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NAMIBIA
Vacations and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languageEnglish
CapitalWindhoek
Area824.292 kmĀ²
Population2,619,666  (2021)
CurrencyNamibian dollar  (NAD)
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Code.NAM
Tel.+264

Vacations and Sightseeing

Windhoek is Namibia's capital and largest city and the gateway to the country. The large triangular-shaped Independence Museum is the latest addition to Windhoek's skyline. The museum and monument dedicated to Namibia's struggle for independence is located in the historic district on Robert Mugabe Avenue. This 40-metre shining giant stands in stark contrast to its neighbour the Alte Feste. This old fort was once the home of the German Schutztruppe.

The Alte Feste was built in 1890 to protect the first settlers in Windhoek. Later, South African troops used the Alte Feste as their headquarters. The Alte Feste now displays historical artefacts and has interesting information about Namibia from its earliest inhabitants and tribal culture to independence. The National Art Gallery of Namibia is housed in one of the newer buildings on Robert Mugabe Avenue. The permanent collection exhibits historical and contemporary works of Namibian art. The collection includes works by John Muafangejo, Joseph Madisia, Pedro Vorster, Susan Mitchinson and Inatu Indongo. Changing exhibitions guide visitors through the Namibian art landscape.

Etosha National Park is located in Northern Namibia and is one of the country's main attractions. The park is situated around a 5,000 km² salt pan. Due to the park's generous size and the many animals, Etosha is one of the most popular game parks in Africa. The game in Etosha is surprisingly abundant for a largely arid region. Large antelope such as kudu, eland and oryx can be seen scattered throughout the park. Even larger mammals such as elephants, giraffes and even the endangered black rhinoceros are also frequently seen. Etosha's top predator is the lion, with leopard and cheetah completing the trio of big cats. Other predators include the hyena and smaller carnivores such as the jackal. North of Etosha lies the traditional land of the Owambo. It is the most densely populated area of the country.


Sources

Elmar Landeninformatie

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles

Last updated May 2024
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