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Namibia, the name derived from the world’s oldest desert Namib, meaning ‘vast place’, is located in southern Africa along the Atlantic Coast. The vast desert landscape, however, is not its only claim to fame, for Namibia can boast of differing terrains and some stunning landscapes that are unmatched anywhere else in the world. With the world’s largest sand dune, the eerie Skeleton coast, the astonishing wildlife adapted to its terrain and climates as well as its stunning mountains that run right from top to bottom are reasons enough to regard Namibia as a complete tourist and wildlife package.
However, interestingly, Namibia is not only about natural wonders, but also, about consistent conservation efforts and deep cultural intonations. Gaining independence relatively recently in 1990 from South Africa, Namibia can be said to have a rocky history of its own. Inhabited by native tribes such as, the San, Nama and Damara, Namibia first called South West Africa was colonized by the Germans leading to a bloody history of genocide and discrimination, only later to be a part of South Africa under which it faced racial discrimination until it officially gained independence in March 1990 in a ceremony attended by Nelson Mandela. Post-independence Namibia has maintained the democratic rule and in fact, was the first nation in the continent to have incorporated the protection of the environment in its constitution. It can be thus said, that by providing for laws and policies that make the locals shareholders in the proceeds from tourism, Namibia has set a benchmark on conservation efforts as well as, finding the right balance between environment and economy.