Fun Facts

Top places to visit and things to know before visiting Namibia:

Conservation

Support our wildlife:

Cheetah Conservation Fund (near Otjiwarongo)

Save the Rhino's Trust (admin office in Swakopmund)

Pangolin Research - Mundulea Nature Reserve (near Otavi)

Namibia's Crane Population (Etosha National Park)

Wild dog and other rescued animals (near Gobabis)

Research on the brown hyenas ( Luderitz)

Etosha National Park

Game reserve

415 km north of Windhoek

Home to 4 of the big 5 and over 114 species of mammals. This salt pan is so big it is visible from space, hence the alternative name, Etosha Pan!

For more information visit the Etosha website.

Location: Google Maps The road is tar road all the way. Driving from Windhoek via Outjo will take you through 3 towns being Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, and Outjo.

Dinosaur Footprints

Namibia National Monument

227 km north of Windhoek

Do not miss these clearly visible dinosaur tracks if you are on your way to the Etosha.

Location: Google Maps. Only 155 km from Okahandja, it will be a 77 km detour if you are on your way to Otjivarongo.

Hoba meteorite

Namibia National Monument

446 km north of Windhoek

This meteorite lies on the farm "Hoba West". Because of its large mass, it has never been moved from where it fell. The main mass is estimated at more than 60 tonnes, making it the largest known meteorite (as a single piece). Read more: wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoba_meteorite

Location: Google Maps. Only 85 km from Otavi.

Dragon's Breath Cave

World's Largest Non-subglacial Underground Lake

near Grootfonetin, not open to tourists

The discovery was made in 1986. Divers have only been able to chart its depths to 430 feet.

Boabab Tree

Namibia National Monument

450 km north of Windhoek

The baobab tree, Adansonia digitata, is a protected species. Although it does not grow very tall, its trunk may reach a circumference of up to 30 m and some of these trees may well be over 3,000 years old. The bark is suitable for making rope, floor mats and paper. A wealth of African legends and superstitions surrounds the tree, such as the belief that a man who drinks an infusion of the bark will receive the gift of immense strength. It's called the "upside-down-tree" because its bare branches look like roots in the dry seasons. It is believed that it receives its strength from heaven. The bat-pollinated flowers bloom at night. Nearly every part serves as medicine for numerous diseases. Many other uses are known. For more information on Namibia's monuments visit the National Heritage Council of Namibia website.

Location: Google Maps. Near Tsumeb.

Welwitschia Plains

World heritage site - tentative list

378 km north-west of Windhoek

"This plant, named after the Slovenian botanist and doctor Friedrich Welwitsch, only have two leaves and some of the larger ones may be close to 2000 years old. The Herero name is Onyanga, which means onion of the desert. Not only is the Welwitschia endemic to the Namib Desert and semi-desert, it is also taxonomically very distinct, being the only representative in its family, and only one of three species in the order Gnetales." Visit UNESCO for more information on this site.

Location: Central Namib Desert

Quiver Tree Forest

Namibia National Monument

849 km south of Windhoek

This forest comprises about 250 specimens of Aloe dichotoma, a species of aloe that is also locally known as "quiver tree" because bushmen traditionally used its branches to make quivers. The tallest quiver trees are two to three centuries old.

Location: Google Maps.

Petrified Forest

Namibia National Monument

494 km north-west of Windhoek

You have to visit this Forest found by two farmers in the 1940's.

Location: Google Maps. The forest is 178 km from Outjo, less than a 100 km from the Vingerklip.

Vingerklip

420 km north-West of Windhoek

Situated halfway between Outjo and Khorixas, the Vingerklip is one of Namibia’s most famous and remarkable rock formations.

Location: Google Maps. The Vingerklip is 103 km from Outjo.

Twyfelfontein

World heritage site

431 km north-west of Windhoek

Twyfelfontein has one of the largest concentrations of rock engravings in Africa. The site forms a high-quality record of ritual practices relating to hunter-gatherer communities over at least 2,000 years. Over five thousand individual figures have been recorded to date." Visit UNESCO for more information on this site.

Location: Google Maps.

Brandberg National Monument Area

World heritage site - tentative list

378 km north-west of Windhoek

"This is the highest mountain in Namibia. It has an exceptionally rich palaeo-archaeological heritage with a high concentration of prehistoric rock art (more than 43 000 paintings and 900 sites alone)." Visit UNESCO for more information on this site.

