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Namibia has sights, sounds, aromas, tastes and emotions in abundance waiting for you to experience. From the dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean, to the dusty plains of the Kalahari; awesome contrasting landscapes, the spectacular vistas of the geological formations in Damaraland, the colourful palette of the monumental dunes near Sossusvlei and the lush green vegetation of the Caprivi; mere mortals stand in wonder at this breathtaking beauty.

  • Etosha National Park

    Etosha National Park

  • Sossusvlei

    Sossusvlei

  • Caprivi Stripe

    Caprivi Stripe

  • Fish River Canyon

    Fish River Canyon

How to get there

Transportation to Namibia is usually by air, with direct flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as direct international flights from Frankfurt. Hosea Kutako International Airport is situated 45 km's east of Windhoek, as strong prevailing winds and high mountain ranges render the Windhoek valley unsuitable for large planes to land.


Credit Cards

International Visa, Diners Club, American Express and MasterCard credit cards are generally accepted, while the Speedpoint and ATM facilities assure quick and efficient service. Holders of other card types are advised to clarify whether their card qualifies as an acceptable payment method in Namibia. You have the possibility to exchange foreign currency at a number of hotels and lodges throughout the country. Note: No credit cards are accepted at petrol service stations.


Local time

Namibia’s summertime is two hours ahead of GMT from the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April. Wintertime is one hour ahead of GMT, from the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in September.


Currency

The Namibia Dollar (N$) equals the South African Rand (ZAR) 1:1. The South African Rand is legal tender in Namibia and is accepted throughout for payment. Denominations: 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, N$1, N$5, N$10, N$20, N$50, N$100, N$200.


Water

Tap water is safe to drink throughout the country, except for isolated rural areas, where the consumption of filtered or bottled mineral water is recommended.


Electricity

220/240 Volts AC. Round two or three-pole 15 amp plugs are used, it is advisable to buy an appropriate adapter before leaving home.


Health and entry requirements

Due to the hot dry climate Namibia is virtually free of tropical diseases, therefore health certificates are not normally required. Visitors arriving from a yellow fever zone require a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Anti malaria prophylactics area advisable if visiting the north of Namibia. A valid passport, which is valid for 6 months beyond intended departure, is required. Contact your nearest Namibian Tourism Board office or Namibian Embassy for an updated list.


Medical Services

All major centres have state-run hospitals and in Windhoek there are currently three world-standard hospitals. Doctors are listed under ‘Classified Medical Listings’ in the local telephone directory. As Namibia is such a vast country, emergency medical evacuation services extend to the furthest corners of Namibia and are supported by a well-developed charter industry and a good road network. Insurance covering travel, accidents, illness and hospitalisation is advised for the duration of your stay and must be arranged at time of booking.


Climate

Seasons are opposite to those of the northern hemisphere. Namibia averages 300 days of sunshine a year! The climate is typical of a semi-desert country where droughts are a regular occurrence. September to April are summer months with the rainfall season from October to April. Winter ranges from May – August. At the coast hot east-wind weather may occur during winter times.


The average temperatures in degrees Celsius are:

Windhoek: 15°C - 35°C (Summer); 7°C - 28°C (Winter)

Swakopmund: 12°C - 22°C (Summer); 9° - 18°C (Winter)

Fish River Canyon: 17°C - 34°C (Summer); 6°C - 27°C (Winter)

Etosha National Park: 17°C - 32°C (Summer); 7°C - 26°C (Winter)

Average rainfall figures vary from less than 50 mm along the coast to 350 mm in the central and 700 mm in the far northeastern regions.


Language

The official language is English but German and Afrikaans are widely spoken and understood. Namibia has 15 ethnic groups with some 27 languages and dialects being spoken.

Air Namibia

We suggest you fly Air Namibia from Frankfurt to Windhoek

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