Info and Travel Tips

Namibia is a country full of contrasts and adventures. A kaleidoscope of colours,impressions and surprises awaits visitors to this tranquil country.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Country: Republic of Namibia
Capital: Windhoek
GPS Coordinates: Windhoek 22°33'55" S, 17°04'19" E.
Total Area: 825,418.00 sq km 318,695.67 sq mi
Population: 1,771,327 (July 2000 estimate)
Languages: English (official language). National Languages are Afrikaans, German, Oshivambo, Herero, Damara/Nama, Lozi, Kwangali, and Tswana.
Religions: Christian 80% - 90%, Indigenous beliefs 10% - 20%
Government Type: Republic
Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD) N$1 = 100 cents. The Namibian dollar is currently fixed to and has the same value as the South African rand (R/ZAR), which is also legal tender in Namibia. To convert any currency, please, use our Currency Converter.
Time: GMT 1 from March to September, GMT 2 from October to February.
Measures: Metric system
Education: Cambridge IGCSE/HIGCSE system
Industry: Meat packing, fish processing, dairy products, mining for diamonds, lead, zinc, copper, uranium, gold, tungsten, silver, marble, granite, and tin)
Agriculture: sorghum, mahango, millet, peanuts, livestock, and fish.
Exports: Diamonds, copper, gold, zinc, lead, uranium, gold, lead, tin, beef, and processed fish.
Natural Resources: Diamonds, copper, zinc, uranium, gold, lead, tin, lithium, cadmium, salt, vanadium, natural gas, hydropower, and fish.
International Membership: ACP-EU, ADB, UNCTAD, WTO, NAPU, World Bank, MIGA, IMF, SACU, COMESA, SADC, OAU, UNO, and The Commonwealth.

CLIMATE

Namibia is a desert country and the climate is exactly what you'd expect of it. It gets really hot in January/February, ranging from 20°C to 35°C with some places nearing 40°C in summer, especially in the South. Summer evenings are splendid, but in the desert it can get pretty chilly. Winter days are not too hot and quite comfortable actually (18°C to 22°C) with the evenings becoming cold (-1°C to 6°C).

Namibia's rainy season is in summer and usually starts around January and lasts till about April/May. When it rains Namibian's are all in a great mood, though we are "children of the sun", the rains are welcomed and Namibia turns green literally overnight.

Joke: Namibia receives approximately 6 inches of rain… Each drop is six inches apart!

Joke: A Boy Scout, attending the International Scouts Jamboree is asked a question for his survival badge. "What would you do if you fell into a river?" The Boy Scout, with a look of complete conviction on his face replied: "Well, I would get up and dust myself off"

CRIME AND SAFETY

It is just good sense to be conscious of your possessions and your safety when travelling. Namibia is not a very dangerous place but incidents of mugging and robbery do occur. Lock your doors; don't give criminals any incentives. Walking around in the centre of towns during the day is pretty safe, but be cautious at night especially if you are unfamiliar with the area. Use the radio taxi services when travelling within the towns at night and avoid the common taxis.
Be cautious of unlicensed newspaper vendors as they are used to distract your attention while their partners engage in pick pocketing and bag snatching. Be vigilant when walking around. Do not go into the township areas without someone who is trustworthy and knows the area. As a tourist, it's just asking for trouble.