Interesting facts about Namibia

Posted on Nov 28, 2022      156

Desert African country Namibia does not boast a lush greenery, a wealth of natural subsoil, or exciting safari tours on the savannah. But there is a wonderful desert, harsh and beautiful. It occupies a considerable part of the state’s territory, and people have long ago learned to coexist with it.

Interesting Facts about Namibia

1. The motto of the state - “Unity, Liberty, Justice”.

2. The canyon of the Namibian Fish River is the second largest on the planet, second and with only to the American Grand Canyon.

3. Namibia ranks fifth in the world in the number of people infected with immunodeficiency virus - over 15% of the adult population).

4. Namibia has one of the largest uranium mines on Earth.

5. Namibia is one of the richest countries in Africa, but it is also one of the worst countries in the world in terms of income equality. According to UN statistics, nearly 35% of Namibians have less than a dollar a day to survive, and another almost 56% have less than two dollars.

6. Namibia has a road network of almost 65,000 kilometers, of which only 5,000 kilometers are paved. The traffic is left-handed.

7. One of the major attractions of Namibia is the Skeleton Coast National Park. Apart from the multitude of animals and birds, there is also an abandoned oil rig with cormorants nesting on it, a broken ship hull, a unique waterfall in the desert and the dunes, which rumble in the wind like an aircraft engine - the noise can be heard several kilometers away.

8. Another national park, Sossusvlei, attracts tourists with the famous Dead Valley, where stands the remains of dead trees, petrified 250-300 million years ago.

9. The name of the Namibian capital, Windhoek, means “windy corner” in Afrikaans.

10. Windhoek is one of the largest centers of trade in the world of astrakhan skins.

11. On the territory of the state is located the oldest desert on the planet - the Namib, which existed in the era of the dinosaurs. Over the past 80 million years in the desert have several unique species of animals and plants adapted to the local climate and can be found nowhere else on earth.

12. In Namibia, the sun shines almost 365 days a year.

13. Near to the Namibian town of Hrutfontein is the site of the fall of Hoba, the largest meteorite to ever reach the surface of the Earth. Space visitor fell in these places about 80 thousand years ago, is well preserved and attracts thousands of tourists from around the world.

14. In ancient times, the inhabitants of Namibia built sanctuaries dedicated to the buttocks. Inside these sacred places were statues of the specified part of the body, which made the archaeologists who discovered them puzzle over what kind of strange deities.

15. In Namibia, the veil for brides is replaced by a special headdress made of goatskin and treated with resin, fat, and red ochre.

16. Scientists in Namibia have found the world’s largest underground lake - its area is about 2 hectares. Karst cleft above it, Namibians call “the dragon’s nostril”.

17. The people of Namibia eat the eggs of almost any bird, as well as ants, termites, ostrich steaks, lion loin and crocodile tails.

18. Connoisseurs consider Namibian oysters among the best in the world because of their size and taste.

19. Namibia is the only country on the planet where the rhinoceros population continues to increase.

20. The bacterium, discovered in the late 1990s, has been dubbed the “Grey Pearl of Namibia”.