Friday Fun Facts-Namibia

After Today show host Matt Lauer visited Namibia last year on his program, Where in the World is Matt Lauer, the southern African nation was quickly added to my destination wish list. While any African nation would suffice since I’ve never been to Sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia definitely looks like it would rank at the top of unique and incredibly exotic although I’m sure any African nation would fall into the exotic category for my American sensibilities.

1.) Namibia is the second least densely populated country on earth. Around 80% of the country’s terrain consists of desert and the world’s oldest desert, the Namib, is located there.


2.) Namibia is home to the world’s largest population of cheetahs. Leopards and lions are also indigenous big cats there.


3.) The Skeleton Coast is named after the beached whale and seal bones which covered the shore area when the whaling industry was still active, as well as the skeletal shipwrecks caused by rocks offshore in the fog. More than a thousand vessels can be found along the coast.


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    September 23, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Hiking the Fish River Canyon in Namibia is one of the many things on our wish list.

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    the red headed traveler
    September 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I’m not familiar with the Fish River Canyon but I just googled pictures of it and wow, looks stunning!

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