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2021-12-27 17:44:24

Why is Namibia called the Switzerland of Africa?

Why is Namibia called the Switzerland of Africa?

Namibia is located next to South Africa and does not lag behind it in terms of the level of civilization: children walk along the streets here - descendants of Germans, German sausages and cool beer are served in restaurants and cafes. Golden sand, warm wind and the picturesque coast of the Atlantic Ocean will leave an unforgettable impression on everyone. In Namibia, the sun is always shining, and the temperature can vary from +20 ° C during the day to -3 ° C at night. Namibia with all its beauty and reserves with rare wild animals is called the pearl of Africa.

Local dishes

On the streets of Namibia from barkers speaking German next to cafes, you can often hear about meat delicacies, Bavarian sausages and cold drinks, which are better than in Germany itself. And this is partly true, because the owners of cafes are often Germans, who very well managed to preserve the taste and flavor of their country. Among these European dishes there are also traditional Namibian ones: for example, here you can enjoy delicious antelope meat.

Why Germans and not French, British or Portuguese? The fact is that Namibia (formerly German South-West Africa) was a german colony for about 30 years. The streets of the cities have German names, some schools still teach in German, and in shops and restaurants you can hear German radio and read a newspaper in German. At the same time, more than 30 different languages can be heard among the residents. The most striking language for everyone is the Namalanguage, in which consonants are clicking sounds. The main language is English, in second place in terms of usage is German.

German discipline and order still live among the locals. This is expressed in clean streets, evenly trimmed trees, good roads and modern shopping centers. There are also practically no traffic jams - but this is more of a minus than a plus, since this is achieved by sparsely populated. Most of the young people go to study in South Africa, where they live.

Comparing Namibia to the rest of Africa is amazing. There is no hunger that everyone is talking about, poverty, murderous diseases and crime. The country has its own infrastructure and a good level of security.

Amazing fauna

The best way to experience the local life is in Windhoek and Swakopmund. Thrill seekers will appreciate the national parks of Etosha and the world's second largest canyon Fish River.

The inhabitants of Namibia can be met by road signs and personally from the car seat: safari is a very good way to get to know the animals better. With a guide on open jeeps, you can get to reservoirs with large crocodiles, see a wildebeest with its amazing horns, get acquainted with ostriches. Locals say that these are gentle birds that, with intense fear or the loss of a loved one, can die of a broken heart. And these gentle creatures are not far from strong armored rhinos and long-necked giraffes! Among them lurked cheetahs, which are famous for their speed. The guides also joke that feminists don't like that male wild animals are always more colorful and look much more beautiful than females. But this is a law of nature and nothing can be done about it.

The jackal is an outsider among all the inhabitants of the local fauna. Its physique resembles a wolf or a dog, but with a very weak bite and no threatening appearance. However, they are hunted constantly in Namibia because of the valuable fur: in jackals it is soft and thick, great for sewing capes and carpets.

Local cuisine

In restaurants and cafes hang skins of dead animals, statues of local deities and their images are placed, there is massive wooden furniture. Orange, yellow and brown colors dominate in every corner. The menu includes crocodile meat, ostrich, zebra or antelope. All dishes are seasoned with spices and local herbs. Dried mopaneworm is considered a local delicacy, but not everyone decides to try this crispy dish. In local shops you can find many souvenirs, including dried meat(biltong),wooden masks and beaded jewelry. In German shops they buy silver jewelry. It is believed that if you wear a jewelry on which an elephant, a rhinoceros, a buffalo, a leopard and a lion are combined together, then luck will follow you.

Sand World

In the northwest of Namibia, the ancient Hambatribe is still preserved. To get there, you must have a guide who speaks the local language. Entrance to the territory is about $ 20, which is much cheaper than the cost of an interpreter. Here, the tribe lives in huts made of clay, refrigerators replace containers under the ceiling, everyone walks in bandages made of goat skin, and in women the chest is completely uncovered.

According to local customs, after the birth of a child, a woman braids long dreadlocks, completely soils them in clay and cow fat and weaves a tuft of male hair, which symbolizes the inseparability with the father of the child.

Not so far away is the ghost town of Kolmanskop, in which diamonds have been mined since the beginning of the XX century. There were large houses, shops with bars, and libraries with hospitals. But in the 1950s, the jewels ran out. The city eventually emptied, and now here you can meet only groups of tourists among the ruins covered with sand, and film crews who create documentaries. And at night throughout the country you can admire the fantastic starry sky.

Namibia is a state that cannot be compared with any other. Part of the country is sand, and the other is small towns and villages scattered across the desert. But at the same time, luxury hotels rise in the capital, high prices are in stores, and fashionable restaurants are scattered along the streets. This is partly why Namibia is sometimes referred to as the "Switzerland of Africa".

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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