Namibia is located in the southern part of Africa, is one of the most attractive countries that you should visit at least once in your life. Ranging from a wide array of animals to fascinating landscapes, indeed Namibia provides you with breathtaking experiences whenever you visit.
Here is a list of 8 Things to know about Namibia:
IT IS A HOME TO THE WORLD’S OLDEST DESERT :
Namib desert is the oldest in the world and has been in existence for about 55 million years. Although the desert surface is devoid of water, it is marked by bisections of many dry riverbeds. You will be mesmerized to establish that there are a few angulates living within such dry riverbeds, like the Hartmann’s zebras. When you visit the southern part of the Namib desert, you will note that it is drier and the only large mammal you can see is the gemsbok, which is capable of surviving in such a harsh climate.
NAMIBIA HAS 30 LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN THE COUNTRY :
Out of these 30 languages, more than 11 are native to Namibia. Nonetheless, with its cosmopolitan nature, Namibia has languages spoken from across the world. English is the official language but, existing Namibia’s small population is very diverse in culture and language. Some of the most predominant languages include Otjiherero, RuKwangali, Afrikaans, Khoekhoegowab and Oshiwambo.
NAMIBIA HAS THE WORLD HIGHEST SAND DUNES :
Within the area of Sossusvlei, you will see the Big Daddy sand dune, which is the highest in the area. It is located between Deadvlei and Sossusvlei. The other sand dunes are shorter, and range in heights lower than 325 meters. The best experience is hiking to the top of Big Daddy and watching Deadvlei from above. Although Big Daddy is the highest in the Sossusvlei area, it is not the highest in Namibia. There is Dune 7 which is 388m high and is the tallest.
NAMIBIA HAS THE LARGEST CONCENTRATIONS OF ROCK ART IN AFRICA CONTINENT :
If you trace back the history of Namibia, you will establish that its fast inhabitants were the San (Bushmen) of the Khoisan people. They were solely hunters and gatherers traveling across the extensive plains of Sothern Africa for thousands of years. However, when armed migrants reached the area, the Bushmen were forced to move further east into the Kalahari Desert. The Bushmen have lived in Namibia for more than six thousand years and there is plenty of rock art to prove it all.
NAMIBIA HAS THE HIGHEST POPULATION OF FREE-ROAMING CHEETAHS IN THE WORLD :
If you are interested in watching cheetahs, Namibia is the best destination for you to visit. Within the cheetah conservation parks, you are likely to see one of the 3000 free-roaming cheetahs. The experience will be breathtaking and, your photography collection will be at its best.
NAMIBIA IS THE HOME TO THE SECOND-LARGEST CANYON IN THE WORLD :
When you visit the southern part of Namibia at its border with South Africa, you will see the Fish River Canyon which is the oldest in the world. It was formed about 500 million years ago through wind and water erosions, alongside the collapse of the valley floor.
THE MOST FASCINATING NAMIBIA TRIBES :
In Namibia, you will find tribes such as the Himba which is located in the Kunene Region, which strongly clings to their traditional beliefs and ways of life. They not only practice traditional religions but also eat traditional foods and wear traditional clothes. The women from the Himba tribe only wear skirts but leave their upper bodies bare. Modernism has failed to affect this tribe completely.
THE NAMIBIAN DOLLAR IS USED INTERCHANGEABLY WITH THE SOUTH AFRICAN RAND :
For anyone who would like to have a self-drive adventure within Namibia and across to South Africa, the experience will be fulfilling since both currencies are accepted in the countries. You will not have to undergo the pressure of exchanging the currencies.
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