LifestyleNaked tourist scandal sparks outcry in Namibia's sacred desert

Naked tourist scandal sparks outcry in Namibia's sacred desert

Big Daddy is the tallest dune in Namibia (illustrative picture)
Big Daddy is the tallest dune in Namibia (illustrative picture)
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8:27 PM EDT, April 27, 2024

Namibia's authorities have vehemently condemned the actions of tourists who were photographed naked at one of the nation's major natural wonders, suggesting the offenders could face being blacklisted.

An uproar ensued after the incident at the Big Daddy dune, situated within Namib-Naukluft National Park in the Namib Desert. Recognized as the tallest dune in the world, with heights ranging between 984 and 1312 feet, it draws numerous visitors to the country. It is deeply cherished by locals as a national gem, making the indecent actions of the tourists particularly offensive to them.

Controversy sparked by nude tourists

The explicit antics of the tourists, captured during their nude escapade on the dunes, prompted a strong backlash from the Namibian community. Kenneth Nependa, Vice President of the Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations, expressed his dismay to the Namibian Sun news outlet, worrying such incidents might attract visitors with disrespectful attitudes towards Namibian norms and values.

Nependa remarked that it is repugnant and casts a negative shadow over Namibia. He emphasized that the Big Daddy dune is a popular family destination, and inappropriate exposure could negatively impact children.

Namibians outraged by tourists' conduct

Romeo Muyunda, a spokesman for Namibia's Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism, echoed the sentiment in a statement to the press, labelling the behaviour of three men as "utterly appalling" and "indecent."

According to reports, there's a likelihood that these tourists will face a blacklist, barring them from entering any national parks within Namibia. The identities and nationalities of the individuals in question have not been made public.

Source: BBC/WhatsNew2Day

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