Namibia

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.          FUEL: Nothing to report at the moment  …..

.          EMERGENCIES : Nothing to report at present  ….

.          Drive Safely. Have a wonderful trip. Enjoy Namibia’s outstanding gamereserves and wild beauty    ….

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General Traveler Information


ABOUT NAMIBIA


Picturesque Namibia with its Atlantic Ocean beaches, famous Namib and Kalahari desserts, Etosha Pan, magnificent canyons and amazing landscapes is a beautiful country that is located in Southern Africa bordered by Zambia, Angola, Botswana, South Africa and the Atlantic Ocean.  Namibia offers historical heritage and culture, wildlife, natural beauty, rich architecture, famous deserts, beautiful beaches and sublime tranquility making it a superb tourist destination.  Namibia is divided into five geographical areas namely the Central Plateau, the Namib Desert, the Great Escarpment, the Bushveld and the Kalahari Desert and each area has its own characteristics, vegetation and abiotic conditions.  Bordered by the Skeleton Coast, the Namib Desert and the Orange River, The Central Plateau is home to the Etosha Pan, the highest point in Namibia and the largest landscape formation in Namibia.  The Namib Desert stretches along Namibia’s entire coastline giving tourists the pleasure of climbing the highest sand dunes in the world while enjoying desert and beach surroundings at the same time. The majestic Great Escarpment that was formed 80 million years ago provides up to 1000-meter-high mountainous and rocky surroundings.  The flat and sandy Bushveld area in Namibia is located in the north-eastern part of the country along the Angolan border and in the Caprivi strip.  The Kalahari region in Namibia with its extreme climatic variations has very diverse fauna and flora and boasts wildlife that is of unique abundance.  Although Namibia is the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, rivers such as the Fish River, the Cunene River and the Orange River and waterfalls such as the Epupa Falls and Raucana Falls add to the natural beauty of the country complimenting the inland hills, plateaus, savannas, canyons, highlands, woodlands and the beautiful mountains.  Marine life in Namibia’s is extremely diverse and produces some of the richest fishing grounds in the world mainly due the cold Benguela Current running through the Namibian Coastal Waters.

Wildlife in Namibia includes approximately 645 bird species (including 14 endemic species), 200 species of terrestrial mammals of which 14 are endemic species and 40 species of marine mammals that are native to Namibia.  There are National Parks, Nature reserves and Game reserves in Namibia that boasts with the following wildlife: Desert Lions, Desert Elephants, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Ostriches, Springbok, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Cheetah, Buffalo, Eland, White Rhino, Black Rhino, Mongoose, Jackal, Antbear, Baboons, Honey Badger, Oryx, Leopards, Damara dik-dik, Gerbils, Bats, Black-faced impala, Wild dog, Puku, Oribi, Waterbuck, Kudu and many more.  Spectacular features of Namibia will include the breath-taking Caprivi Strip, Sossusvlei, the unspoilt Etosha National Park, Golden sandy Beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, The Skeleton Coast, the panoramic Fish River Canyon and the historic Namib and Kalahari Deserts.  Tourist attractions for Namibia will include the beautiful national parks, nature reserves and game reserves, the Skeleton Coast, the Kaokoland, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Namib Desert, Kolmanskop and the Cape Cross Seal Reserve.  Activities to do in Namibia will include Climbing the sand dunes, Hiking and exploring the canyons, Diving, Windsurfing, Catamaran, Kitesurfing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Caving, Rafting, Walking on the Beaches, Horseback Riding, Stargazing, Shoreline Fishing, Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Safari Tours, Dune and Sandboarding, Quad biking, 4×4 Expeditions and much more.

The Namibian flag consists of a white-edged red diagonal band that radiates from the lower hoist-side corner of the flag.  The upper triangle of the flag is blue, charged with a gold sun with 12 triangular rays.  The lower part of the triangle of the flag is green.  The red colour of the Namibian flag represents Namibia’s people and their heroism and determination to build a future of equal opportunity for all.  The white section in the flag refers to peace and unity while the green section symbolises the country’s vegetation and agricultural resources.  The blue section of the flag represents the clear Namibian sky, the Atlantic Ocean and the country’s precious water resources and rain while the golden-yellow sun symbolises life and energy.  Windhoek is the capital and largest city of Namibia and hosts most of the country’s population. Namibia’s official language is English, but the most widely spoken languages in households are Oshiwambo, Nama/Damara, Afrikaans and German.  The people in Namibia are affectionate, strong family orientated, easy-going folk that are warm, friendly and receptive to being approached by foreigners who treat them with respect and exchange social pleasantries like enquiring about how they are before trying to extract information from them.  Namibia is considered to be a safe destination to visit in general, however crimes like robberies, muggings, rape, murder, pickpocketing and driving under the influence of alcohol is present and tourists are advised to always be aware of their surroundings and take the normal and usual travel precautions when travelling to any destination.

