Country Description - Namibia
AIESEC help guide for Namibia.
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Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Country Description - Namibia
SOUTH AFRICA: NAMIBIA
Namibian dollar (NAD)
Namibia is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the
Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the
north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east.
Although it does not border with Zimbabwe, less than 200 metres of
riverbed (essentially the Zambia/Botswana border) separates them at
their closest points. The name of the country is derived from the Namib
Desert, considered to be the oldest desert in the world.
Tourism is a major activity in the country. The country is among the
prime destinations in Africa and is known for ecotourism which
features Namibia's extensive wildlife. In addition, extreme sports such
as sandboarding, skydiving and 4x4ing have become popular, and
many cities have companies that provide tours. The most visited
places include the Caprivi Strip, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, the
Skeleton Coast Park, Sesriem, Etosha Pan and the coastal towns of
Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Lüderitz.
SOUTH AFRICA: NAMIBIA
The country is among the prime destinations in Africa and is
known for ecotourism which features Namibia's extensive
wildlife. Annually, nearly one million travelers visit Namibia,
with roughly one in three coming from South Africa, then
Germany and finally the United Kingdom, Italy and France.
Lonely Planet ranked Namibia fifth on a world-wide chart of
value-for-money destinations in 2010.
Windhoek the capital includes important tourist sites like: the
Tintenpalast, (which is the seat of both the National Council and
the National Assembly), Windhoek Country Club Resort
(opened in 1995 as host to the Miss Universe 1995 and is one
of the premier hotels and golf tournaments in the country), Zoo
Park and other places.
Walvis Bay, as the second biggest town in Namibia is
geographically uniquely situated, as it is the meeting place of
extreme landscapes – on the one side the Namib desert, the
oldest desert in the world, and on the other side a massive
lagoon and harbor flowing from the Atlantic Ocean. Both of
these landscapes lend themselves towards some of the most
unusual sight-seeing opportunities in Namibia.
The lagoon and harbour is home to various species and
large numbers of sea mammals and bird life. The Namib Desert
on the other side is called "The Living Desert", because of the
large number of living species found there.
Swakopmund is a beach resort and an example of German
colonial architecture. It was founded in 1892 as the main
harbour for German South-West Africa. Attractions include
spectacular sand dunes near Langstrand south of the Swakop
River. The city is known for extreme sports.
Namibia also has many prominent National Parks, the oldest,
most visited and best known is Etosha Pan.