Country Description - Namibia

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Published on February 25, 2014

Author: AfricaInMe



AIESEC help guide for Namibia.

SOUTH AFRICA: NAMIBIA Capital: Largest city: Languages: Demonym: Currency: Calling code: Windhoek Windhoek English Namibian Namibian dollar (NAD) +264 Namibia 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. Although it does not border with Zimbabwe, less than 200 metres of riverbed (essentially the Zambia/Botswana border) separates them at their closest points. The name of the country is derived from the Namib Desert, considered to be the oldest desert in the world. Tourism is a major activity in the country. The country is among the prime destinations in Africa and is known for ecotourism which features Namibia's extensive wildlife. In addition, extreme sports such as sandboarding, skydiving and 4x4ing have become popular, and many cities have companies that provide tours. The most visited places include the Caprivi Strip, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, the Skeleton Coast Park, Sesriem, Etosha Pan and the coastal towns of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Lüderitz. Zebras Flag

SOUTH AFRICA: NAMIBIA The country is among the prime destinations in Africa and is known for ecotourism which features Namibia's extensive wildlife. Annually, nearly one million travelers visit Namibia, with roughly one in three coming from South Africa, then Germany and finally the United Kingdom, Italy and France. Lonely Planet ranked Namibia fifth on a world-wide chart of value-for-money destinations in 2010. Windhoek the capital includes important tourist sites like: the Tintenpalast, (which is the seat of both the National Council and the National Assembly), Windhoek Country Club Resort (opened in 1995 as host to the Miss Universe 1995 and is one of the premier hotels and golf tournaments in the country), Zoo Park and other places. Walvis Bay, as the second biggest town in Namibia is geographically uniquely situated, as it is the meeting place of extreme landscapes – on the one side the Namib desert, the oldest desert in the world, and on the other side a massive lagoon and harbor flowing from the Atlantic Ocean. Both of these landscapes lend themselves towards some of the most unusual sight-seeing opportunities in Namibia. The lagoon and harbour is home to various species and large numbers of sea mammals and bird life. The Namib Desert on the other side is called "The Living Desert", because of the large number of living species found there. Swakopmund is a beach resort and an example of German colonial architecture. It was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa. Attractions include spectacular sand dunes near Langstrand south of the Swakop River. The city is known for extreme sports. Namibia also has many prominent National Parks, the oldest, most visited and best known is Etosha Pan.

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