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Namibia


- For the adventurous nature lover! -


Namibia is a country of contrasts that offers a diversity of cultures. It boasts wild coastal landscapes, rugged mountains, vast deserts and stunning wildlife. Despite the harsh climate, Namibia has some of the world's most magnificent national parks, including the very wildlife rich Etosha National Park and the Namib-Naukluft Park in the west where you can find the world's highest sand dunes.
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Capital: Windhoek
Government: Republic
Size: 825 418 km ²
Population: 2.2 million (2010)
Currency: Namibian Dollar, 1 dollar = 100 cents
Official languages: English, Oshiwambo, Afrikaans, German
Time difference: UTC +1
Namibia...
…is located in south-western Africa and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, South Africa to the south, Botswana to the east, Zambia to the north east and Angola in the north. Having previously been under German rule, and subsequent South African rule, Namibia became an independent state as recently as 1990 and is one of the youngest countries in Africa.
Introduction
Namibia is a country of contrasts that offers a diversity of cultures and boasts wild coastal landscapes, rugged mountains, vast deserts and stunning wildlife. Namibia is predominantly a dry, barren and arid landscape and can be divided into four topographical regions – The Namib Desert and coastal plains in the west, the Central Highlands, the Kalahari along the border with South Africa and Botswana, and lastly the dense woodlands of Kavango and Caprivi in the north.

Despite the harsh climate, Namibia has some of the world's most magnificent national parks, including the very wildlife rich Etosha National Park in north-western Namibia and the Namib-Naukluft Park in the west, where you will encounter the world's highest sand dunes. Namib-Naukluft Park is divided into four sections - Namib Naukluft, Sandwich Harbour and perhaps the most famous section, Soussusvlei and Sesriem.

The capital Windhoek, located in the central highlands, is Namibia's commercial centre while Swakopmund attracts surfers and beach lovers from around the world. Namibia is the perfect country for those who are adventurous nature lovers who appreciate untouched beauty!


Weather
The climate in Namibia varies greatly between the different regions. Generally, you can say that the rainy season extends from November to March, but since much of Namibia is made up of desert, not much rain falls in these areas during this period.

In the dry parts of the Namib Desert it's not uncommon with daily temperatures of over 40 °C during the day and drops to below freezing point at night during the summer. The north-eastern part of the country, with its subtropical climate, experiences the highest rainfall and records an average annual rainfall of 600mm. In the inland and in the north it rains between October and November, while the period from January to April is stormier.

Driving in Namibia
Driving in Namibia is very similar to driving in South Africa, you drive on the left hand side and the rules are very similar. But it also differs a slightly and it is advisable to do your research before you set out on your adventure. A passenger car is appropriate for most trips, as long as you don't intend to do any off road driving. However, things like long distances, poor mobile coverage in some areas and sparsely spaced fuel stations means your tour requires some degree of planning.

Just over 85% of Namibia's roads are gravel roads; only the main roads are paved and they connect the corners of the country. The condition of gravel roads are generally good, but it's important to be cautious and not drive too fast.

The prospect of long hours in the car sometimes result in travellers driving faster than what is considered safe. The speed limit is generally 120 km/h on the main tarred roads and 100 km/h on gravel roads, but in the interest of safety, it is exceeding 60 km/h on gravel roads is not advisable. Not only are there plenty of wild animals that roam freely, there may be loose stones. Dust stirred up by other cars can also decrease visibility considerably and sometimes road conditions change rapidly.

When it rains in Namibia, it rains a lot and flash floods can occur. If this happens, you should not try to cross a flooded road. One never knows the depth of the water or how the road surface beneath the water has been affected. Although it may look like an innocuous amount of water, the flow can be very strong.


Additional Information
You might need a visa to travel to Namibia on holiday, please check with the Namibian Consulate or Embassy in your country.

Malaria is present in the northern regions of Namibia, mainly from November to June, so malaria prophylaxis is therefore advisable as a precautionary measure when travelling to those parts.

Visa Card and Master Card are generally accepted throughout Namibia. Just be aware that fuel stations often don't accept cards.
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