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Namibia Fact File

OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of NamibiaFlag of Namibia

AREA: Namibia covers 824,292 sq km (318,259 sq mi).

LOCATION:
Situated on the south-western coast of Africa, Namibia borders Angola and Zambia in the north, South Africa in the south and Botswana in the east.

SAFETY: Namibia is generally a very safe country

POPULATION: Slightly more than 2.2 million

CAPITAL CITY: Windhoek

SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT: Multi-party Democracy

HEAD OF STATE: President Hifikepunye Pohamba since 2005.

PRIME MINISTER: Nahas Angula since 2005.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: 21 March 1990

LANGUAGE: English (official), German, Afrikaans, Bantu and Khoisan

LITERACY:
The current literacy rate in Namibia is about 83%, one of the highest in Africa.

RELIGION:
Freedom of religion was adopted through Namibia's Bill of Fundamental Rights. About 90% of the population is Christian.

TIME ZONE:
Summer time: GMT + 2 hours from the 1st Sunday in September to the 1st Sunday in April. Winter time: GMT + 1 hour from the 1st Sunday in April to the 1st Sunday in September

INTERNATIONAL DIALLING CODE: +264

ELECTRICITY: 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Outlets are of the round three-pin type.

VISAS:
Not required for UK and Ireland passport holders

CURRENCY:
The Namibian dollar (N$) is currently tied to the South African rand, which is widely accepted for cash payments. Banks are capable and efficient. Traveller’s cheques in UK£ and US$ are both accepted.

Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards; petrol stations require cash. ATM machines (BOB tills) will accept foreign cards; you must select ‘credit card account’ regardless of actual account type.

GETTING THERE:
British Airways and South African Airways fly from London Heathrow to Johannesburg and offer good connections to Windhoek. Air Namibia flies to Windhoek from Frankfurt.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS:
Air Namibia operates a limited service. Small, reliable, privately run 4–6 seater light aircraft link lodges and bush airstrips all over the country. Flying is the only way to access the northern Skeleton Coast.

FLYING TIME: 12 hours via Frankfurt, or 13 hours via Johannesburg.

SELF-DRIVE:
Roads are excellent, the traffic signals and signposting are clear, making driving a pleasure. The trunk roads are very good tarmac, but most others are smooth gravel; limit yourself to 80kmph on these roads as going any faster would lead to accidents. A 2WD is ideal unless you are visiting during the rainy season or heading to off-beat areas like Bushmanland or Caprivi.

CLIMATE:
April – October is warm, sunny with little rainfall.

December – March is the rainy season.

The best time to view game is during the drier winter months when the animals congregate at water holes.
 

HEALTH:
Malaria occurs in central and northeast Namibia – principally in Caprivi, Kavango, Owambo and Northern Kunene. Malaria does not occur in these areas throughout the year, so it’s best to consult a medical practitioner or doctor for the appropriate precautions a few weeks/at least 3 months before you travel. Your tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and diphtheria jabs should be up to date.

www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk is a good source of information.

FIND OUT MORE:
Namibia Tourist Board

www.namibiatourism.com.na