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Country Namibia – A Wildlife Haven

The country Namibia named after the Namib Desert was known as - The Land of Contrasts, The Land God Made in Anger and The Ageless Land - in the past. Bordered, in the West by the huge Atlantic Ocean, in the North by Angola and Zambia, in the East by Zimbabwe and Botswana and in the South East by South Africa; Namibia is the only country in the world, which addresses the issue of natural resource protection and conservation legally. Namibia is sparsely populated, though; internationally famous for its best quality diamonds and rich mineral deposits. 

Accommodation Options
Apart from the luxurious 5 star hotels, budget hotels, well located lodges, plush cottages and economic youth hostels and guest houses; Namibia has special provision for eco-tourists with forest reserves and resorts. Besides, guest farms, camps and apartments are also available in plenty. In general, the hotels offer comfortable well equipped rooms with facilities like pool, lounge, mini bar, restaurant and eco tours.

History
The pre-historic natives of Namibia were Damara, Namaqua, Bushmen and Bantu immigrants. Invaded by the British and the Dutch empires in the post 18th century; it became a German province in 1884. In 1920, Namibia was handed over to South Africa changing its name to South West Africa.

The apartheid policy, in 1948, faced the boycott of the native residents leading to the delegation of power to United Nations. Thus, South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) came into existence in 1973. The internal resistance surged again in 1985 making Namibia an independent nation in 1990, thereafter; changing its name from South West Africa to Namibia.

Popular Places
Namibia attracts the tourists for its wide variety of flora and fauna and its breathtaking landscapes running through plains and deserts. National parks that pull the tourist crowd and are home to many wildlife species are: Etosha National Park, Skeleton Coast Park, Fish River Canyon National Park, Mamili National Park, Bwabwata National Park and Mudumu National Park.

The major places where the travelers throng in plenty are the Caprivi Strip, Sossusvlei and Sesriem. Some of the popular towns from the tourism point of view include - Windhoek, the capital city; Walvis Bay, the port city; Swakopmund, the colonial city reminiscent of the German past and Rundu city.

Getting Around
Due to a vast network of airports, seaports, highways and railways; Namibia is conveniently accessible. There are also frequent local flights to major destinations of Namibia. One can also hire cheaply available cars from South Africa. In any case, the travelers require a local guide to explore the city. The other modes of transport are motorcycle, buses and mini buses.

Places of Entertainment
The wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy a trip to any of the national parks spotting zebras, ostriches, springboks, gemsboks, ground squirrels and many other animals. A ferry ride in Atlantic Ocean gives an opportunity to discover seals and whales. A trek to Waterberg plateau and Erongo Mountains offers the sight of wild black rhinoceros.

Mahango Game Reserve, lying amid the Caprivi Strip contains some rare bird species like pygmy geese, lilac-breasted rollers, vultures, flamingos, pelicans, raptors and kingfishers. Swakopmund is a great place for travelers interested in fishing and sand sporting.

Language(s) Spoken
The official language of Namibia is English. German, Oshiwambo and Afrikaans are the other widely spoken languages.

Currency
The official currency of Namibia is Namibian dollars (NAD). For the latest currency exchange updates, one can watch the news or read a newspaper. The currency exchange services are available in most of the hotels and commercial banks.

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