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REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA
Namibia
Facts

Former Name: South West Africa

Capital: Windhoek (population 240 000)

Size: 824 292 sq km / 318 261 sq miles (31st largest country in the world)

Population: 1 757 000 

Ethnic Groups: Owambo, Kavango, Herero, Damara, Nama, Caprivian, San (Bushmen), Baster, Tswana (over 80% belong to these native African groups), Mixed, European 

Languages: English, Afrikaans, German, O(shi)vambo, (Otji)Herero, (Ru)Kwangali, Nama / Damara,(Si)Lozi, (Se)Tswana, other native languages

Local time: GMT +2

System: metric

Driving: On the left hand side of the road; you need an international driving license if you are not from a bordering African country, but a visitor from overseas

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Terrain / Climate / Weather

Namibia is generally divided into four geographic regions: the Namib Desert (with over 80 million years the oldest desert in the world) and the Skeleton Coast stretching along the Atlantic seaboard; the central high plateau with the capital Windhoek at 1 650 m / 5 414 ft; the Kalahari Desert to the south-east and the bush veld of the Okavango; and the Caprivi in the northern part. The country’s highest mountain is the Brandberg with a height of 2 621 m / 8 600 ft. The most important rivers are the Orange, Okavango, and Zambezi River. 

The arid Namib Desert has a typical desert climate, hot during the day, but very cold at night. Although Namibia sees over 300 sunny days per year, the coast can be quite foggy. Temperatures in the central high plateau are usually lower than in the regions closer to sea level. Namibia sees its wet season in summer, with the rains starting slowly in October and becoming the heaviest in the first quarter of the year.

Visas / Embassies

Citizens of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the US do not need a visa for Namibia. They will be granted a visitors' entry permit until their expected departure up to a maximum of 90 days upon arrival. Passports must be valid for at least another six months after your planned departure date and you also need to have an onward or return ticket. Children ID's are accepted, but must have enough room for entry stamp.

Diplomatic Embassies and High Commissions of Namibia
 
Germany
Wichmannstr. 5, 2nd Floor
10787 Berlin
Germany
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Tel. ++49 30 25 40 95 0
Fax ++49 30 25 40 95 55
namibiaberlin@aol.com
www.namibia-botschaft.de
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United Kingdom
6 Chandos St
London W1M 0LQ
United Kingdom
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Tel. ++44 20 7636 6244
Fax ++44 20 7637 5694
namibia.hicom@btconnect.com

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United States
1605 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington DC 20009
United States
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Tel. ++1 202 986 0540
Fax ++1 202 986 0443
embnamibia@aol.com
www.grnnnet.gov.na
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Diplomatic Embassies and High Commissions in Namibia
 
European Union
Sanlaam Centre (4th Floor)
154 Independence Ave (cnr. Fidel Castro Street)
Windhoek
Namibia
Postal Address: Embassy of the European Union, P.O.
Box 24443, Windhoek, Namibia
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Tel. ++264 61 2026 000
Fax ++264 61 2026 224
delnam@cec.eu.int
www.delnam.cec.eu.int
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Germany
Sanlaam Centre, 6th Floor
154 Independence Ave
Windhoek
Namibia
Postal address: Embassy of the Federal Republic of
Germany, P.O. Box 231, Windhoek, Namibia
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Tel. ++264 61 223 100
Fax ++264 222 981
info@german-embassy-windhoek.org
www.german-embassy-windhoek.org
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United Kingdom
116 Robert Mugabe Ave
Windhoek
Namibia
Postal Address: P.O. Box 22202, Windhoek, Namibia
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Tel. ++264 61 223 022; ++264 61 274 800
Fax ++264 61 228 895
bhc@mweb.com.na
general.winhoek@fco.gov.uk (general)
visa.windhoek@fco.gov.uk (visa)
passports.windhoek@fco.gov.uk (passport)
consular.windhoek@fco.gov.uk (consular)
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United States
14 Lossen St
Ausspannplatz
Windhoek
Namibia
Postal Address: Private Bag 12029, Windhoek, Namibia
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Tel. ++264 61 221 601
Fax ++264 61 229 792
HealyKC2@state.gov
www.usembassy.namib.com
www.usembassy.namibnet.com
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Money / Banks

