The political map of Namibia shows the island boundaries, provincial/regional boundaries, national capital along with the provincial/regional capitals.
Geography of Namibia
The landscape of Namibia includes 5 geographical regions including the Namib Desert, the Central Plateau, the Bushveld, the Great Escarpment, and the Kalahari Desert. Situated in the southwest African region, Namibia is illustrated by the Namib Desert along the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. The country shares its boundaries with South Africa towards the South; Botswana towards the east, Zimbabwe towards the Northeast, Zambia, and Angola towards the North. Namibia is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean towards the West.
Demography of Namibia
The total population of Namibia as per the UN data is 2,551,591 as of Sept 2020, which is equal to 0.03% of the overall population of the country. Namibia’s population density is 3/Sqkm on the entire land area of approx. 823,290SqKm and approx. 55.2% of the entire population is urban here. Life expectancy at birth is 64.86 years for both males and females; the infant mortality rate is 27.3 deaths/1000 births; while the death rate under five in 36.3 deaths/1000 births.
Culture of Namibia
The culture of Namibia is strongly influenced by the German due to German colonization years ago. Even today, the historical monuments in Swakopmund and Luderitz indicate the existence of a German town during the 1800s; while the older segments of several towns throughout the country display structures with towers, domes, oriel windows, turrets, ornate bay windows, and embellished gables. Around 80-90% of Namibians practice Christianity; Anglican, Roman CatholicMormon, Dutch Reformed, and Methodist are also practiced in the country and approx10-20% are believers of Indigenous culture; while less than 3% are Jewish and Islam followers. The people of Namibia are quite friendly, welcoming, and entertaining; they are polite and expect the same from the visitors in return. The official language of Namibia is English; however, it is the mother tongue of only 7%of the entire Namibian population. Other Indigenous languages spoken in the country include Silozi, Rukwangali, Damara/Nama, Oshiwambo, Herero, and Setswana.
Best places to visit in Namibia
Etosha National Park
The National Park borders the huge salt pan of Etosha; the pan is normally dry and gets water only during summer that too in very limited quantity, yet it is sufficient to fuel the development of a ‘blue-green’ algae that attracts numerous flamingos in the season. The majority of the wildlife, including herds of antelope, zebra, and wildebeest can be found near the waterholes bordering the pan. Tourists love visiting the place as the park has five well-settled rest camps, offering interesting self-drive ‘safari’ practice.
Namib-Naukluft National Park
The biggest game park across Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park has both the Mountain Range of Naukluft and the Namib Desert, making the place worth visiting. The majority of the park is constructed of red sand dunes, making the sight mesmerizing, especially for the tourists. You will also be able to personally view the lunar-Esque sceneries and locate some of the significant high dunes. The most significant area of the National park is ‘Sossusvlei’, where the ‘gargantuan dunes’ increase to more than 1000 feet above the land.
Fish River Canyon Park
The largest canyon across the world, the FishRiver Canyon Park is one of the most popular Canyons due to its size and sight. Known as the ‘Visrivier Afgronde’ in Afrikaans, the canyon is made of the Fish River, the longest across Africa. You can view the beauty of the Canyon Park while hiking or alternatively, you can even hire a picturesque flight or go swimming in the river itself.
Best time to visit Namibia
The most ideal time to visit Namibia is between July through October as the temperature goes a little beyond 20°C with little chances of rain. This time is also suitable for wildlife watching, the main attraction of Namibia.