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Official Name Republic of Namibia
Located South West: Angola, Botswana, South Africa
Capital Windhoek
Head of State President Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba

President Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba

Area 825,000 sq km
Population 1.9 million
Growth rate 2.6%
Languages German, English, Herero & Owambo
Currency Namibian dollar (N)
GNP per capita $4.150
Inflation 10%
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Wedged between the Kalahari and the chilly South Atlantic, Namibia is a country of vast potential and promise. Rich in natural resources and unquestionably spectacular beauty, it has inherited a solid modern infrastructure and has a diversity of cultures. Lonely and ethereal is the famous Skeleton Coast.

Kalahari starts south of Windhoek


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The earliest inhabitants of deserts of Namibia and Botswana were the hardy San whose presence here can be traced back to 100 AD. Their unique clicking language was shared by the Khoikhoi who moved in from the south around 500 AD. Today the San people are landless and unequivocally impoverished. However, some are finding new lifestyles: learning to farm and keeping small numbers of cattle and goats on what land remains for them, but many still hunt when they have the opportunity. A group of such farmers have joined to form the Nyae Nyae Farmer’s Cooperative, which is supported by the Ju/hoansi Bushmen Development Foundation in Namibia. In Rundu one can buy traditional drums and some lovely handmade furniture at Mbangura Woodcarver’s Cooperative. The main attraction of Twyfelfontein is the gallery of rock engravings, which date back thousands of years. Despite its harsh climate, Namibia boasts some of Africa’s finest national parks. The Capital Windhoek was known as Aigams (hot water), to the hot springs present in the region. The town, and the area around it were settled first by the Khoikhoin and Herero people. In colonial times, it came under the control of the Germans and later by South Africa in 1915. It was also the headquarters of the Khoikhoin (Khoi-Khoi) opposition to the German control.


Walvis Bay is a magical spot for bird-lovers - its bay supports thousands of flamingos and many other colourful species - and a gateway to Namibia's hauntingly beautiful lunar-like desert landscapes, awesome in their scale and antiquity. Our call allows a visit to Namibia's pretty seaside resort of Swakopmund, whose elegant turn-of-the-century German buildings (Namibia was formerly German South West Africa) belong more to Bavaria than Africa! Easily reached is the famous Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home of up to 100,000 Cape fur seals - and the grandeur of the Namib-Naukluft Park, whose sand dunes rising to over 1,000 ft are the world's highest. What better backdrop for enjoying champagne and fresh oysters from Walvis Bay!

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WINDHOEK 9 October 2001: A Hollywood firm plans to take 200 Ethiopian farmers from a remote province to Namibia for parts in "Beyond Borders", a big budget movie starring Angelina Jolie and Kevin Costner. Ethiopian participants will stay for six weeks in Namibia. The southern African country was selected for having a more developed road infrastructure and its proximity to South Africa, which has the necessary support system for the sophisticated and bulky camera equipment and accessories used by Hollywood. Production is in the hands of Lions Gate International. Ethiopia's catastrophic famine of the 1980s is one of the settings for the film, in which Costner plays an international medical relief worker and Jolie a high-society woman drawn into war-torn and drought-stricken areas in need of humanitarian assistance. Kenya was initially selected as the location for parts of the film, directed in part by Martin Campbell (whose recent movies include "The Mask of Zorro" and "Vertical Limit"), but was ruled out for security reasons.

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