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Namibia Travel and Tourism

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Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in Southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana and Zimbabwe to the east, and South Africa to the south and east. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990 following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek . Namibia is a member state of the United Nations , the Southern African Development Community , the African Union , the Commonwealth of Nations and many other international organisations. It has been given many names: the land of contrasts, the land God made in anger, the ageless land. For many years it was known only as South West Africa, but it adopted the name Namibia, after the Namib Desert. It is the second most sparsely populated country in the world, after Mongolia. It was visited by the British and Dutch missionaries during the late 18th century, but became a German protectorate in 1884. In 1920, the League of Nations mandated the country to South Africa, which imposed their laws and apartheid policy without bounds. In 1966, local uprisings and letters sent by traditional African leaders like Hosea Kutako forced the United Nations to assume direct responsibility over the territory, changing the name to Namibia in 1968 and recognizing South West Africa People’s Organization as official representative of the Namibian people in 1973. Namibia, however, remained under South African administration during this time. Namibian leaders longed for independence and commenced guerrilla activities, especially in the north. In 1970, SWAPO made alliances with Fidel Castro who sent Cuban troops to join SWAPO-forces in their struggle for independence. In response, South Africa installed an interim administration in Namibia in 1985. Following negotiations Namibia obtained full independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990. Namibia's independence came in conjunction with South Africa's withdrawal from Angola and became governed by a democratically elected President, Prime Minister, Cabinet and National Assembly. Namibia is one of Africa's most developed and stable countries, with a stable multiparty parliamentary democracy and an estimated population of 1,820,916. Tourism and mining of precious stones and metals form the backbone of Namibia's economy. About half the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day. The nation has suffered heavily from the effects of HIV and AIDS; One in seven are estimated to be living with AIDS, and the number affected by HIV is feared to be even higher.

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Adventure Travel to Africa - Your Trip of Namibia - Windhoek
Adventure Travel to Africa - Your Trip of Namibia If you are tired of the same old tourist traps and the usual mind numbing summer destinations, then maybe you are long overdue for a unique African holiday. Africa, the mysterious land of rich history is so much more than just a destination. Africa is an adventure in itself. Ecotourism is being pushed as a reliable and sustainable industry for developing countries in Africa. As an eco tourist, not only would you be contributing to the sustainability of biodiversity of the area, but also help local communities augment their income and develop a dynamic economic trade. Save the world? You bet. And you get to pick up a few life lessons along the way. Have you ever considered backpacking through Africa? Come on, yo...

Maherero Day A Big Event of Namibia - Windhoek
Maherero Day A Big Event of Namibia A big event to watch for is Maherero Day (late August), when the Herero people gather in traditional dress at Okahandja, just north of Windhoek, for a memorial service commemorating the chiefs killed in the Khoi-Khoi and German wars. In October, there's a similar event for the Hereros in Omaruru, northwest of Windhoek, to honor their chief Zeraua. Independence Day (21 March) is celebrated with feasts and festivities all over Namibia. The Windhoek carnival (late April/early May) is a week-long social event for city sophisticates, as is the Kuste carnival at Swakopmund (late August/early September) and the Windhoek Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Show (late September). Oktoberfest, with all its beer swilling and...

The Dry Winter Season (May to October) is the most pleasant time to visit Namibia - Windhoek
The Dry Winter Season (May to October) is the most pleasant time to visit Namibia The dry winter season (May to October) is the most pleasant time to visit Namibia. During this period you can expect warm, sunny days and cold nights, often with temperatures falling below freezing. It's best to avoid Namib-Naukluft Park and Etosha National Park in the extreme heat (December to March), and Fish River Canyon is closed to the public between December and April. The northeastern rivers may flood during this time too, making some roads either impassable or hard to negotiate. Resort areas are busiest during both Namibian and South African school holidays - usually from mid-December to mid-January, late-April to early June, and late-August to mid-September. Wedged between the Kalahari and the South Atlant...