Namibia: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
Imagine standing on a single spot in a land so vast and emptythat it is possible that no human being has ever stood therebefore. You will experience a magical sense of isolation, ofempowerment, of freedom, and of communion with the environment.This is the key to understanding Namibians, for it is both thecelebration of their natural surroundings and the challenge ofliving in a harsh terrain that make them who they are.A little more than two million people, representing fourteentribes, races, and ethnic groups, share this land, which has someof the most unusual natural resources in the world. The majoritylive in the north, along the Namibian-Angolan border, or in thecenter of the country in the capital city of Windhoek. The restlive on private and communal farms and in the smaller towns dottedaround the country.Tribal and ethnic traditions are important, not only to those inthe countryside, but also to city dwellers who want to pass theirheritage on. Namibians face the daily challenges of living withalmost constant drought amid some of the most spectacular sceneryon earth. They feel a mutual responsibility for each other, forwildlife, and for the land they occupy together. No matter whereyou are in the country, they will welcome you. If you are introuble, they will help you. If you appreciate humor, they willlaugh with you.Culture Smart! Namibia will take you far in helping you prepareyourself for your visit, in helping you to understand what you willexperience and in learning how to conduct yourself so as to ensurea smooth and positive experience for all involved.