7 Amazing things you didn’t know about Namibia

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Namibia, famously referred to as the ‘Gem of Africa’ is a spectacular country in southern Africa. From its beautiful sand dunes in Sossusvlei to its rare animals, Namibia is a great holiday destination. It has many surprises due to its striking beauty, making it a photographers dream. Explore Namibia and find out some of the amazing things you probably didn’t know about it.

7 Things you didn’t know about Namibia

1. Namibia has the world’s largest known meteorite

The Hoba meteorite, which landed on earth around 80,000 years ago, was discovered in Namibia in 1920. The discovery was made by a farmer who was plowing his land with an ox. Explore Namibia and view this meteorite with a mass of over 60 tonnes.

Hoba Meteorite in Namibia

Hoba Meteorite in Namibia

2. Over 20 films have been shot in Namibia

Namibia is an exquisite filming location as several movies have been shot in this amazing country. Over 20 films have been shot in Namibia such as ‘Madmax: Fury Road’ in the Namib Desert, ‘Flight of the Phoenix (2004)’, ‘Red Scorpion’ and ‘The Cell’. Some of the notable filming locations include Lüderitz, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and the Skeleton Coast among other places.

3. Namibia is home to the world’s largest underground lake

Explore Namibia and discover the largest underground lake in the world, situated in the dragon’s breath cave. This cave is only for the professional caving enthusiasts. It is about 100 metres below the surface. It is also the only place in the world where the Golden Cave catfish can be found.LAKE-OLJIKOTO_copy

4. It has over 800 year old dead trees

During your tour to Namibia, head to the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Inside the park, you will find Deadvlei (a dry clay pan), where you will see many dead camel thorn trees that are over 800 years old. These trees still stand since the air is so dry that they never properly decomposed.

Dead trees in Dead Vlei, Namibia

Dead trees in Dead Vlei, Namibia

5. It has the oldest tribes in Southern Africa

Namibia is home to the San people, who were the earliest inhabitants of southern Africa. The San were nomadic hunters and gatherers, and till today, they live in Namibia and some still adhere to their traditional lifestyle of over 20,000 years ago.

A San (Bushman) family in southern Africa

A San (Bushman) family in southern Africa

6. It has the largest population of cheetahs in the world

Despite the decline of cheetahs in different parts of Africa, Namibia still has a large number of free roaming cheetahs, making it the highest cheetah population in the world. It has an approximate of 2,000 cheetahs.

Cheetahs in Namibia

Cheetahs in Namibia

7. Namibia has the highest Sand Dune in the world

This country is home to the world’s highest sand dune. Sossusvlei, which is situated south of the Namib Desert, which is also said to be the world’s oldest desert after being dry for over 55 million years, is surrounded by high red dunes. The popular Dune 7, is the highest sand dune at 1,256 feet, according to Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

From the highest sand dunes to the 800 year old dead trees, this country is a must visit. Explore Namibia and get to brag of having seen and touched some of top attractions in the world.

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