Namibia


Namibia is a hauntingly beautiful destination and lucky is the person who steps on the golden sands of this heavenly gift from God!

Landscape with unique landscapes, surreal sunsets, towering sand dunes and desert mists; swirling dust from wildlife herds on the searing pans of Etosha; Damarland’s lunar landscape and the desolation of Skeleton Coast, the sheer magnificence of the Namib Naukluft with its multi hued and immense and roaring sand dunes Namibia is a place of solitude and silence, vast spaces, great destinations, stunning locations and incredible wildlife – and friendly people – need we say more?

Fact File

Where is Namibia?
It is situated Southern Hemisphere in the South West of Africa and is bordered by Angola to the north, Zambia in the northeast, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south.

How big is Namibia?
Namibia is 825,418 sq km (318,696 sq miles) in size.

What is the Population?
It has an estimated population of about 1,850,700.

What time zone does it fall under?
Namibian time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time in summer, and one hour ahead in winter.

What is the Capital City of Namibia?
Windhoek is the capital city and is located in an airy central highland basin surrounded by mountains at an average altitude of 1720 metres (5,590 feet).

What is the weather and climate like in Namibia?
Namibia boasts a temperate and subtropical climate, characterized by hot and dry conditions with little rain along the coast. The cold Benguela currents ensure that the temperatures remain moderate through the year – while periods of winter drought alternate with excessive summer rainfall between October and March with the interior experiencing slightly higher rainfall.
Windhoek: Average annual precipitation is 360mm and average temperature ranges are from 6 to 20 degrees Celsius in July to 17 to 29 degrees Celsius in January but be prepared for worse in winter as the odd cold night can really get cold if you are not prepared for it.

When should I visit Namibia?
Namibia is generally a year round destination but the peak season is from July to October. For favourable photographic opportunities, April to June is recommended because of the clear skies. For the best game viewing opportunities, July to October is recommended as this is when animals congregate around the waterholes.

What type of Government does Namibia have?
Namibia consists of 13 regions and has a legal system based on Roman Dutch law and 1990 constitution. The country is led by the chief of state where the President is the head of government. The Prime Minister and his cabinet are appointed by the president from the members of the National Assembly. Elections are held every five years.

What currency must I bring with?
The official currency of Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (ND), divided into 100 cents. The Namibian Dollar and South African Rand are the only currency accepted in Namibia. The Namibian Dollar is not accepted in other countries. Traveler’s cheques in Rands are accepted. Foreign currency can be converted into Namibian Dollars or South African Rands at commercial and bureaux de change. The currency exchange facility is at Hosea Kutlako International Airport.

Can I use my credit card?
Major credit cards are widely accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club. Cards can also be used to withdraw cash from ATM’s. Filling stations do not accept credit cards, only petrol cards. Some filling stations accept cash.

What are the Bank Opening Hours?
Windhoek, Swakopmund,
Rundu: Mon – Fri 09h00 – 15h30. Sat 08h30 – 11h00
Keetmanshoop,
Tsumeb: Mon – Fri 09h30 – 12h30; 14h00 – 15h30. Sat 08h30 – 10h30
Katima Mulilo: Mon – Fri 09h00 – 12h45; 14h00 – 14h30

How much should I Tip?
It is customary to give 10% of the bill in restaurants. Porters should receive about 2-5 N$ and a petrol station attendant about 2N$

Is Namibia a safe destination?
Namibia is a peaceful country and is currently not involved in any wars. Namibia has, however, a relatively high crime rate. It is advised to not walk around or take taxis alone after dark in Windhoek or Oshakati. Pickpockets can also be a problem. Just be alert and use some common sense and you should be fine. If you want to visit a township, do so in a group with someone who is familiar with the area. Driving under the influence of alcohol is also a big problem in Namibia, so when driving and walking on weekend evenings, be extra alert.

What is the Country Dialing Code of Namibia?
The Namibian country dialing code is 264. Each city or region has a 2 digit area code. When dialing long distance calls, prefix the area code with a zero.

Can I use my Cell/mobile phone in Namibia?
Mobile phones are common in Namibia and use the same frequency Europe and the rest of Africa. The Namibian cell phone network is MTC. Sim cards can be bought at MTC stores and other cell phones shops. Cell One is the second cell phone provider in Namibia.

Is there internet connectivity?
There are internet cafes in Windhoek, Swakopmund and Opuwo.

What plugs and power voltage is used in Namibia?
The voltage in Namibia is 220-230 V (identical to South Africa). Plug type M is used in most places. Most supermarkets sell adaptors. Farmers generate their own electricity with a diesel generator, which is usually run only during the day. At night they use candle light or light from a 12 Volt battery.

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