South Africa once occupied the German colony of South-West Africa (now Namibia) 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 was soon named Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administratioin accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Namibia won its independence in 1990 and has been governed by SWAPO since.
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 re-elected in the 2009 elections by an overwhelming vote.
FNB Namibia launched a new interactive tourism app called the FNB Namibia Pocket Guide at this year’s Tourism Expo which started yesterday at the Windhoek Show Grounds. The expo runs until Saturday.
The bank hails the product as another milestone by FNB in providing the tourist community with digital tools to enhance their holiday experience. Head of FNB Tourism Division, Christo Viljoen, commented: “The app is a welcome innovation by tourism’s role players and is a necessary initiative for uplifting the tourism industry in terms of data collection and improving customer service standards.’’ The pocket guide was initially created for use by participants at the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) 2013, to rate their experiences as they venture through Namibia’s beautiful landscape. The pilot was successful and the app has since gone through major modifications and extra feature installations for it to be made available for use by the rest of the Namibian public and foreign tourists.
About one-half of the population lives below the international poverty line and the economy suffers greatly from the effects of HIV/AIDS. Namibia Information Namibia’s economy depends primarily on mining it is the fourth largest exporter of non-fuel minerals in Africa and the world’s fifth largest producer of uranium.
As for tourism, Although Namibia presents a brutally hot climate, travelers journey here to tour the barren red-sand deserts, and the highest sand dunes in the world in Namib National Park. Please click Wikipedia link below and support this wonderful organization! Thank You! Please click on to "Namibia Tourism" page to view some amazing BBC videos in English and German giving some wonderful insights into to all aspectsof what Namibia including the Skeleton Coast as portrayed by Saba Douglas Hamilton has install for you to consider! Tourism is a major contributor (14.5%) to Namibia's GDP, creating tens of thousands of jobs (18.2% of all employment) directly or indirectly and servicing over a million tourists per annum.
The country is among the prime destinations in Africa and is known for ecotourism which features extensive wildlife. There are many lodges and reserves to accommodate eco-tourists. Sport Hunting is also a large, and growing component of the Namibian economy, accounting for 14% of total tourism in the year 2000, or $19.6 million US dollars. Namibia boasting numerous species sought after by international sport hunters.
In addition, extreme sports such as sand boarding and 4x4ing have become popular, and many cities have companies that provide tours.
The most visited places include the Caprivi Strip, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, the Skeleton Coast Park, Sesriem, Etosha Pan and the coastal towns of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Lüderitz You will see on the BBC videos detailed information about all the above "Most Visited" places in Namibia so I strongly recommend you set aside an evening to watch and take notes you can refer to later!
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Image by George TuckerNamibia’s NamibRand Nature Reserve (NRNR), pioneered by conservation hero J.A. Albi Brückner, is one of Africa’s largest private nature reserves. Recently NRNR has expanded its conservation role to include preserving the star-filled nighttime skies that shine above its dunes and mountains. These efforts in night sky conservation have earned the reserve high honors as the International Dark-Sky Association newest International Dark Sky Reserve. The NRNR is a “Gold” tier reserve, which places the Reserve’s night sky in the IDA’s darkest and strictest available category. IDA Executive Director Bob Parks explains,
“The night sky over the NamibRand Nature Reserve is exceptional, as are the efforts the reserve has taken in modifying its lighting for the sake of its wildlife and visitors.” Game viewing is replaced by stargazing at night, as visitors to the Namib Desert can see the Milky Way, the Southern Cross and Scorpio,amongst other spectacular st