10 Things You Didn’t Know About Namibia

Did you know the name Namibia comes from the Nama word meaning "vast place of nothingness"? Here are 10 interesting facts about Namibia for your own arsenal of trivia.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Namibia

 

NamibiaHere are 10 interesting facts about Namibia for your arsenal of trivia:

  1. The name Namibia comes from the Nama word meaning “vast place of nothingness”
  2. It is an appropriate name as Namibia is the second least densely populated country in the world, after Mongolia
  3. The country is home to the highest sand dunes in the world: at a whopping 325 metres, the Big Daddy dune in Sossusvlei is a smidge taller than The Shard in London
  4. It is home to the oldest, driest desert in the world: the Namib Desert
  5. You’ll also find the largest free-roaming population of black rhino and desert elephant, as well as 25% of the world’s cheetah in Namibia
  6. It was the first African country to incorporate environmental protection into its constitution and more than 40% of our country is under conservation management
  7. It was once a German colony, and every year The Windhoek Oktoberfest reveals a special festival beer created by Namibian Breweries in preparation for an average of 10,500 litres of beer to be drunk in the sun at the festival
  8. On average, visitors can bask in 300 days of sunshine each year
  9. It is the safest country in Africa to work in as a journalist: It remains number one in Africa in press freedom and ranks 24th out of 180 countries globally according to the World Press Freedom ranking

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Namibia Tourism Board
The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) was founded on 02 April 2001 and entrusted with a mandate from the Namibian government to market the country’s tourism industry both nationally and internationally.

 

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