Interesting Facts About Namibia

Namibia nicknamed the Land of the Brave is situated on the southwestern coast of Africa and bordered on the north by Angola and Zambia, on the east by Botswana, and on the east and south by South Africa. It is a country popular for its desert, sand dumes and safaris. Namibia is a tourist destination that you don’t necessarily need a visa to visit as far as you don’t stay beyond 90 days. For more information contact a Namibian Embassy nearest to you.

Facts

Population: Slightly more than 2.3 million.

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Capital City: Windhoek which means “windy corner” in Afrikaans is the country’s biggest city with around 322,000 inhabitants.

Official name: Republic of Namibia

Independence Day: March 21, 1990

Language: English (official) 7%, Afrikaans is the commonest language amongst the population and of about 60% of the white population, German 32%; indigenous languages: Oshivambo, Herero, Nama: 1%.

Literacy: The current literacy rate in Namibia is about 83%, one of the highest in Africa.

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Currency: The Namibia Dollar (N$); the Namibia Dollar and South African Rand are the only legal tender in Namibia and can be used freely to purchase goods and services.

Religion: Christian 80%–90% (Lutheran at least 50%), indigenous beliefs 10%–20%.

Country Dialing Code  +264.

Life Expectancy: 49 years

Literacy Percent: 84

Ethnicity/race: Ovambo found in Northern Namibia is the largest ethnic group  with about 50% of the total population, 9% to the Kavangos tribe; other ethnic groups are Herero 7%, Damara 7%, Nama 5%, Caprivian 4%, Bushmen 3%, Baster 2%, Tswana 0.5%.

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Namibia is the second least densely populated country on earth.

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Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s finest parks, home the Africa’s tallest elephants, the endangered black rhino, and 91 other species of mammal.

The Namib desert which means open space, is the world’s oldest desert at 80 million years.

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Stunning Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world.

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The world’s highest sand-dunes is the Sossusvle in Namibia

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Dragon’s Breath is the largest underground lake in the world.

The NamibRand Nature Reserve, one of the largest privately-owned game reserves in Africa.

The largest free-roaming cheetah population in the world is found in Namibia – estimated  to be  between 2,500 – 3,000 cheetahs.

Namibia is said to be largely free from malaria.

Namibians experience more than 300 days of sunshine per year.

The largest conservation area in Namibia is the Namib-Naukluft Park  which is also one of the largest in the world.

Source: http://blog.amanzitravel.com/