The name Namibia derives from the Namib Desert, a
unique geological feature renowned for the pristine and haunting
quality of landscape, which borders on the West Coast of Namibia.
Namibia borders South to Angola, West to
Botswana, Northwest to South Africa, and the Atlantic ocean is on
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Namibia is a semi desert land of
wide-open spaces. The Kunene and Okavango rivers borders on the
North east and Northwest, on the South borders the Orange river, on
the East is the Kalahari desert and on the West is the Namib desert.
The central part is known as the khomas highlands, which is a
mountainous area and the capital city Windhoek is situated there.
This country is a treasure house of divers
cultures with eleven different people groups living peaceably
together. The largest part of the population lives in rural areas.
They range from the Ovahimbas in the northwest, the Oshiwambos in
the central north, the Kavangos in the northeast to the Bushmen in
the Kalahari Desert in the east, the Damara and Herero in the
central part, to the Baster and Nama in the south.
Strong ethnic cultures are still in practice in
this country while most of the towns, like the capital city, having
a 21st century infrastructure.
Although Namibia has a population of
approximately 2 million people in total, it is rich in natural
resources. Copper and zinc mines are found in the north, uranium in
the west and diamonds in the south. Namibia’s bountiful sunshine,
abundance of wildlife, and scenic beauty makes it one of
Southern-Africa’s most sought after tourist destinations.
The north of Namibia is a malaria area and
recommended prophylaxis should be taken. The remainder of the
country poses practically no risk.
The people of Namibia are a humble, open and warm
people, who are always willing to greet you with a smile, to invite
you into their homes and to lend you a helping hand. They are a
people living of modest means.