With the discovery of 13-million-year-old hominoid bones and its first inhabitants settling around 25,000 BCE, Namibia has a deep connection to early human history. As a former German colony, Namibia has been through a multitude of stages in its life leading up to its independence in March 1990. With European influence came rebellion, struggle, and the long road to independence. Since then, Namibia has worked to reclaim itself, but its respect for the land and wildlife has stayed strong through the generations.

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01Epupa Falls

On the border with Angola is the foamy Epupa Falls, which is home to aquatic species that are endemic to Namibia. Most of the land is like an unspoiled jungle, with a variety of plant life that includes deciduous baobabs and fig trees. Visitors get to enjoy some bird watching and tour local villages around the Falls. Epupa is home to an increasing number of tribes, including the nomadic Ovahimba, the Ovazemba, and Herero.

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