Your first impression of Namibia will be of a barren land that God and time forgot, yet it remains inviting and eerily familiar. Photographers will feel as if they’ve died and gone to heaven in this magnificent country. It is a land of contrasts, clear colours and endless horizons. Those searching for peace and quiet will find it in abundance in its wide open spaces.
The mesmerising landscapes and wide desert expanse will make you fall in love with Namibia. It is the 2nd most sparsely populated country in the world with a total of just over 2 million, second only to Mongolia. Namibia is Africa at its best; with friendly people, endless savannahs and bushland. The amazing diversity of wildlife is protected in the vast Etosha National Park, as well as in many of the other game reserves around the country. A well maintained road network with comfortable hotels, lodges and guestfarms make travelling extremely convenient and pleasant.
Namibia's economy is closely tied to that of South Africa, as a result of their shared history. The largest economic sectors are mining, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. About half of the population depends on agriculture (largely subsistence farming) for its livelihood. Although arable land only accounts for about 1% of Namibia’s surface area, almost half of the population is employed in the agricultural sector.
Mining is the most important contributor to Namibia's economy. Apart from being a source of lead, tungsten, gold, tin, manganese, marble, copper and zinc, Namibia is the world's fourth largest producer of uranium. With significant investment in uranium mining, Namibia is set to become the largest exporter of uranium by 2015. Rich alluvial diamond deposits also make Namibia a primary source of gem-
Tourism is a major contributor to Namibia's GDP (14.5%), and creates tens of thousands of jobs. Directly, and indirectly, servicing over a million tourists per annum. Namibia is among the prime tourist destinations in Africa, and is best known for eco-