- Full name: The Republic of Namibia
- Population: 2 million (UN, 2005)
- Capital: Windhoek
- Area: 824,292 sq km (318,261 sq miles)
- Major languages: English (official), however, the most common language of the population is Afrikaans, German and indigenous languages are also spoken.
- Major religion: Christian 80% to 90% (Lutheran approx. 50%), indigenous beliefs 10% to 20%
- Monetary unit: 1 Namibian dollar = 100 cents
- People: Approximately half of Namibiaï¿½s population is from the Ovambo tribe concentrated in the north. There is also a high population of Bantu people and Khoisan who are descendants of the original inhabitants of South Africa. Whites from Dutch, German, British, French and Portuguese make up the second largest white population in sub-Saharan Africa at 12%. After Mongolia, Namibia is the least densely populated country in the world.
Reading Suggestions for Namibia:
Reading good books about the areas you’re visiting tends to make your trip much fuller and more rewarding. As weight on light aircraft is limited, you might consider reading the thickest books before you leave for your trip!
The major country-specific guidebooks (i.e., Lonely Planet, Rough Guide) tend to offer a good overview of the country’s history. One of the best resources for travel books is Longitude Books (http://www.longitudebooks.com/). They organize books by country/region, which makes it easy to see what is available.
Many books will give you insight into Namibia. Here are just a few suggestions:
- Longitudes Site
- Sheltering Desert by Henno Martin; a geologist’s account of his years living and hiding out in the Namib-Naukluft region during WWII. It’s difficult to find this book in the U.S. but it is possible. It is more easily available in South Africa.
- The Bushman Myth: The Making of a Namibia Underclass by Robert Gordon.