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Namibia at a glance


Namibia boasts a variety of interesting and fascinating facts, showcasing a destination whose treasures are just waiting to be discovered! Brush up on your Namibian knowledge with these interesting snippets…

National parks, communal conservancies and private game reserves cover about 45% of protected land in Namibia – an area the size of Germany!

• Etosha National Park stretches across 22 000 km²

• 75% of mammal species of Southern Africa occur in Namibia, including 14 endemic species;

• Namibia is home to the world’s oldest desert, the Namib Desert;

• The Zambezi Region (formerly known as the Caprivi Strip) is considered one of Africa’s top 10 birding destinations;

• The Zambezi Region (formerly known as the Caprivi Strip) is where four countries meet: Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana;

• The world’s largest free-roaming cheetah population is found in Namibia;

• Namibia is one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries. Just over 2.3 million people live in a country more than twice the size of Germany;

• Twyfelfontein was declared Namibia’s first UNESCO world heritage site in 2007;

• Namibia is a land that is blessed with over 300 days of sunshine annually;

• The Welwitschia, often called “living fossil” is a plant endemic to the Namib Desert and is said have the longest lifespan, ranging between 450-1500 years;

• The Namib Sand Sea is the second UNESCO World Heritage site for Namibia. This area comprises a large part of the Namib Naukluft Park which includes favourite tourist destinations such as Sossusvlei and Sandwich Harbour;

• 84% of the Namib Sand Sea is covered by shifting sand dunes;

• There are 16 types of dunes in the Namib Sand Sea;

• 16 endemic species reside in the Namib Sand Sea;

• The world’s largest cave system, called the Arnhem caves is found 120km east of Windhoek;

• Namibia is home to the world’s largest underground lake called Dragon’s Breath, 46km northwest of Grootfontein;

• There are 17 designated land crossing points in Namibia from its neighbouring countries;

• The Hoba Meteorite this massive, almost rectangular block of iron discovered near Grootfontein in 1920 is by far the largest intact meteorite know on earth;

• The Brukkaros ‘Crater’ yielded a fossil of one of the oldest angiosperm (flowering plants) ever found, a flower with five petals, dating back 75 million years;

• The Fish River Canyon is the second largest natural canyon worldwide; For further information regarding this African gem, contact the Namibia Tourism Board on (021) 422 3298.