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  Climate

The climate varies from arid in the west, through to semi-arid and sub-humid in the central and north-eastern regions. There are frequent prolonged periods of drought. Rainfall is largely confined to the summer months (November to March). Due to the nutrient-rich Benguela Current that flows up from Antarctic waters and is the source of Namibia's fishing industry. The country's coastline is cooler than the rest of the country, with frequent sea fog. Namibia is well known for its diversity of plants and wildlife.

 

Winter (May to September). Dry Season. Inland temperatures can range in the day from 18c to 25c and fall below zero at night. Be sure to pack some warm clothing

 

Summer (October to April). Sporadic Rainy Season December to March. Day time temperatures from 20c to 35c, but during hot spells can reach over 40c. Coastal temperatures are much cooler ranging from 15c to 25c. Pack warm and cool weather clothing.

 

Humidity: Namibia is mainly desert and generally the humidity levels are low. However, during and following summer rains it can reach 80% in those areas having experienced rains.

 

Rains: The coastal towns usually experience less that 50mm ( 2 ins )in a year. The central to northern areas 350 - 700mm ( 14 - 28 ins)

 

Temperature Conversion Table

Cel 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55
Fah 32 41 50 59 68 77 86 95 104 113 122 131

 Communications

The international dialling code for Namibia is +264

When making international calls from Namibia the prefix before dialling the foreign country code is 00

Most areas of Namibia are networked to automatic telephone exchanges. Telephone charge rates are favourable when compared to most African countries and the service is good.

 

Cellular phone  coverage in Namibia is provided by "Mobile Telecommunications Ltd." Referred to locally as MTC. All major towns in Namibia along with lengthy sections of the national highways are covered. MTC currently have roaming agreements with over 50 countries.

 

Starter pack SIM card are inexpensive and available at many outlets.


  Conservation

The Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF), established 12 years ago, is Namibia's leading non-governmental environmental organisation. The Foundation's primary aim is to promote the conservation and wise utilization of natural resources in Namibia. It is a small, but dynamic institution, governed by an independent Board of Trustees.

 

The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN), incorporating the Desert Ecological Research Unit (DERU), is dedicated to cr4eating and furthering awareness and understanding of arid environments and developing the capacity, skills and knowledge to manage them. An independently funded non-governmental organization dedicated to the sustainable use of Namibia's environment, the DRFN conducts and facilitates appropriate, participatory and applied short term research on the environment.

 

One of Namibia's longest-standing and most proactive non-governmental Organization is the Save The Rhino Trust founded 19 years ago to protect the dwindling black rhino populations in the arid western section of the Kunene Region from poachers and ultimate extinction.

 

The conservation and future survival of Namibia's free-roaming cats are the mission of three non-governmental organizations, The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), the Africat Foundation and the Afri-Leo Foundation. These organizations work in close-co-operation with the MET. The CCF focuses specifically on cheetah conservation, working closely with commercial farmers, on whose land the world's largest remaining free-ranging cheetahs (an estimated 2500) have to co-exist with livestock

The objective of the Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) is to link conservation and sustainable use of wildlife and other natural resources to the social and economic development of rural communities in Namibia. As a community based agency operation in the Kunene and Caprivi Regions, the IRDNC employs a technical team of 47 and supports a further 130 community workers.

Providing relief to rescued animals that have been injured, orphaned or in some way displaced is the Namibia Animal Rehabilitation, Research and Education centre (NARREC), an organization with facilities to accommodate a wide variety of bird species (the greatest number of injured wild animals found are birds) especially predatory birds, and provide hospitalization and rehabilitation to a variety of small mammals.

(Extract from Namibia Holiday and Travel 2002)


  Drinking Water

Tap water is considered safe and potable in most areas of Namibia. Over the past few years locally bottled mineral water has become quite popular and a variety can be purchased in most supermarkets and supply shops.

 

 Electrical Appliances

All operate on 240V. Namibia uses the round 3 pin 15 Amp. South African standard sockets and plugs. Adaptor plugs can be bought in most supermarkets and electrical shops.

 

Photo of South Africa Type 15amp Electrical plug round 3 pin

 

  Emergency Numbers

You can find the relevant contact numbers etc. listed on the Town Pages and Site Map


  Firearms

Visitors are not allowed to carry handguns in Namibia. Only properly licensed hunting rifles with valid permits for Namibia are permitted. License and permits should be applied for well in advance as attempting t0o do so at the border is a lengthy process. Hunting rifles are not allowed in Botswana and have to be carried sealed if in transit to Namibia. All arms and ammunition should be declared even if in Possession of a valid South African permit. Firearms in Namibia


  Language

The official language is English. All documents and signs are in this language. English is spoken widely. However, you will find that the majority of Namibians still communicate with each other in Afrikaans, German, or an ethnic language.


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  Peoples

With an estimated (2003) 1,83 million people in a land area of 825,418 sq km Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. More than half of the population live in the northern area of Owamboland. The ethnic grouping is:  black 87%; white 6%; mixed 6.5%. note: about 50% of the population belong to the Owambo tribe and 9% to the Kavango tribe; other ethnic groups are: Herero 7%, Damara 7%, Nama 5%, Caprivian 4%, Bushmen 3%, Baster 2%, Tswana 0.5%


  Personal Safety

A tourist in any country is often the preferred target of thieves and pick-pockets. Take care to lock your car. Remove all goods from the passenger area of the car and place them in the trunk when leaving the vehicle parked. make use of 'registered' car guards. Personal Safety in Southern Africa


  Pets

Pets are not allowed in Game Parks, Reserves, or Lodges.

Check on veterinary entry requirements before leaving your home country.

Check with accommodation establishments as to whether they will accept pets.


  Public Transport:

Public transport in Southern Africa is not of the standard that one finds in Europe. There are scheduled bus services between the major towns, but these are limited and should you intend to make use of this form of transport you should pre-book your ticket.   Travel By Rail:    Scheduled Bus Service


  Namibia Time

Namibia summer time is from the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April which is GMT + 2 hours. During this period Namibia time is the same as Botswana and South Africa.

Namibia winter time is from the first Sunday in April to the First Sunday in September which is GMT + 1 hour. During this period Namibia time differs by 1 hour from Botswana and South African time. Note well that the Caprivi Region of Namibia does not alter its' time during this period and remains on the same time as Botswana and South Africa.


  Travel Insurance

Before commencing your journey it is advisable to take out travel insurance in your home country.


  VAT

All goods and services in Namibia are subject to VAT. The standard rate for most items is 15%. Visitors can claim back VAT paid for goods purchased in Namibia. There is an office at Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport where refunds can be claimed. Telephone enquires for further information to the Ministry of Finance Information Centre in Windhoek at +264 61 2092642 or 2092644. VAT Reclaim

 

  Important Info    You should understand exactly  what is required for entry into Namibia.

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Links in This Category : Please read and understand the information pages from the below links. The Namibia Immigration authorities are efficient. Should your documentation not be in order you will be refused entry.

Namibia Immigration Requirements and Visas

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Applying For Temporary Work or Study Permits

Namibia Constitution of the Republic of Namibia

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Your Awareness and Safety

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