Imagine you are growing up in Namibia - what would a typical day be like? Write about it here in this diary...
From the Kalahari Desert to the Sossusvlei Dunes to the Skeleton Coast - Namibia is a country of sand and superlatives! Find out more and enjoy our printable activities and flags.
Sossusvlei Dunes in the Namib Desert
A Little Geography
- A large dry land in south western Africa, Namibia is rich in diverse landscape, wildlife and natural resources.
- Namibia has the lowest rainfall in Southern Africa and a low density of population with just 2.1m citizens.
- The Kalahari Desert is the world's largest expanse of sand. It isn't really a desert, as seasonal rain brings flowers and grasses.
- Namibia is a major safari destination. The Etoshi National Park covers 22,000 sq km and is home to elephants, lions, giraffe and rhinos.
- The coastline was called The Skeleton Coast because it was littered with the rusting shipwrecks and the bones of whales.
- Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert has the world's tallest sand dunes.
- The Fish River Canyon,the second largest natural gorge in the world, was formed over 500 million years ago.
- Namibia is one of the world's biggest producer of diamonds and is due to become the largest uranium exporter by 2015.
A Little History
- Namibia was home to San bushman, whose rock paintings date back 26,000 years.
- Overlooked by Europeans until the late 19th century, Namibia became a German colony 1884. Local tribes rebelled against colonial rule resulting in large casualties.
- The country was captured by South Africa in World War I.
- Independence in 1990 followed a struggle against South Africa, with whom the country continues to have a close relationship.
And Some Interesting Facts...
- Namibia is home to the world’s largest population of free-roaming cheetahs.
- Namibia has two kinds of sandboarding - one involves standing up, but perhaps scariest is lying down and heading down the dune headfirst at speeds of up to 80km/hr!
- More than 40 per cent of the country is under conservation management and conservation is taken very seriously.
- Namibia is one of only two countries in the world that has desert elephants.
Namibia on a map of Africa - print this map here
Meerkat babies in the Kalahari Desert
The Namibian Flag
The flag of Namibia was adopted in 1990, when the country became independence from South Africa. The gold sun represents life and energy. The red stripe represents Namibia's most important resource - it's people, and their determination to build a future of equal opportunity for all citizens. The white represents peace. The green stripe is for the country's agriculture and the land, while the blue is for the clear blue sky and the Atlanic Ocean.
Flags and Other Printables
Music is very popular in Namibia and there are plans to open a museum dedicated to the music of Namibia. Can you find out more, along with other aspects of Namibian culture, and record what you find on this worksheet?
Over one million travellers visit Nambia every year! Can you design your own tourism poster encouraging people to visit?
Do some research into the food grown and eaten in Namibia then write about it on our worksheet. Can you draw a typical Namibian meal too?
Each country of the world has a coat of arms or emblem as a national symbol of their country. This one is for Namibia, and we have two worksheets to choose from - both ask you to write about the coat of arms, and the second also asks you to design your own too.
The ability to compare and contrast is an important skill for kids to learn, so help them practise with this Namibia Compare and Contrast worksheet.
Choose from our guided (easier) and blank (harder) location worksheet, and ask children to find Namibia and its capital on the map of Africa.
The Welwitschia (Namibia's national flower) might not be the prettiest flower to look at, but these plants are famous in Namibia and certainly make an interesting colouring page!
Our map shows the location of Namibia within Africa, as well as its capital city. It's useful to see how Namibia fits into the continent as a whole.
Draw some pictures of Namibia's impressive wildlife in these frames perhaps, or you could cut and paste some pictures of the amazing scenery.
The weather certainly looks good on this postcard of Namibia! How else would you describe a visit to this country for somebody back home? Write a postcard to tell them about it...
This fun postcard activity asks the kids to imagine they are visiting Nambia, and to write all about their visit for a friend back home. Can they draw a picture of something they might see there too?
Print this poster of Namibia (using the borderless settings on your printer for the best results), then display to admire the stunning landscape and blue sky...
These clever but simple posters combine the national flag and the outline shape of the country too - this poster is for Namibia...
This stunning picture of Namibia is bound to inspire the kids to do a little creative writing! We have both lined, and handwriting lines versions to choose from below...
Namibia is a large country with plenty to see and do. Can the children add some useful information for tourists in this leaflet?
In 2010 Nambia was voted the best country to visit in the world by Lonely Planet! Can you find out why it's such a great country to visit and write a page for a travel brochure?
Find out some facts about Namibia and fill out this fun worksheet, which also gives you a change to remember exactly where Namibia is placed within Africa.
Pack our virtual suitcase ready for a trip to Namibia, thinking carefully about everything you'll need to take...