I traveled to Namibia in August of 2010, mostly staying near the national parks on the Caprivi Strip. Like Botswana, Namibia is a country of varying contrast from the sands of the Kalahari and Namib Deserts to the wet lands of the Caprivi Strip and Etosha National Park. Namibia's population is also quite small with just over 2 million people in a country of over 31,000 square miles. This makes Namibia one of the lease populated countries in the world, per capita. Namibia is definitely a country worth visiting. I would personally like to return one day and visit the white sands of the Namib- Nauklft National Park.

German South West Africa was the name that was given to the country during colonial times in the late 1800's. Germany was the first colonizer when the exploration of Africa was at its peak. What led to its discovery was the interest of foreigners to the rare ivory tusks that were hunted off from elephants. The country soon became a settlement for Germans. In the early years, there were conflicts between the Namas and Herero peoples, followed by conflicts between the Namas and the Colonial German troops, known as the Schutztruppes. These German troops were sent to relieve and resolve disagreements between the Hereros people and the Namas people. When Namibia was discovered to be a diamond country, there was great unrest. After World War I, Germany had to surrender the nation to Britain. The country then was under the administration of the British Union of South Africa which proved to be a start in the series of events that would lead to independence. In the late 20th Century, the South West Africa Peoples Organization (SWAPO) fought a war to liberate the county. On March 21, 1990 the United Nations enacted a resolution that was able to mandate elections for the country, making it an independent state. The country underwent several phases in order to be the stable democracy that it is today.

Caprivi Strip, Namibia 2010

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