Location: Google Maps.

Fairy circles

Mysterious circles

in the western parts of Namibia

Fairy circles are circular patches of land barren of plants, varying between 2 and 15 meters in diameter, often encircled by a ring of stimulated growth of grass. The cause of fairy circles has long been a puzzle and the investigation has proved challenging. Read Wikipedia for more information on this interesting circles.

Namib Desert

World heritage site

Activities: Sandboarding

321 km west of Windhoek

"Namib Sand Sea (Namibia) is the only coastal desert in the world that includes extensive dune fields influenced by fog. Fog is the primary source of water on the site." Visit UNESCO for more information on this site.

Location: Google Maps.

Spitzkoppe

Top 26 places to see in Africa by CCN Travel

Activities: Trad Climbing and Sport Climbing

276 km north-west of Windhoek

Spitzkoppe is German for "pointed dome". It is a group of granite peaks located in the Namib desert. It is one of the few bolted rock climbing sports in Namibia. At the foot of some of the koppe you can find bushman paintings. For more information visit www.spitzkoppe.com and CNN Travel.

Location: Google Maps. This site is about 300 km from Windhoek.

Fish River Canyon

World heritage site - tentative list

Top 26 places to see in Africa by CCN Travel

655 km south of Windhoek

This canyon is the second largest in the world. Due to flooding and extremely hot summer temperatures, permits are only issued between 1 May and 15 September for hiking in the canyon. Visit UNESCO for more information on this site. Also, visit the Ai-Ais Hot Springs when you are in this area.

Location: Google Maps. This canyon is in the south of Namibia and about 7 hours drive from Windhoek.

Sossusvlei

Top 26 places to see in Africa by CCN Travel

366 km south of Windhoek

Sossusvlei is a salt pan surrounded by dunes, located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. The name "Sossusvlei" is of mixed origin and roughly means "dead-end marsh". "Sossus" is Nama for "no return" or "dead end" and "vlei" is Afrikaans for "shallow natural pool of water". Sossusvlei owes this name to the fact that it is an endorheic drainage basin for the Tsauchab River. For more information visit www.sossusvlei.org and CNN Travel.

Location: Google Maps.

Wildlife in the Constitution

Namibia was the first African country to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution. From the early 1990's to today the populations of desert elephants, desert lions, cheetahs and zebras increased significantly. Conflict with wildlife remains a concern where agriculture shares the land with wildlife. Farmers see significant losses when elephants raid crops, break down fences and water tanks, or when predators kill livestock. Refer to link WWF for more interesting information.

Damara Dik Dik

It is believed by some that the Damara Dik Dik is the smallest antelope in the world and you will only see them in some areas of Namibia. In the dry seasons, they often graze in the farmer's gardens if there are no dogs. It is believed that a pair mates for life. Refer to link Global Britannica for more interesting read on this small mammal.

Blackthorn/Acacia mellifera

The thick bush that you see in the northern parts of Namibia is mostly the blackthorn. This bush encroachment is due to inappropriate veld management practices (mainly overgrazing by domestic livestock) and it is a major problem in many parts. In some areas, it is almost impossible to move in the thick bush. Farmers cut these trees off to produce high-quality charcoal that is being exported all over the world. Refer to link Acacia mellifera for more interesting read on this tree.

Famous people, NASA and the Stars

As there are almost no light and no electricity in most of Namibia you can see the Milky Way at night.

Dr. Japie van Zyl (his hometown was Outjo) is the Associate Director of Project Formulation and Strategy at the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory and headed the Mars Curiosity project which landed on Mars on 6 August 2012.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms (referred to as Omajova by the locals) the size of a small child grow in the termite hills. You will only see it during the rainy season. Read more about these mushrooms

Namibian beer

The Namibians are very proud of their Windhoek Lager, especially enjoyed and exported to South Africa.

Population

Namibia is one of the top 10 least populated countries in the world with only 2 280 716 people in this big country.

Namibia Statistical Facts

Namibia's main exports are diamonds, copper cathodes, fish, copper ores and zinc. Namibia export most of their products to South Africa, Botswana, Switzerland, Spain, and Angola. They import most of their goods from South Africa. Exported goods are mainly transported via sea and imported goods are mainly transported via road. Refer to link for Namibia's data wheel giving statistics of Namibia in a fun way.

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