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A vast and open country, Namibia supports a wealth of animal and plant life in a land sandwiched between two deserts, the Namib in the west and the Kalahari in the eastern interior.

This enormous sparsely populated country is a blend of cultures with Herero, Himba, San, German and South African influences echoing its rich history. The San or Bushmen were the original inhabitants. Whilst now only occupying remote areas in the Kalahari Desert, their heritage is still found today in the exquisite rock paintings hidden in caves and rock formations throughout Damaraland in the west.

Sossusvlei, Namib Desert
                                                           

Windhoek, the quaint yet vibrant capital, is located in a scenic valley in the centre of Namibia. The German influence, from colonization in the late 19th century is reflected with typical German cuisine on offer in the many local restaurants. Remnants of the colonial era remain amongst modern architectural styles throughout the city.  

The cold, green Atlantic Ocean with its nutrient rich Benguela Current flanks the towering desert dunes of the Skeleton Coast National Park, bringing life and moisture to an arid area. Unique animal and plant species abound in this seemingly hostile environment. The adjoining Koakoveld is famed for its desert elephants, uniquely adapted to survive in this harsh and punishing land.

The world-renowned Etosha National Park is home to widespread herds of antelope, notable amongst them the stately gemsbok, a true symbol of Africa. Many diverse predators abound, preying on the enormous variety of wildlife resident in the Park. Elephants, gemsbok, rhino, zebra, wildebeest amongst others all share space at those few but vital waterholes. Great flocks of birds are resident and many exotic species are regular visitors to the area.

The lush and remote Caprivi Strip in the extreme northeast is an animal and bird watchers paradise. Located where four countries converge, the Caprivi is bordered by the Zambezi and Chobe rivers, home to the much sought after Tiger Fish, a quarry of renown. Here vast herds of elephant, the matriarchs shepherding their youngsters, gambol and drink in the thirst-quenching waters that bring life to the land.

Namibia is a unique destination with a magnificent abundance of bird and animal life. Exotic plant species found nowhere else bring delight and colour to a sometimes-barren landscape. 

                                                         
Namib Desert
 
WEATHER   Back to top

The best time to travel to Namibia is during the winter, between March and October, when the weather is warm and dry, although nights can be very cold, especially in the desert. The dry season is also best for game viewing, as animals gather at waterholes and are easier to find. Summers in Namibia are very hot, particularly in the desert which can be dangerously sweltering. Thunderstorms can be expected in the summer, between November and February, and fog often blankets the coastal areas.

Please go to our Weather Page for current forecasts and more.

                                                           

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GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Time: Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the first Sunday in April and the first Sunday in September).

Electricity: Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Round three-pin plugs are standard.

Money: The official currency is the Namibia Dollar (NAD) divided into 100 cents. Its value is equal to the South African Rand, which is also accepted as legal currency in Namibia. Major credit cards are accepted. Travellers cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at any bank or bureau de change, though cash is more expensive to exchange than travellers cheques. ATMs are available in larger towns only.


Currency Exchange Rates

NAD 1.00 =

USD 0.14

GBP 0.07

CAD 0.15

AUD 0.18

ZAR 0.98

EUR 0.11

NZD 0.22

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

Language: English is the official language, but many people also speak Afrikaans and German. There are also several indigenous languages spoken, mainly in the rural areas.

 

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Passport/Visa Note: All visitors require a passport valid for at least six months after the period of their intended stay, and documents for return or onward travel. Passports should have at least two pages free for endorsements.

Health: A yellow fever certificate is required for all travellers arriving from infected areas. Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and typhoid fever are also recommended. There is currently an outbreak of polio in the country, with the majority of cases reported in the capital Windhoek; 27 people have died and many others are affected. Travellers should ensure their polio vaccination is up to date. There is a malaria risk in the northern region during the rainy season, from January to April. HIV/AIDS is prevalent and cautions are essential. There has been an increase in the incidence of rabies among dogs in Windhoek. There are good medical facilities in Windhoek, but medical insurance is essential as treatment is expensive. Travellers to Namibia should take medical advice at least four weeks prior to departure.

Tipping: Tips of 10% are expected by tourist-orientated establishments where a service charge has not been included in the bill. Tour guides, game rangers and trackers rely on tips for their income, but these are discretionary and depend on good service.

Safety: The majority of visits to Namibia are trouble-free, but beware of street crime and pickpockets in the town centres. Theft from vehicles, especially from service stations, is common and valuables should be kept out of sight and the car locked. Avoid using taxis if possible and never take one alone. Care should be taken when travelling in the Caprivi Strip; travel in daylight hours only and stay on the main tarred highway, as there is a risk of landmines remaining from the Angolan civil war.

Customs: It is best to check before taking pictures of State House or properties where the President is residing, as well as any buildings guarded by the army or police.

Communications: The international access code for Namibia is +264. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa). Most towns are covered by a GSM 900/1800 mobile network. Internet access is available from some hotels and Internet cafes are available in Windhoek and Walvis Bay.

Duty Free: Travellers to Namibia over 16 years do not have to pay duty on 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco; 2 litres wine and 1 litre spirits or liquor; 50ml perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette; and gifts to the value of N$50,000.

                                                         
                                                         
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