10 Fun Facts About Namibia

Nicknamed the ‘gem of Africa’, Namibia is a wonderland of natural attractions sure to bring out the adventurer in you. We have compiled a few facts on this beautiful country to share why we think it’s so unique. If you agree, learn more about our Namibia Landscape Photography Workshop and join us in 2017! (Book before the end of 2016 and get a 5% early bird discount!)

  1. A young country, Namibia became independent in 1990. Before that it had been a German colony until it was taken over by South Africa in World War I.
  2. Namibia is the first country to include environmental protection in its constitution.
  3. The country is inhabited by an estimated 2,500 free-roaming cheetahs, the largest number in the world.
  4. Roughly 13.6% of the country’s land is protected, as a nature reserve, recreation area or game park.
  5. One of Namibia’s most iconic features, the Sossusvlei Sand Dunes, are some of the highest in the world. The tallest dune, Big Daddy, is around 325m high. The most photographed dune is Dune 45.
  6. Namibia is the second least densely populated country in the world, right behind Mongolia. At 2 million people, this country’s population is roughly the equivalent of Paris, and twice the size of the state of California in the USA.
  7. The country’s namesake, the Namib Desert, is thought to be the oldest in the world.
  8. The country is home to 13 different ethnic groups, the largest being the Owambo in the north.
  9. Namibia holds the largest population of free-roaming black rhinos.
  10. The Skeleton Coast, famous for its shipwrecks and the whale, seal, and even human skeletons that once littered its shores, is home to one of the world’s largest seal populations.

Photos by Emil von Maltitz and Nick van de Wiel

Namibia desert

Namibia desert

Dunes in Namibia

Namibia desert

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