Namibia, the name storms from the Namib desert (considering that 80 percent of the country is made up of the desert), which is one of the world’s oldest deserts. It is a place of diversity, ranging from animals to the people. It is the second least densely populated country in the world with a population of about 2 million people. Despite its low population, the country is still home to 13 different ethnic groups-amazing right! including Himba people. This is a special group of people whose traditions and ways of living have changed a little despite the country having gained independence.
The red ocher cream that they apply to their skin serves as a natural sunscreen, insect repellent, cleanser, deodorant and moisturizer, 5 in 1 awesome! Overall, they are very much welcoming to tourists and visitors. Visiting them should absolutely be part of one’s adventurous journey, to experience a fascinating and ancient way of living in the 21st century. Namibia is home to a variety of wild animals, including 114 mammal species and 340 bird species.
Most of them are held in one of the largest game reserves in the world, the Etosha national park. With the aid of the cheetah conservation fund, the country is home to about 2500-3000 cheetahs. Other mammals in Etosha National Park include lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, wildebeests, hyenas, mountain and plains zebras, springboks, kudus, gemsboks and eland. Among the smaller species you will find jackals, bat-eared fox, warthogs, honey badgers and ground squirrels.
The country hosts the most exquisite geological features in the world, ranging from the largest desert in the world to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei and the wild coastline, known as the skeleton coast. It gets its name from the whale and seal skeletons that once littered the beach , however as it is one is more likely to find skeletal remains of shipwrecks. The beautiful view above is proof. The desert Namibia has some of the highest and most spectacular sand dunes in the world, in some places reaching to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, creating one of the most surreal sights. Blonde or orange color of the sand is in stark contrast with the infinite blue of the sea in a picture that takes your breath away.
The best vantage point is none other than the town Swakopmund, the largest coastal city in the country but also one of the beautiful places that crowds gather. The origins of the city are Germans, while stands the old German neighborhood in the city center, making it even more the contrast observed by the visitor to the landscape. Above all what is so inspirational about Namibia, is the people, the caring, sympathy and care we have for one another, the willingness to work hard to maintain a living.
The peace we maintain, despite the different ethnic groups present in the country. The nation is an oasis of peace and stability, it effectively confronted and overcame the challenges that may cause widespread conflict. Political parties of Namibia have displayed willingness to work together in the national interest despite the differences, now that is amazing.
by Dortea Nehemia