Lifestyle & Economy
Many Namibians enjoy a leisurely lifestyle of camping, hiking, fishing and hunting. The country’s few urban areas offer a cosmopolitan lifestyle and a generally relaxed atmosphere. Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, with its First World infrastructure and cellular data network, is a very non-representative example of an African city.
Namibia’s literacy rate is 65% and 94% of children attend school. Many educated Namibians speak English (the official language), German and Afrikaans and, if they’re involved in farming or hunting, at least one tribal language as well. Racism was never institutionalized here, and Whites and Blacks mix comfortably in business, education, government and daily life.
Namibia’s San People, the Bushmen, still practice the traditional lifestyle that they developed thousands of years ago.
Wildlife conservation and trophy hunting are serious business here, and our government understands the relationship between the two and supports both. Namibia’s economy is further based upon agriculture, tourism, livestock and mining of precious stones and metals. Our main exports are diamonds, copper, gold, zinc, lead, uranium and livestock. Commercial fishing and fish processing have become the fastest-growing contributors to export earnings, GDP and employment. Namibia, as a proud and newly independent nation, introduced its own currency in 1993—the NAD, or Namibian dollar, which is pegged to the South African rand.
Photography by: Jofie Lamprecht