Namibia Facts

These Namibia facts were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids to get more insights into this beautiful country.

Namibia desert and ostrichesNamibia is know for its huge Namib desert and wildlife

Interesting Namibia Facts for Kids

Namibia FlagNamibia Flag
  • Population: 2.3 million people (2016)
  • Capital: Windhoek, which means 'windy corner' in the Afrikaans language, is the country's largest city with 326.000 inhabitants.
  • Nickname: 'The Land of the Brave'
  • Government: Republic, Independent only since 1990
  • Independence Day: March 21
  • Language: English (official language), and 132 other recognised languages such as Oshivammbo, Nama/Damara, Afrikaans (spoken by most of the population), German (as Namibia was formerly a German colony) and several African languages
  • Religion: over 80% Christians (more than half of the people belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church)
  • Currency: 1 Namibian Dollar (NAD)= 100cents
  • Unemployment: 34.3% of the people are jobless.

 Where is Namibia?

The country is located in Southern Africa, a 11hrs flight from London/England or a 3 hrs flight from Johannesburg/South Africa. The African country shares state borders with South Africa in the South, Zambia and Botswana in the East and Angola to the North.

On this map you can see where exactly the country is in Southern Africa. You can click on the plus sign and move with the arrows to the left and make the country bigger, then you see the major cities and if you click satellite on the top right, then you can see the layout of the land clearer too.

Namibia is roughly half the size of Alaska.

Namibia Facts:
Namibia Geography

The most parts of the country lie on a high plateau. The central plateau is over 2000m high and borders the Skeleton Coast with the Namib Desert in the West, the Orange River in the South and the Kalahari Desert in the East.

Namibia Facts Oryx in the Namib DesertDunes landscape in the Namib desert

The Namib Desert stretches along the Atlantic ocean over 1000km with huge dunes as far as the eye can see. This desert is considered the oldest desert in the world and has been arid (dry condition) for more than 55 million years. The Namib also has some of the highest dunes in the world.

The Kalahari Desert stretches along the eastern border of the country and is varied in vegetation. Some parts are very dry and desert-like whereas others have more grassland and mountainous and rocky regions.

Southern NamibiaDriving through Southern Namibia

The highest mountain in Namibia is the Brandberg mountain ('fire mountain') with its highest peak called Königstein ('king's peak' in English) with 2,606m/8550ft.

Namibia is almost as big as half of Alaska, pretty huge! And the vast country is almost as sparsely populated as is Alaska and is the second sparsely populated country on the African continent, after Western Sahara.

Namibia was the first country to sign a statement that includes the protection of the environment into the country's constitution! 

Namibia Animals

In Namibia you can enjoy seeing plenty of wild animals, whether you are visiting places in the desert, close to the Atlantic Ocean or in the bushveld. The Namibian National Parks and Game Reserves are especially good for viewing some the wildlife in Africa.

Namibian wildlife around a waterhole in OmaruruAnimals around a Waterhole in Omaruru

On this photo you can see lots of animals that came to drink at the waterhole at sunset. We captured this image at the Omaruru Game Lodge in the centre of Namibia.

Read more about animals in Namibia when you click here or on the image below.

Namibia Facts:
Namibia People

Most of the people living in Namibia are Black Africans. As Namibia was a former German colony, there are still many Germans living in this Southern African country. In some towns like Swakopmund, Luederitz and Walvis Bay you will not only find German names on shops, menus and signs, but will also be able to hear many people communicate in German in the streets.

Herero Women, image by ShutterstockHerero woman with children

There are many tribes sharing the land, of which there are the Herero (see in the picture with the interesting headwear and often wearing many layers of skirts), the Nama, the Himba and Kavango or the San Bushmen and many others. The Owambo which live mainly in the northern parts of Namibia, are the biggest tribe. More than half of all Namibians belong to the Owambo. More than half of the Namibian belong to this tribe.

Interesting Language Facts

Even if English is the official language in Namibia, many people are more comfortable speaking Afrikaans or German. About one third of Namibians speak German because Namibia as South West Africa was settled by German immigrants in the last century. Many Namibians also speak Afrikaans at home. 

Several indigenous African languages are also spoken with Oshiwambo being the African language which is most widely spoken and understood.

Namibia Facts:
Namibia Food

There is a wide variety of food available in Namibia with the ocean supplying fish and seafood and the farms in the countryside providing lamb, beef and ostriches.

There are as well exotic sounding game like kudu and springbok.

Namibia Attractions:
What is great to visit in Namibia?

Namibia Luederitz colourful housesColourful colonial houses in Luederitz
  • Lüderitz and Swakopmund: Explore the colonial history
  • Orange River and Fish River: Canoe or hike in the canyons
  • Windhoek, the capital city: Visit museums and learn about the countries history, culture and geology and admire the meteorites on display in the pedestrian zone
Kolbmankop Ghost Town in Namibia was popular during DiamondrushKolmanskop, old German town in the desert near Luederitz
  • 'Ghost Town' Kolmanskop: Go back to 'Diamond Fever' time of the former German colony
  • Etosha Pan and the North: Great for wildlife viewing
  • Soussousvlei and Kalahari: Desert and dunes as far as you can see

Interesting Namibia Facts

Did you know…?

...that Namibia is the second least densely populated country on earth? Only Mongolia is more deserted but it's bigger in size!


  • Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia Africa, Namibia, (London: Macmillan 2008), p.43
  • National Geographic (eds.) Africa Adventure Atlas. (Cape Town: map Studio, 2008)
  • The Children's Visual World Atlas, Namibia, (Sydney: Fog City Press, 2004), p. 140-143
  • The 100 Most Beautiful National Parks of the World, Namibia (Lisse: REBO Publishers, 2007), p. 190
  • WWF - Namibia PageRetrieved 2016-04-05.
  • Wikipedia - Namibia PageRetrieved 2016-04-05.

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