Namibia

Did you know?

*  Elephants can be seen just within 1-hour’s of driving distance from
    Windhoek - at Okambara Ranch near Witvlei.

*  The Republic of Namibia has been the first country to include the
    environmental protection in the constitution of the country.

*  Approximately 13.6  percent of the country's  surface area is protected,
    either as a nature reserve, recreation area or game park.

*  On the last Sunday in August, every year the members of Herero
    community gather in small town Okahandja to pay respect to their 
    heroes, fallen during colonial times and independence struggle.
    The colourful dresses of Herero women were adapted from the
    dresses of the wives of Finnish missionaries in the 19th century.

*  An unusual Aloe species, Aloe Viridiflora, which is endemic to Namibia, is
    found in central region of the country and in the mountains around
    Windhoek. The plant flowers in August and in September.

*  The Gibeon Meteorite shower is the largest ever, discovered in 1838 by the
    explorer Sir J. Alexander.

*  The largest Namibia's population group is Owambo, living in the northern
    part of the country.

*  The Tsumeb mine which has been closed down recently was once the
    richest source of lead and zinc in Africa. More than 200 different minerals
    have been found in and around Tsumeb.

*  Hoba Meteorite, discovered in the 1920s, is the largest known meteorite
    in the world and situated 20 km from Grootfontein. The meteorite is 
    approximately 80 000 years old and its weight is more than 50 tons.

*  The Namib Desert is regarded as the oldest desert in the world.

*  The Giants' Playground - a site, littered with huge balancing  basalt 
    boulders and  Quiver Tree Forest, can be seen approximately 14 km
    north-east of Keetmanshoop near Quiver Tree Forest Camp.

*  Namibia has the largest free-roaming cheetah population in  the world - an
    estimated 2 500.

*  The major export product in the southern part of Namibia is karakul pelts.
    The karakul sheep was brought from Asia and introduced in Namibia 
    in 1907.

*  There is a horse burial site on the way to Walvis Bay just outside of 
    Swakopmund where more than 1650 horses and mules were shot in 1915
    by South African army.

*  By the early 2000s, Namibia had Africa's fourth highest proportion of
    women in its National Parliament, after Mozambique, South Africa
    and Rwanda.  25% of the seats in the National Assembly were
    occupied by women (compared with 14% in the United States).