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Ghost Towns in Namibia

You can talk about Ghost Towns but Namibia is almost what you might call a ‘Ghost Country’. It’s the second least densely populated country in the world with an average of 2.5 people per square kilometre and when the population of the capital is taken out of the equation the figure drops to under two – truly a ghost country! Namibia has some seriously ghostly areas too.

The Skeleton Coast for example - over 6,000 miles of nothing but sand dunes, gravel plains and dry, dry heat. It’s named the Skeleton Coast for two reasons; there are hundreds of skeletons of whales and other large sea mammals littering its shore, relics of the heydays of whaling and, alongside these sad reminders of a cruel trade, lay the wrecks of ships that have foundered in the crashing surf of the inhospitable coast.

Shipwreck Skeleton Coast If that wasn’t ghostly enough, there is the icy cold air that rolls in from the cold currents of the Southern Atlantic, meeting the dry hot air of the desert and forming fogs so dense and impenetrable, visibility shrinks to a few feet. Imagine, stuck on the edge of one of the world’s most feared deserts as billowing shrouds of silvery fog roll in with the incoming tide. Soon, you’re teetering about, hands outstretched, simply to find your way to the safety when your hand touches the slimy, moss encrusted, sun bleached timbers of an ancient shipwreck, and feeling down the timber your hand happens upon a near oval object, fingers find holes, brain registers ‘Skull’ and the stuff of horror films becomes a reality!
Etosha Pan - NamibiaNamibia has so much to offer, from fear drenched trips to the Skeleton Coast, to safaris on the lush Etosha Pan, a unique area that is green to passing aeroplanes and satellites, not because of the lushness of its vegetation but because of the blue green algae, the only organism to live in its highly salinated lake. When this shallow lake evaporates curious hexagonal structures form in the lake bed only to dissolve when the waters flow again. The area is so ‘otherworldly’ that it was used as a backdrop to the fourth Star Wars film. Historians will revel in the diamond mining towns of the south west. Namibia has the largest concentration of gravel bed diamonds in the world and large areas of the country are owned and guarded by De Beers. As the collection of diamonds waned, many towns became deserted such as Kolmanskop and Elizabeth Bay, some to rise again as tourist attractions, others to wither to nothing but the dust and sand of the desert.

Namibia - Top 10 Facts 

  1. Namibia has the largest source of surface diamonds in the world
  2. The radioactive element uranium is found in abundance in the country
  3. Namibia will become the world’s largest exporter of Uranium by 2015
  4. Namibia was once part of the German Empire and unimaginatively called South West Africa
  5. Until 1990 it was part of South Africa who was given it following the end of WW1
  6. It is the second least populated country in the world after Mongolia
  7. The world renowned Kalahari Desert and The Skeleton Coast are to be found in Namibia
  8. Namibia is also known for its sport with its rugby team playing in world cups and for Frankie Fredericks who won four silver medals in the Olympics in 1992 and 1996
  9. Despite occupation by Germany, the official language is English
  10. The sand dunes of the Skeleton Coast are the highest in the world, some rising to 1200ft (350m)