Friday, April 3, 2015

Truthfully, I never saw Namibia coming

And yet, I have me some Namibia. Used to be Southwest Africa, a former German colony governed by but not a part of South Africa from 1915 until independence in 1990. Namibia's western border is the Atlantic Ocean; it is bordered by Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. Namibia, a parliamentary democracy, is, by African standards, a remarkable stable country:
Namibia has a population of 2.1 million people and a stable multi-party parliamentary democracy. Agriculture, herding, tourism and the mining industry – including mining for gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, and base metals – form the basis of Namibia's economy. Given the presence of the arid Namib Desert, it is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Namibia enjoys high political, economic and social stability.
Tourism and mining provide nearly 40 percent of Namibia's economy, with uranium mining especially important. Much of the country relies on subsistence agriculture. Only Mongolia has a lower population density.

English is the sole official language, but German, Afrikaans and Oshiwambo are the prevalent languages that are understood and spoken by most Namibians. Other tribal languages and Portuguese are spoke by smaller percentages.

Namibia has the world's tallest sand dunes. They are impressive:

Much of the tourism in Namibia is wildlife-based. Folks come to see the African critters that abound in Namibia. Including, apparently, goats in trees:

Pretty damn freaky. So everybody give a warm Eff You welcome to Namibia.

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