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Namibia is a country of compelling beauty, abundant sunshine, and a feeling of unconfined space. With its unspoilt landscapes and large variety of game, Namibia is one of the larger countries in Africa, and draws an increasing number of visitors from various parts of the globe.

A sense of freedom is generated by the wide horizons, the clear unpolluted skies and a population density which is among the lowest in the world. This feeling of tranquillity and stillness combines with a landscape which is singular in it's colours, full of contrasts of light and shade. In addition, the diversity of it's people creates a rich blend of cultures and traditions. The population is composed of several different ethnic groups, including the San, the Khoi-Khoi, the Herero, and the Ovambo as well as the small European population, largely Germans and Afrikaners.

Namibia has a colourful and turbulent history. In the mid-19th century, German missionaries opened up the interior, paving the way for traders who came later. The annexation of the country by Germany in 1884 accounts for the distinctive German architecture and traditions. As a nation, however, Namibia is relatively young, having gained its independence after prolonged struggles only in March of 1990.

It gets quite hot between December to February, but because of its high altitude, humidity is low and nights are pleasantly cooled by a light breeze. It does rain quite heavily in summer but the evaporation rate is extremely high so it does not stay damp for long. Winters can get very cold at night with some frost in low lying areas, but the days are warm, sunny and cloudless.

Namibia is the first country in the world to include protection of the environment and sustainable utilisation of wildlife in its constitution. About 15,5% of the country has been set aside as National Parks. In these areas, rare and endangered species of animals, birds and plant life are preserved and protected. Most of the African game species are well represented in Namibia, with the largest concentration in the Etosha National Park. Wilderness and modern amenities co-exist happily in this land of vivid contrasts.
Windhoek

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital city and lies in the heart of the central highlands in an airy basin surrounded by rolling mountains. It has a combination of innovative modern constructions and old German colonial buildings. As capital cities go, this is one of the safest and most relaxed in Southern Africa and a perfect place to start or finish a Namibian holiday. Windhoek is a bustling, cosmopolitan city with good Windhoek Hotels, sophisticated shops and convivial bistros. Stately buildings range from the home of Namibia's parliament, to the newly founded Hero's Acre. Day tours can be undertaken into Katutura, several museums in Windhoek, the National Library, National Archives, National Art Gallery and the National Botanical Gardens.

Just 15kms outside Windhoek is the Daan Viljoen Game Reserve, perfect for relaxing and game viewing. At Gross Barmen Hot springs Resort, 90km from the capital, one can relax in baths of steaming spring water. A must for avid rock climbers is Spitzkoppe, between Windhoek and Swakopmund, often referred to as the Matterhorn of Namibia.

Travelling Southwest from Windhoek, several dramatic and scenic drives link the central region to the coast. The longest, highest and most popular route is the Gamsberg pass, running down the escarpment and through the Namib Desert, taking the traveller past the Kuiseb River and Kuiseb Canyon.

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Namibia is a country of compelling beauty, abundant sunshine, and a feeling of unconfined space. With its unspoilt landscapes and large variety of game, Namibia is one of the larger countries in Africa, and draws an increasing number of visitors from various ...

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Country name: Republic of Namibia
Area: 825,418 km˛
Population: 1.8 million
People: 86% African (50% Owambo, 9% Kavango, 7% Herero, 7% Damara, 5% Nama, 4% Caprivian, 3% San, 2% Baster, 0.5% Tswana), 7.4% mixed, 6.6% white
Language: English, Afrikaans, German, Herero
Religion: Christian, Lutheran and native
Government: Republic
Head of State: President Sam Nujoma
GDP: US$6.6 billion
GDP per capita: US$4,100.00
Annual Growth: 2%
Inflation: 7%
Major Industries: Mining (diamond, lead, tin,  zinc, silver, tungsten, uranium, copper), meat packing, fish processing, dairy products,  millet, sorghum, livestock, fish.
Main Trading Partners: UK, South Africa, Spain, Japan, Germany, USA.
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