The country of Namibia is a land of contrasts located between in the southern regions of Africa, with huge desert plains to the thirsty riverbeds, while the Etosha National Park is filled with wild animals gathering at waterholes, a destination that will calm one's soul and spirit. This beautiful destination is divided in diverse landscapes along with its own magnitude and tourist attractions.
Climate & Best time to visit Namibia
If you want to visit a country where you can be sure of seeing lots of that yellow thing up against the blue sky that we call the sun, then Namibia is awaiting you. Nearly 300 sunny days per year and cool nights due to a relatively high altitude (sometimes lower than 0° C) as well as nice warm days (tempreture between 22°C and 26°C) in the winter season with a very low humidity climate.
Area Size: 824 290 km² (317 880 sq miles)
1 Namibian dollar is equal to 100 cents.
Accommodation and food
Throughout the easy accessible parts of the country the quality is high and sometimes on par with European standard. Local delicacies include biltong (dried strips of meat), droëwors (dried sausage), rauchfleisch (smoked meat) and venison (game meat) prepared in various ways. Accommodation range from numerous luxurious hotels and lodges (with exceptionally good facilities and service) to basic camping sites.
Western customs prevail in Namibia and normal courtesies should be shown when visiting country and local homesteads. 10% is customary for tipping.
What to Wear
The best advice regarding clothes - wear sunblock as you would normal clothes (always) and bring both hot and cold clothes during summer and winter months - cotton is well recommended. Shoes are essential against the warm ground temperatures.
Health and Safety
Namibia has a very peaceful attitude and the crime rate is low. It has been noted that petty crime in Windhoek is increasing dramatically and extra care should be taken in this city especially in deserted areas and at night. The motto here is - be vigilant. The government does react very swiftly against criminality aimed against tourists and police are generally very helpful and friendly. Always keep the vehicle locked with no visible articles in unattended vehicles. Be careful of bag snatchers, pickpockets and con-artists with all kinds of sad stories or too-good-to-be-true stories. In addition to health insurance, normal travel insurance is advisable.
Entry requirements, all foreign visitors must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended period of stay. Most nationalities don't need a visa.
Useful addresses, there are some diplomatic representation in certain countries of the world including
Namibia attractions & activities
One has to search very far to find a country that has such a spectacular variety of scenery, cultures, good weather, wildlife and above all a hospitality that is intoxicating. The western part consists mainly of desert, but a desert that constantly changes - from rocky moon landscapes to red sand dunes that towers many hundreds of metres above sea-level. The north-east is thick bushveld where the biggest part of the population lives. The south is grassy savannah which can become barren in times of draughts.