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Namibia - a pleasant surprise on the African continent

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Namibia - a pleasant surprise on the African continent Tourists coming to Namibia often have a complete misperception of what it is like here. Most tourists expect to be greeted by half-naked savages, brandishing torches and knives and dancing about a campfire, the women sitting and grinding maize, whilst the lions prowl around the perimeter of the settlement. I have seen numerous people disembark from luxury ocean liners in the port of Walvis Bay with looks of absolute astonishment on their faces, as if they expected to be ferried out on a rowboat on to a deserted beach. We are actually quite civilized here, but it seems as if most of the rest of the world do not realize it. Namibia's peaceful and fairly successful multi-ethnic society has succeeded in maintaining a very stable economy in the twelve years since independence. Economic development during this period has been steadily positive since the bloodless and peaceful transition to independence, standing in sharp contrast in this regard to many other similar African countries. Freedom of press and speech also play an important part in our society, and several successful newspapers and one relatively successful television channel bear testimony to this. Regrettably, it does happen that our media broadcasts the wrong message to the audience locally and internationally. ...read more.

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One can embark on various tours on four-wheeled motorcycles into the dunes, or on 4x4 trips up the Swakopmund River or to Sandwich harbour, one of the best fishing spots in Namibia. Namibia has a very unique coastline, because the dunes come right up to the ocean, and this is rarely seen anywhere else in the world. When one drives up north, one comes to the Skeleton Coast proper, so called because of the remains of ships and humans that can be found along the coastline for many kilometers. The coastal area is also home to the Welwitscia Mirabilis, a plant that is only found in our country and the southern parts of Angola. It is an amazing plant, miraculously living in the middle of the desert, yet surviving for many years. It only has two leaves, but it appears as if there are many because the dust storms have cut and shredded them so. We have the oldest one in the world, at approximately one thousand five hundred years old. The varied cultural history of Namibia is well demonstrated in the rock paintings, which can be found in caves all over Namibia. Perhaps the most famous painting exists in a cave in the Brandberg Mountain. It is called the White Lady and is a picture of an apparently Caucasian woman wielding a bow and arrow. ...read more.

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We have a large fishing industry at Walvis Bay, and we provide fish for the whole of our country and some of the neighbouring countries. Recently, I had a conversation with someone who desperately wanted to emigrate from Namibia to Australia. He said that he wanted to move away from Namibia's dry climate. I could not understand this, as Australia has almost exactly the same weather patterns that we do, and I told him so, but he only shrugged and changed the subject. I did some research on the internet, and it seems to be a fact that hundreds of people have already emigrated all over the world, to Australia, Greece, Canada, America and the United Kingdom to name a few, and hundreds more want to go. But it is also true that one out of every five emigrants returns to Namibia, claiming to have been unable to adapt. I think that they are just covering up for the fact that the move had not quite reached their expectations, and they realized what a mistake they had made. As far as I can see, there is absolutely no reason to move from Namibia to anywhere else in the world, as we have everything one could possibly want from a country, except maybe a space program. Word Count: 1689 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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