Known to some as “The Land God Made in Anger”, Namibia is largely an arid country with its southern part wedged between two deserts, while the plains of the north get good seasonal rain. Covering an area of 825,615 square kilometres and with a population of less than 2.2-million people, it is a sparsely populated country.
The reference to the “anger” stems from its arid and unforgiving landscape, which is also its biggest draw card for tourists who enjoy the charms and raw beauty of the Namib- and Kalahari deserts, the renowned angling and sheer mystery along parts of the Skeleton Coast or the Etosha National Park in the north.
The unforgiving Skeleton Coast is also where the diamond fields are and these stones, together with uranium and to a lesser extent other minerals, account for roughly a quarter of Namibia’s income.
Windhoek is the capital city, and Namibia’s only harbour is at Walvis Bay. The road-, rail and electricity networks are generally well maintained, but not all parts of the country are reached by these, mainly due to the sheer distances between towns and settlements. The currency is the Namibian Dollar (N$), which is closely linked to and valued the same as the South African Rand (ZAR).