11 Interesting Facts about Namibia

11 Interesting Facts about Namibia

         Here are 11 interesting facts about Namibia you probably didn’t know:

  • Namibia is the second least  densely populated country in the world after Mongolia. Namibia’s land mass is the equivalent to that of Spain and Germany combined.
  • Namibia is home to the largest piece of meteor in the world and weighs over 50 tons – The Hoba Meteorite.
  • Namibia was the first country in the world to incorporate the protection of the environment in its constitution.
  • Namibia has the largest population of free roaming cheetah in the world – estimated to be approximately 2500.
  • Namibia also has the largest free roaming population of the highly endangered black rhino.
  • Namibia is one of only two countries in the world to have a population of truly desert adapted elephants – Mali in north Africa is the other country to have desert elephants. These desert elephants occur in the Kunene region and have developed larger feet than other elephants in Namibia due to the fact that they cover greater distances to find water.
  • The world’s largest underground lake is in Namibia – Dragons Breath Lake is found in the Otavi mountains.
  • The Namib Desert is considered to be the world’s oldest desert (approximately 80 million years old) and is also considered to have the highest dunes in the world.
  • The Fish River Canyon, located in the south of the country is the second biggest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon in the USA. It is 161 km’s long, up to 27 km’s wide and 550 meters deep.
  • Namibia is one of the world’s biggest producer of diamonds.
  • The Welwitschia Mirabilis, a fossil plant that can be found in the Namib Desert, has a lifespan that can reach 2,000 years.

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