• Namibia is the second least populated country on earth

There are just about two million people living in Namibia. The San Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert are considered Namibia’s first people but they have no homeland. They moved around following the migratory patterns of animals. The largest tribe in Namibia is the Ovambo tribe with an estimated population of 1 500 000.

  • The world’s largest meteorite landed in Namibia

Near Grootfontein, a farmer found a chunk of metal in his soil in 1920, completely unaware that he just found Namibia’s next national monument. Scientists soon gathered around to inspect the object and identified it as a meteorite. They named it Hoba.

It is said that Hoba fell to Earth 80 000 years ago and is made of 84% iron, 16% nickel and trace amounts of other metals. Although scientists have removed pieces of it for study, the meteorite cannot be moved from its location of discovery due to its great weight. There is no crater surrounding the meteorite which suggests that it fell to earth at a much lower rate than expected.

  • Namibia has the world’s largest Underground Lake

You can find the Dragon’s Breath Cave 330 feet below the surface of the farm Hariseb in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia. No one knew about its existence until 1986 when South African speleologists discovered it. It is called the Dragon’s Breath Cave due to the humid air rushing to the surface.

When you explore this cave, you’ll find the world’s largest underground lake. The surface of this lake stretches 4.9 acres and the depth is understandably unknown. The blind catfish lives in this lake and feeds on floating guano.

  • Namibia is home to the biggest Cheetah population in the world

Namibia is known as the “Gem of Africa” for a good reason. It is estimated that there are only 7 500 cheetahs left in the world and tourists can find around 3 000 in Namibia. The Etosha National Park is the home of Africa’s tallest elephants, endangered black rhino and 91 other animal species.

The largest conservation area in Namibia is the Namib-Naukluft Park and this park is also considered one of the largest in the world.

This may all be lovely but the reality is that the cheetahs are under pressure from farming and ranching encroaching on their natural habitat.

  • The Namib Desert is the world’s oldest desert

The desert’s name means “open space” and that is such an accurate description once tourists come face to face with the vast expanse of sand. It is millions of years old, making it the world’s oldest desert. 80% of the whole country is made up of desert.

Sossusvlei is perfect for those seeking extreme adventure. This desert boasts some of the world’s tallest sand dunes. ‘Big Daddy’ is the tallest dune in the area at 325m.

There is no end to Namibia’s treasures and it is the perfect vacation destination for both the adventurous and those seeking to broaden their cultural knowledge. Contact Sandown Tours and Incentives and let us make your trip to Namibia possible.