Worth Knowing

Worth Knowing Namibia

General

Namibia has a surface area of 825’000km² and its Capital City is called Windhoek. At the 21th of March 1990 Namibia got the Independence from South Africa. Since then the political system is a Democracy with the SWAPO (South West African People’s Organisation) as the leading party and their President Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba.

Population

2.1 Million People live in Namibia. 15% of them in Windhoek and around 90% are Christian. There are in total 16 languages and dialects spoken by 13 ethnic cultures. English is the official language of Namibia, but Afrikaans and German are also widely spoken. The small Population of Namibia is extraordinary diverse in language and culture.

Native Languages

Otjiwambo, Herero, Nama, Damara, Khoekhoe, Kwangali

Windhoek – the Capital City

Windhoek lies in the heart of Namibia. Since the Independence in 1990, tourism has boomed and Windhoek offers many world-class restaurants, coffee shops, guest houses, B&B’s and hotels. With the two airports, Hosea Kutako International Airport and Eros Airport, it’s a good starting point for every kind of tour/safari.

Neighbouring Countries

In the north Angola, Zambia / In the south South Africa / In the east Botswana / Bordered in the west by the Atlantic Ocean

Climate

The Country is in between the Namib Desert in the west and the Kalahari Desert in the East. It’s one of the driest countries south of the Sahara. 70% of the country’s rainfall occurs between December and March. Temperatures in summer (October – April) reach above 35°C. During winter (May – September) days are warm but nights are very cold, often below 0°C.

Flora and Fauna

The big 5: Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino.
Perennial Rivers: South; Orange River / North; Kunene, Okavango, Zambezi and Kwando
Ephemeral Rivers: Fish River, the Kuiseb, the Ugab and the Swakop Rivers

Money

Currency: The Namibian Dollar (N$) is fixed to the value of the South African Rand, which can also be used in Namibia but not the other way round. All major credit cards are accepted.
Tourism Levy: All accommodation establishments are obliged by law to charge a tourism levy of either 1% (all inclusive rate) or 2% (BED or B&B rate).

Health

The North of Namibia is a malaria-endemic area and travellers are advised to us insect repellents and prophylactics to be safe when travelling through these areas. The main concern is to sleep under a net, wear long sleeved tops and trousers/socks to prevent mosquito bites.

Gravel Roads

A safe speed on gravel roads is about 60-80km/h. If you follow this advice you will most likely be able to control your vehicle when in dangerous situation. In Namibia you drive on the left side of the road. Always ensure you have a thorough check done on your entire vehicle – tyres, brakes and spare.
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