Natural resources of Namibia

Natural resources of Namibia

Namibia is rich in natural resources in terms of incredible landscapes, wildlife and flora.


The country’s fishing grounds extend up to 200 nautical miles and are regarded as some of the richest in the world. Namibia has over 20 commercial species such as hake, pilchard, kingklip, tuna and rock lobster being harvested. About 600,000 tons of fish are harvested each year.


Oil exploration is underway in Namibia. The company doing oil exploration in Namibia believes that finding oil in Namibia is a matter of time. Both basins, Walvis and Orange, have good source rocks, in the oil generation window.

Natural gas

Namibia has two trillion cubic feet of proven gas reserves.

Iron ore

The government of Namibia plans to start mining iron ore in the country by 2016. Huge deposits of about 400 million tons of ore reserves have been discovered in the Opuwo area of Kunene.

Wild animals

Namibia is home to the big five. Namibia boasts the largest free-roaming population of black rhino in Africa, and the largest cheetah population in the world. Namibia has nine national parks including; Bwabwata, Etosha, Khaudum, Mamili, Mudumu, Namib Naukluft, Skeleton Coast and Sperrgebiet.


Coal occurs in the following areas; Kaokoland, Omwambo, Kavango and Caprivi, the Huab Basin (western Damaraland), the Waterberg Basin and the Aranod Basin. Considerable amounts of technical data exists on most of these areas.


Other mineral resources

  • Diamonds
  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Uranium
  • Lead
  • Tin
  • Zinc
  • Salt
  • Vanadium
  • Tungsten



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