Long voyages, great lies.
— Italian proverb




South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory. In 1966 the Marxist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched a war of independence for the area that became Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Namibia has been governed by SWAPO since the country won independence in 1990. Hifikepunye POHAMBA was elected president in November 2004 in a landslide victory replacing Sam NUJOMA who led the country during its first 14 years of self rule. POHAMBA was reelected in November 2009.


Namibia is in Southern Africa, bordering South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and the Atlantic Ocean. Formerly a colony of Germany, Namibia was administered by South Africa under a League of Nations mandate after WWI, and annexed as a province of South Africa after WWII. The South-West African People's Organization (SWAPO) launched a guerrilla war for independence in 1966, but did not gain independence until 1990.

Namibia boasts remarkable natural attractions such as the Namib desert, the Fish River Canyon Park, Etosha National Park and the Kalahari desert. Its people speak nine different languages, including some of the Khoisan languages which include the 'clicks' that present an enigma to most native English-speakers. Namibia produces some of the world's highest quality diamonds.

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NamibiaGocheGanas Private Wildlife Reserve & Spa 

Road B1
GocheGanas Nature Reserve
GocheGanas 9000

Price (US$): $565 - $566 / night

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Location. GocheGanas Private Wildlife Reserve & Spa is located in GocheGanas, close to Goche Gans Game Reserve. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and a fitness facility. The property's full service health spa has massage/treatment rooms. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Guestrooms. 16 guestrooms at GocheGanas Private Wildlife Reserve & Spa feature CD players. All accommodations have patios.  more »

NamibiaMokuti Etosha Lodge 

Etosha National Park

Price (US$): $293 - $294 / night

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Location. Located in Tsumeb, Mokuti Etosha Lodge is a business friendly hotel in a national park. Hotel Features. Mokuti Etosha Lodge features 2 bars/lounges and a poolside bar. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, outdoor tennis courts, a fitness facility, and a steam room. The property's full service health spa has massage/treatment rooms. This 5 star property has a business center. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and the… more »

NamibiaHilton Windhoek 

Rev. Michael Scott St.

Price (US$): $167 - $575 / night

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Location. Hilton Windhoek is a business friendly hotel located in central Windhoek, close to Alte Feste, Tintenpalast, and Christ Church. Additional points of interest include Zoo Park and National Gallery of Namibia. Hotel Features. In addition to 3 restaurants, Hilton Windhoek offers 2 coffee shops/caf├ęs and a snack bar/deli. 2 bars/lounges and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves full breakfasts each morning in the restaurant… more »

NamibiaProtea Hotel Burning Shore 

152 4th Street
Long Beach
Walvis Bay

Price (US$): $182 - $205 / night

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Location. Protea Hotel Burning Shore is located on the beach in Walvis Bay's Long Beach neighborhood and attractions in the region include Pelican Point Lighthouse, National Marine Aquarium, and Alte Kaserne. Regional points of interest also include Hohenzollernhaus and German Evangelical Lutheran Church. Hotel Features. This 4 star property offers a meeting/conference room, secretarial services, and limo/town car service. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas.… more »

NamibiaHuab Lodge & BushSPA 

Farm Monte Carlo
Kamanjab 9000

Price (US$): $386 - $387 / night

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Location. Located in Kamanjab, Huab Lodge & BushSPA is on a river. Property Features. Huab Lodge & BushSPA's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. The lodge serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Spa amenities include massage/treatment rooms and body treatments. This 4 star property offers small meeting rooms, a technology helpdesk, and technology support staff. Complimentary wireless and… more »

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Full name
Republic of Namibia

Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and South Africa

Geographic coordinates

22 00 S, 17 00 E

Area comparative

slightly more than half the size of Alaska

Border countries

Angola 1,376 km, Botswana 1,360 km, South Africa 967 km, Zambia 233 km


1,572 km


desert; hot, dry; rainfall sparse and erratic


mostly high plateau; Namib Desert along coast; Kalahari Desert in east

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Konigstein 2,606 m

Natural resources

diamonds, copper, uranium, gold, silver, lead, tin, lithium, cadmium, tungsten, zinc, salt, hydropower, fish



Ethnic groups

black 87.5%, white 6%, mixed 6.5%


Christian 80% to 90% (Lutheran 50% at least), indigenous beliefs 10% to 20%


English 7% (official), Afrikaans common language of most of the population and about 60% of the white population, German 32%, indigenous languages 1% (includes Oshivambo, Herero, Nama)

Government type



21 March 1990 (from South African mandate)

National holiday

Independence Day, 21 March (1990)

Chief of state

President Hifikepunye POHAMBA (since 21 March 2005)

Head of government

Prime Minister Nahas ANGULA (since 21 March 2005)

Internet country code


Internet users

127,500 (2009)


129 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Luderitz, Walvis Bay

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