Namibia Facts and Figures
A Tourist Friendly Destination, Namibia is the 5th largest country in Africa populated by 2 million people
On the south-western Atlantic Coast of the African sub-continent,
Namibia derived its name from the Namib Desert, renown for the
pristine and haunting quality of its landscape
Once you get to the top of Dune 7 you enjoy a breathtaking view over the desert and the sea right next to it.
Not many places in the world offer this kind of view!
Namibia averages 300 days of sunshine a year!
September to April the day temperatures
in the inland vary from approximately 15°C to 35°C, whilst
the coastal regions may vary between 12°C and 22°C - at
night it may cool down considerably.
At the coast dry, hot
east weather may occur at times in the winter months.
Rainfall season occurs from October to April
December to May is good for botany, when the vegetation is green and when most plants are in flower.
There are actually more seals than people in Namibia (almost!) as Namibia is one of the least populated countries in the world (after Mongolia!)
One of best ways to experience Africa's second largest desert is by quad-bike as you feel the cool Atlantic breeze in your hair - so be sure to do the tour
Namibia has 5 perennial rivers :
the Orange River in the south
Seasonal rivers include the Fish & Nossob (tributaris of the Orange).
The Fish River is the longest river in Namibia running through
the Fish River canyon.
Flora & Fauna
Big game includes: elephant - lion - rhino - buffalo - cheetah - leopard
approx. 630 species of birds. Endemic brds include: Herero chat, Rockrunner, Damara tern, African fish eagle, Monteiros hornbill
The People of Namibia
Namibia's rich ethnic cultures are easily identified throughout the country.
Examples are the Herero women dressed in colourful Victorian-style
dresses and head dresses.
Other cultures include - the Caprivians - the Coloureds - Herero - Kavango - Owambo, Rehoboth Basters - Whites - Tswana and the San
World Heritage Sites
Twyfelfontein is Namibia's first World Heritage Site with over
2000 rock engravings in the Kunene region - this representsone
of Africa's largest and most important rock art concentrations.
Facts & Figures
Population: 2.3 million
Area: 824,292 sq km (318,261 sq miles)
Main languages: English ( officially used but not spoken by locals)
Literacy rate: Adult [15+] 88.5%, Youth [15-24] 93%
Government: stable multi-party parliamentary democracy
Economy: Agriculture, herding, tourism and the mining industry – including mining for gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, and base metals – form the backbone of Namibia's economy
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