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5 Cool Facts About Namibia - Experience Namibia like never before!

Over one million tourists head to Namibia each year to witness its vibrant culture, spectacular desert landscapes, and abundant wildlife in its national parks. If you are thinking about travelling to Namibia, here are five intriguing facts about the country that you should know.


Almost half of the nation is designated as protected land

Namibia places a high emphasis on environmental protection. In point of fact, it was the very first nation in the world to include environmental preservation in the constitution of its government. Due to this, there are now a seemingly endless number of community-based tourism programmes that serve to financially and socially preserve local communities and their surrounding ecosystems. More than forty per cent of the land in this nation is protected by various conservation efforts.


It is home to the largest population of cheetahs in the world

It is not easy to get sight of the fastest animal in the world, but if you want to give yourself the best chance of doing so, you should go to Namibia. There are more than 3,000 of them living in the Cheetah Conservation. The Etosha National Park is also a good option to consider. In fact, many hotels in Namibia the likes of Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino offer to arrange transport to head out on wildlife excursions.


The oldest desert on Earth is found in Namibia

The Namib Desert, after which the nation was named, has been present for around eighty million years. It's the oldest desert on the whole wide planet. This nation is also home to some of the world's tallest sand dunes. It is impossible to gain a precise measurement because they move according to the natural environment; however, Dube Seven, which is located near Walvis Bay, is believed to be the tallest at 383 metres. You should attempt to scale Big Daddy if you are interested in climbing one of the towering sand dunes. Its height is a little less at 325 metres, yet it is still feasible to go to the summit of this mountain.


It served as the setting for many Hollywood movies

The dramatic, desolate and majestic landscape of the Namibian desert has served as the ideal setting for a number of Hollywood's most successful blockbuster films. Samsara, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Flight of the Phoenix are just a few of the critically acclaimed films that were filmed at this location.


It is the site of a massive graveyard for sunken ships

The Skeleton Coast of Namibia is known as one of the most dangerous coasts in the world and is considered to be one of the spookiest sights in all of Namibia. It was given the title "The Gates of Hell" by the Portuguese. More than one thousand people have been killed here as a direct result of the frequent strong storms and the deep fog. One of the most well-known shipwrecks in the region is the Eduard Bohlen, a freight ship that sank in 1909.