Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during
World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World
War II when it annexed the territory. In 1966 the Marxist South-West
Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched
a war of independence for the area that was soon named Namibia,
but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its
administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire
region. Independence came in 1990.Location: Southern Africa,
bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and South Africa Climate: Desert; hot,
dry; rainfall sparse and erratic Borders: Angola
1,376 km, Botswana 1,360 km, South Africa 967 km, Zambia 233 km More... Namibia
is a country of compelling beauty, abundant sunshine, and a feeling
of unconfined space. With its un spoilt landscapes and large
variety of game, Namibia is one of the larger countries in Africa,
and draws an increasing number of visitors from various parts
of the globe.
A sense of freedom is generated by the wide horizons, the clear unpolluted
skies and a population density which is among the lowest in the world. This
feeling of tranquility and stillness combines with a landscape which is singular
in it's colours, full of contrasts of light and shade. In addition, the diversity
of it's people creates a rich blend of cultures and traditions.
Namibia has a colourful and turbulent history. In the mid-19th century, German
missionaries opened up the interior, paving the way for traders who came later.
The annexation of the country by Germany in 1884 accounts for the distinctive
German architecture and traditions.