Welcome to wide open spaces and star studded skies.
Straddled between two deserts, the Namib along the coastline and the Kalahari on the
eastern interior, Namibia’s rich and colorful African culture has blended with the German, European and South African traditions. Customs and architecture have evolved into Namibia’s unique contrasts and atmosphere. From the extensive salt pans of Etosha National Park with its woodland and grassland habitats and extensive wildlife species, to the steep arid red dunes of Sossusvlei and the Namib Nauklift desert and the wild uninhabited Skeleton coast there is a startling scenery which draws the visitor to one of Africa’s most impressive and unique Safaris.
Amazing marine life just off Swakopmund offers a spectacular diversity to desert scape and the dramatic historic remnants of the shipwrecked Skeleton Coast. The desert adapted wildlife is a wonder to behold in the moonscape of Damaraland, Rock paintings of Twyfelfontein and the rugged and rocky landscape of Palmwag where the last free-roaming black rhino rove.
The animal kingdom is well represented by the large mammal group represented by elephant, giraffe, rhino, and buffalo with endangered species such as black rhino, cheetah, wild dog, lion, kudu, waterbuck and oribi. Out of 887 bird species recorded in Southern Africa 620 have been found in Namibia.
The vast star-studded night skies offer breathtaking stargazing.
With an area of 824 268 square km, Namibia is situated in Southern Africa and borders on South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Zimbabwe. The country is divided into 13 constitutional regions, with four distinct topographical regions: the Namib, a long and narrow coastal desert; central plateau running from north to south with an altitude up to 2000 m above sea level; the eastern lowlands including Kalahari desert; the high rainfall areas of Okavango and Caprivi. The highest mountain in Namibia is the Brandberg with a height of 2 579 m above sea level and there are five perennial (permanent) rivers situated on the country's borders: Kunene, Okavango, Zambezi, and Kwando/Linyanti/Chobe rivers in the north and north-east and Orange river in the south.
The national currency of Namibia is the Namibian dollar (N$), divided into 100 cents. The South African Rand is also legal tender in the country and linked to Namibian dollar on 1:1 basis. Major foreign currencies and travellers cheques can be exchanged in any bank. Rates for travellers cheques are better than cash. When changing money, you can choose between Namibian dollars or South African rand; for changing leftover money after your trip, rand is better. It's worth noting that the rand and the Namibian dollar have equal value in Namibia, but the Namibian dollar drops to about 70% of the rand in South Africa. Credit cards are widely accepted in shops, restaurants and hotels.
The northern part of the country is an endemic malaria area. We strongly recommend for all visitors to take necessary precautions.. Always consult your doctor on correct prophylaxis before entering the country. Polio is still present in the southern part of the country.
Blood in Namibia is donated by unpaid volunteers and carefully checked by blood transfusion service for hepatitis and AIDS. Because of huge distances high costs are involved in the case of accident or injury so it is advisable for all visitors to carry comprehensive insurance
Climate & Best Time to Travel
In general the climate is dry with the exception of the high rainfall area in the far nother east. The summer day temperature can reach up to 42 degrees C, while night winter temperature can reach as low as -5 degrees C. Rain in Namibia usually falls in the summer. The dry winter season (May to October) is the most pleasant time to visit Namibia. Between December and March the heat can be extreme in Namib-Naukluft Park and Etosha National Park. Resort areas are busiest during both Namibian and South African school holidays, which usually take place from mid-December to mid-January, late-April to early June, and late-August to mid-September.
Valid passports are required by all foreign nationals to enter Namibia. Citizens of the following countries do not require visas to enter: Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Canada and the US. Visitors must be able to prove that they have sufficient funds to cover their stay in the country. Air arrivals must have a valid return air-ticket