10 Things You Didn’t Know About Namibia

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Namibia

On Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump erroneously referred to the southern African nation of Namibia as ‘Nambia’, a country that doesn’t exist, twice in a speech to African leaders in New York. In fact, the Namibian leader, Hage Geingob was in the room when he made the gaffe, along with heads of state from Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Guinea, Senegal and Uganda…

Here are 8 interesting facts about Namibia, so that you may never do the same!

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 It has the highest sand dunes in the world. At a whopping 325m, the Big Daddy dune in Sossusvlei is a smidge taller than The Shard in London

4 It is the 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 Etosha, Africa’s oldest national park, is our number-one tourist destination

7 It was the first African country to incorporate environmental protection into our constitution and more than 40 percent of our country is under conservation management

8 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

9 On average, visitors can bask in 300 days of sunshine each year

10 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

For more information about Namibia visit, www.namibiatourism.com.na

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