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Namibia is located in Southwestern coast of Africa. It has a population of just over 2.2 million. The land area covers 318,259 square miles (similar in size to Mozambique and Nigeria). Formerly, Namibia was known as Deutsch-Sudwestafrika, then South West Africa until it became the Republic of Namibia in 1990. Explorers such as Bartholomew Dias and Diogo Cao discovered Namibia in 1486.
Its Capital is Windhoek, and the languages spoken are English, German, Bantu, Khoisan, and Afrikaans. The most unique feature of Namibia is its space. Miles and miles of deserts with the most spectacular sunsets imaginable.
It has a very strong German influence, and a magnificent coastline with charming little towns speckled all over. Namibia - like South Africa - enjoys a stable democracy.
Namibia's main source of income is mining. Currently Namibia is the fourth largest producer of Uranium. The country is said to become the largest exporter of uranium by 2015.
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This country is all about wildlife. From its many National Parks to its deserts, and wetlands, hundreds of mammals are found around here. It is easy to see why Namibia is a popular destination for tourists.
The San, a small ethnic group numbering 30,000, found in Kavango with the Haikom and Juhoansi the largest groups, are also a known attraction for tourists.
Visitors to Namibia
There are a couple of very nice attractions for tourists around Namibia. Places like its well known game reserve, Etosha National Park with its huge herds of Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Gemsbok, Springbok, and other wild animals.
Then there is Sossusvlei known for hosting the highest sand dunes in the world with Namibia's most scenic attractions found here. This place is truly a photographer's dream with its spectacular array of colors, that you find during sunrise and sunset.
Did we mention Namibia's playground for tourists and locals? - We are talking about Swakopmund. The ideal places for a little adventure. A small German town with palm trees lining the streets, restaurants, cafes, museums, art galleries, and seaside promenades.
Then, there is the famous Caprivi in the northeast region of Namibia. It is a 400km stretch with a finger-like protruding piece of land. It is known to be the wettest region of Namibia, with the most extensive wetlands and rivers like the Zambezi and the Okavango.
Here in Namibia you will probably find the largest stretch of sand in the world. The Kalahari desert, that is technically speaking not a real desert. It is full of shrubs, camelthorn, acacias, red ebony, and other tree varieties. It has a truly spectacular view in springtime, when the plains are covered in flowers and grass.
Namibia truly caters for all, in that it offers various safari and tour packages to suit everyone's budget. You are bound to see sights that you have not experienced before. From its well known game parks to its desert plains, and the main cities, it holds some promising views that will never be forgotten. The people of the land are practical and easy to get along with.