Often described as a natural paradise, Namibia is home to some of the world's most spectacular landscapes and diverse wildlife.
The country is famous for its two deserts, the arid and almost completely uninhabited Namib desert that extends for some for 1,200 miles along the Atlantic coast; and the Kalahari, which occupies the eastern third of the country. Both deserts are home to exotic, fragile plants.
The stunning red dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are a natural wonder of the world and Namibia's most outstanding attraction. They were formed over millions of years, the result of material flowing from the Orange River into the ocean, carried north and returned again to land by the surf.
Twice the size of Germany, Namibia gets less than 370mm of rain each year and multi-year droughts are frequent.
Access to water in this arid and dry country is challenging. Less than 1% of Namibia is believed to be arable, with water regarded as the main block to agricultural production.
Yet, in the northern region of Namibia a large body of underground water could provide a sustainable supply to about 40% of the country's population.
The massive aquifer, which lies about 300 meters underground, was discovered in 2012 and is estimated to be 10,000 years old.
Scientists say the water source -- dubbed Ohangwena II -- is clean and drinkable and could supply the north of the country for centuries.
Situated on the border with Angola, Namibia's side of the 10,000-year-old aquifer covers an area about 70km by 40km (43 miles by 25 miles).