the world. Speaking of gems, they are the mass-producers of the best diamonds in the world. The people belong in different races that have different practices; as a result Namibia has nine major languages.

  • is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east.
  • Agriculture, herding, tourism and the mining industry – including mining for gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, and base metals – form the basis of Namibia’s economy.
  • Being situated between the Namib and the Kalahari deserts, Namibia is the country with the least rainfall in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Namibia’s Coastal Desert is one of the oldest deserts in the world. Its sand dunes, created by the strong onshore winds, are the highest in the world.
  • Namibia is the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa and depends largely on groundwater.
  • Namibia is one of few countries in the world to specifically address conservation and protection of natural resources in its constitution.
  • Etosha National Park is Namibia’s top wildlife destination. Etosha is home to Africa’s tallest elephants, the endangered black rhino, and 91 other species of mammal. Etosha is especially popular with photographers in the dry season who flock to the waterholes (along with the wildlife).
  • The Skeleton Coast derives its macabre name from the skeletons of thousands of ships, whale bones and seal bones that litter the desert along this treacherous coastline.
  • The Namib desert is the oldest desert in the world, and the central section of this great desert is where you find the Namib Naukluft park. If you’ve been attracted to Namibia by images of startlingly beautiful sand dunes, this is where you’ll find them.
  • The Fish River Canyon is Africa’s largest canyon, thought to have formed about 500 million years ago. The canyon is located in southern Namibia, on the border with South Africa. The Fish River has carved out over 160 km’s of rock (100 miles), and some of the canyon walls are over half a kilometer high.

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