1 Namibian Dollar (NAD) = 100 Cents
also South African Rand (ZAR)

The Namibian Dollar is tied to the South African Rand meaning the exchange rate is fixed at 1:1 (at least in Namibia, the rate might be lower in South Africa). The South African Rand is used as a parallel currency in Namibia, which saves you the trouble of exchanging if you are coming from / going to South Africa. You can exchange cash and traveller cheques at banks and foreign exchange bureaus for either Namibian Dollars or South African Rand. Credit cards are widely accepted, and can be used for cash advance and withdrawals from ATM's without problem. Upon arrival, a maximum of 2 000 Namibian Dollars can be importet.

Banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 13.00 and from 14.30 to 17.00 and Saturdays from 8.00 to 13.00.

Communication (Telephone / Post / Internet)

Country code: ++264. All numbers in Namibia start with 06, followed by a regional digit. City code Windhoek: 061. Mobile phone codes: 0811 and 0812
International access code from Namibia: 00
Internet code: .na

Other important numbers: 

Police: 10111
Ambulance: 10111

Post and telephone offices are usually open Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 13.00 and from 14.30 to 17.00 as well as Saturdays from 8.00 to 13.00. Internet cafes can be found in many places. 

Electricity

Namibia uses 220 V / 50 Hz.
The plug has round pins with ground.

Public Holidays
 
1 January New Year's Day 
21 March Independence Day
March / April (variable) Good Friday, Holy Saturday + Easter Monday
1 May International Workers' Day
4 May Cassinga Day
April / May (variable) Ascension Day
25 May Africa Day
26 August Heroes' Day
10 December Human Rights Day
25  + 26 December Christmas Day  + Boxing / Family Day

The President can declare any day in a particular year as a public holiday by proclamation in the Government Gazette.
There are also two observance days with special events in Namibia, namely Constitution Day at 9 February and United Nations Day at 24 October.

How to get there

Air

Air Namibia links Johannesburg, Cape Town, Alexander Bay, Harare, Victoria Falls, Lusaka, Maun and Gaborone with Windhoek. It also offers overseas flights to / from Frankfurt. South African Airways operates between Johannesburg and Windhoek as well as between Cape Town and Windhoek.

Overland

Driving

The main border crossings are: 

From Angola: Calueque – Ruacana, Cuangar – Nkurenkuru and Namacunde – Oshikango

From Botswana: Mamuno – Buitepos, Mohembo – Mahango, Ngoma Bridge, Mpalila Island – Kasane and Dobe

From South Africa: Nakop, Rietfontein and Vioolsdrif – Noordoewer

From Zambia: Sesheke – Wenela

From Zimbabwe: none

The general speed limit is 120 km/h (75 mph) and 60 km/h (37 mph) in built-up areas. If you enter Namibia with a vehicle that is not registered in Namibia, you have to buy a road-use certificate for 10 US $. If you want to leave Namibia with a vehicle registered there, you need to clear with police. If you want to bring a rental car from South Africa into the country, you will need a written permission of the rental agency. 

Bus

Only very few buses and minibuses do border crossings into Namibia. 

From Botswana: From Ghanzi, minibuses run to the Mamuno – Buitepos border crossing, from where you can catch another minibus to Windhoek. There is also a direct bus from Maun to Windhoek. 

From South Africa: Direct buses link Cape Town with Windhoek as well as Johannesburg with Windhoek (via Upington). 

Train

From South Africa: Starting in Upington, you can take a train into Namibia. The line splits at Seeheim from where you can either go to Luederitz or to Tsumeb or to Swakopmund via Windhoek.

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