Namibia

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Namibia: 

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Quick Facts:

Area:  318,696 sq mi
Capital City:  Windhoek
Government:  Presidential Republic
President: Hifikepunye Pohamba  Prime Minister: Hage Geingob
Languages:  English, Ovambo, Damara, Kavango, Herero, German, Afrikaans
Location:  situated between the Namib and the Kalahari deserts in sub-Saharan Africa.
Population size: 2,100,000   Population density:  6.6/sq mi
Telephone code: +264
Time difference: Summer: First Sunday in September to first Sunday in April – 2 hours in advance Greenwich Mean Time, Winter: First Sunday in April to first Sunday in September – 1 hour in advance Greenwich Mean Time

Banks/ Foreign Exchange:

In Windhoek, Swakopmund and Rundu banks are open from 09:00 to 15:00, Monday to Friday, and 08:30 to 11:00 on Saturdays. Bureaux de Change at Windhoek International Airport.
Major hotels have foreign exchange facilities and will accept traveller’s cheques.

Climate:

Typically semi desert, with hot days and cool nights. Namibia averages 300 days of sunshine a year.

Summer (October – April)

  • Rainy season (from less than 50mm in central Namibia and 700mm in Caprivi)
  • Average interior temperatures range from 20˚C – 34˚C during the day. 40˚C is often recorded in the extreme  north and south of the country
  • Humidity is generally very low in most parts of Namibia, but can reach as high as 80% in the extreme north during summer
  • The coast influenced by the cold Benguela current, boasts relatively stable range of 15˚C – 25˚C
  • Heavy fog is fairly common at night

Winter (May – September)

  • Temperatures in the interior range from 18˚C – 25˚C
  • Below freezing temperatures and ground frost are common at night
  • Usually dry (no rain) and no clouds

Clothing:

Casual, comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year items should include:

  • Bush hat
  • T-shirts
  • One long-sleeved cotton shirt (gents)/long-sleeved blouse (ladies)
  • Shorts/skirts, jeans or safari trousers, tracksuit, swimsuit
  • Good walking shoes, sandals, warm jersey, jacket or parka (for game drives) and light rain gear in summer
  • Bright colours are not recommended – Khaki is fine.  NO CAMOUFLAGE CLOTHING IS PERMITTED

Other suggested items are: good quality sunglasses, moisturizing cream, lip-salve, UV sunblock, torch, insect repellant, binoculars and camera

Laundry:

A laundry service is available at all camps, but certain camps charge a nominal fee for this facility.

Credit Cards/ Currency:

Mastercard and Visa are generally accepted throughout Namibia. Credit cards are not accepted at fuel stations.
The currency is the Namibian Dollar (N$), which is divided into 100 cents. The currency is fixed and equal to the South African Rand (ZAR). Notes are issued in the denomination of N$200, N$100, N$50 and N$10. Coins are issued as N$5, N$1, 50cents and 5cents. The Namibian Dollar and South African Rand are the only legal tender

General Sales Tax

General Sales Tax (GST) in Namibia is 10%. Bona fide tourists to Namibia are exempt from paying sales duty or exercise duty on luxury items such as jewellery of Swakara (fur) garments.

Duty Free/ Customs Allowances

  • 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 250g tobacco
  • 1 litre spirits, 2 litres wine
  • 300ml perfume
  • Limited shopping at Windhoek International Airport

Electrical Current:

250 volts AC, 50 Hz. The South African 3-point plug system is used, although most hotels do have adaptors.

Health Concerns:

Remember malaria medication is required. Cases of Polio have occurred in the south, but not north of Windhoek. It is very important that visitors drink plenty of water, especially during the summer months.

Metal Hips, Pins, Knee Replacements, Pacemakers, etc:

Please be aware that if any guests travelling with us have had a knee or hip replacement (usually metal) or have pins, pacemakers, etc., they may set off security alarms at airports which can prevent them from being allowed to board. Our recommendation is that they travel with a doctor’s card / letter stating this information, to show security officials to ensure there are no delays, especially at our regional airports.

Holidays: 2018

Date Day Holiday
1 Jan Mon New Year’s Day
21 Mar Wed Independence Day
30 Mar Fri Good Friday
1 Apr Sun Easter Sunday
2 Apr Mon Easter Monday
1 May Tue Workers’ Day
4 May Fri Cassinga Day
10 May Thu Ascension Day
25 May Fri Africa Day
26 Aug Sun Heroes’ Day
27 Aug Mon Heroes’ Day Holiday
10 Dec Mon Human Rights Day / Women’s Day
25 Dec Tue Christmas Day
26 Dec Wed Family Day

Passport/ Visa Requirements:

International visitors require a valid passport together with onward travel documents. Please ensure that you have all the necessary visas prior to departure (unless available on entry). Neither Trans Africa Safaris, their staff, their agents nor their operators can be held liable for any error.

As visa information can change without notice, please refer to the official Embassy websites for verification of visa requirements and charges. As at July 2012 most countries are able to purchase visas on arrival in the country (exact US$ change is required): “visa” document.

Passports: The situation regarding blank pages in passports, for visits to Southern Africa, changes regularly.  Please see the list of counties with their specific requirements below:

  • Passports must be valid for 6 months after your departure from Southern Africa
  • Please note pages headed “Endorsements, Observations” etc are not VISA pages.
  • For your visit to Namibia:  3 blank VISA pages

Without the above you could be denied entry.

Photography:

A good SLR (single lens reflex) or digital SLR camera with telephoto zoom lens is recommended for photography of birds and animals, as is colour reversal film (slides) if using film as this will give better quality pictures than regular film. A big memory card / abundant film and spare batteries as recommended as these are often not available at the bush camps / lodges.

Recommended Reading:

  • Africa’s Top Wildlife Countries by N. Nolting
  • Birds of Prey of Southern Africa by Peter Steyn
  • Field guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa by Stuart & Stuart
  • Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa by Ken Newman
  • Safari Companion – a guide to watching African mammals by R. Estes
  • This is Zimbabwe by Gerald Cubitt & Peter Joyce
  • Zambezi by Michael Main
  • Hwange – The Retreat of the Elephants by Nick Greaves
  • Zambezi – The River of the Gods by J & F Teede
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