Namibia became a German colony in 1884 after years of gradual inhabitation by settlers beginning in the 1820's. During World War I, the territory passed under South African occupation and was then annexed to South Africa before finally gaining its independence in March 1990.
Low Population Density
With a mere two and a half inhabitants on average per square kilometre, Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world! Across this 825,000-km2 territory, it is ubiquitous nature that reigns supreme.
The Namib Desert is the only coastal desert in the world where sand dunes are influenced by fog, which is the main source of water for the survival of many endemic plant and animal species. The ensemble forms a landscape of exceptional beauty, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Himba People
The Himba people primarily live in the remote area of Kaokoland in northwestern Namibia, where they continue a traditional way of life. One signature distinction of this indigenous group is the red ointment with which women dye their skin and hair.
Oshiwambo, Khoikhoi, Afrikaans, Kwangali, Hero... The diversity of languages in Namibia is matched only by the variety of its people. Despite the wide range of spoken tongues, English is the country's only official language, even though it's native to a small minority of the population.
Namibia has extremely varied gastronomy due in large part to its lengthy history. Local cuisine is influenced by both ethnic and European flavours and techniques and uses products hailing from the land and the sea.
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