Travel through history. Namibia


Travel through history. Namibia

On the west side of Southern Africa bordering Zambia, Angola, Botswana and South Africa you will find the vast dessert dunes and beautiful oceans of Namibia.

Namibia was previously known as German South West Africa and was named by the German colonies that had settled back in 1884. This was during the time when the exploration of Africa was in its peak and the hunting of elephants for their ivory tusks was of huge interest to foreigners that visited the country.

However, before the German colonies arrived, Namibia was occupied by a few different tribes. The Nama were the first to settle in the South of Namibia during the first century B.C. and lived off the land and livestock that they had bred themselves. Next were the Ovambo and Kavango who were found in the Northern parts of Namibia, both belonging to the Bantu Nation. They had their own economy based on farming, fishing and production of metal goods and would often trade their knives and agriculture. Another tribe were the Herero people who lead a pastoral lifestyle and kept cattle. They came from the Eastern African Lakes and entered Namibia from the northwest. Due to their pastoral nature they ventured further South and unfortunately when the German settlers arrived there was a mass genocide which wiped out about a third of the Herero population.

Throughout the years there was constant conflict between the Nama people and the Herero people, which forced the German Schutztruppe (protective forces) to intervene and help resolve the disagreements. For many years the three groups were in conflict with each other but thankfully eventually ended in a resolve for independence.

Moving forward to 1915, during the First World War, the South Africans entered Namibia and took it over. After the war the former German colonies were given to the allied powers and called mandates, this then made Namibia a British mandate which was to be administered by South Africa.

In 1966 SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organization) began a long war in Namibia to gain its independence from South Africa and finally in 1988 they became successful in their quest. Two years later, on 21 March 1990, a constitution was written and it Namibia officially became independent.

Today when you visit Namibia you will still find a strong German influence, especially in Swakopmond, Luderitz and Windhoek and many still regard it as little Germany.

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Taken from the following website  are a few things to do when visiting Namibia:

  • Kolmanskop Ghost Town

Once a prosperous German diamond mining town, Kolmanskop is now an abandoned ghost town, slowly sinking in the sand dunes of the Namib Desert. Located just outside the colonial town of Lüderitz, Kolmanskop is one of the few places where you can learn more about Namibia’s history. It’s also a real photographers’ paradise. 

  • Swakopmund

If you visit just one town in Namibia, Swakopmund is the place to be. It’s by far the most lively and touristy town in Namibia, but in a good way. Beautiful coastal location, charming colonial architecture, lots of hotels, shops, restaurants… Swakopmund is a real oasis in the Namibian desert. 

  • Twyfelfontein

Twyfelfontein is the largest site of ancient Bushman rock engravings in Africa. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and another must-see place in Namibia.


Capital: Windhoek

Population: estimated 2.53 million

Official language: German and English

Major religion: Christian, Lutheran

Currency: South African Rand and Namibian Dollar

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