Majority of Namibian religion is Christian.  Namibian culture is unique and influenced by various cultures yet there is a strong sense of diversity and there are over 11 major ethnic groups that celebrate their past while working together toward the future.  Some of the ethnic groups present in Namibia will include Basters, Caprivians, Coloured, White, Damara, Herero, Himba, Nama, Kavango, Owambo, San and Tswana.  The rich culture and diversity in Namibia can be seen in each ethnic group’s dress code, langue, art, music, sport, food and religion.  Namibian people are proud to be Namibian and together they create a wonderful unique collage of culture, heritage and tradition.  Namibia has a strong foothold in arts and crafts and expertly woven baskets, Makalani kernels, San ostris, colourful embroidered linen and many more items are available in craft centres, shops and vendors all over Namibia.  Music and dance are a prominent feature in the Namibian culture and it includes a number of folk styles, pop, rock, reggae, jazz, house and hip hop.  Namibian people love singing and dancing and traditional Namibian dances occur at traditional festivals like the Caprivi Arts Festival, weddings, events and the folk music accompanies storytelling and dancing while using various instruments like strings, flutes, drums, gourds, horn trumpets and xylophones.  When you are packing your clothes for your holiday in Namibia, remember that it’s a semi-desert climate and can be very hot during the day and very cold during the night.  The dress code is relaxed and casual and comfortable clothing should be suitable throughout the year.  Pack light cotton tops, skirts, summer dresses, T-shirts and shorts to wear during the day and pack light long-sleeved clothing with socks and shoes to wear in the evenings (or if you are going on safari) for protection against the mosquitoes.  Depending on the season you are in, the evenings in Namibia can get very cold so pack a warm jacket.  When going on safari, its best to wear colours like beige, khaki, green and brown instead of bright or light colours but avoid military or camouflage clothing or prints as it is illegal in Namibia.  It is advisable to pack clothing and shoes in sealable bags in suitcases as the possibility of getting desert sand in everywhere is very high.  The standard Namibian time is GMT+2.

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ACCOMMODATION


There are a variety of Hotels, Resorts, Guesthouses, Camp Sites, Lodges and backpacker orientated accommodation available in Namibia that caters for all budgets but its essential to book in advance.  Many hotels require the tourist’s passport when checking in, so have it handy to save yourself some time.  Some resorts run off generators, so be careful when using hairdryers, kettles and any appliance with an element etc as the power surge causes the system to trip.  Many resorts turn their generators off at night, so be careful and take torches and candles with you, but its best to enquire at the reception if you are in doubt.  Overall, accommodation in Namibia is of a high standard and Namibia is a great destination to go on holiday as there are many things to see and do.

To view all types of available accommodation in Namibia such as Backpackers, Bed and Breakfast, Cabins/Chalets, Camp Sites, Caravan/RV Sites, Cottages, Dormitories, Gameparks/Reserves, Hotels, Lodges, Motels, Tented Accommodation, Villa and to make booking reservations, use our mobile app or visit our booking page on the following link https://www.chilikutiafrica.com/bookings/

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BANKING & CURRENCY


The currency used in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (plural: dollars) and its tied to the South African Rand at 1:1. The South African Rand is accepted as legal tender in Namibia while change will usually be given in Namibian Dollars.  You can click on the link for the current rate check www.xe.com.  Banks and foreign exchange bureaus in Namibia can exchange all major currencies into Namibian dollar.  There are banks with branches in most cities in Namibia which are open from Monday to Friday between 09h00 and 16h00 and there are ATM’s available in cities and towns throughout Namibia.  It is advisable to only use teller machines that are inside a mall or other building and make sure you get a receipt for all processed and cancelled transactions.  Travelers will be required to declare all types of foreign currency when entering/exiting Namibia and most international airports, reputable resorts and lodges have facilities where money can be changed.  Travelers Cheques and Credit cards are widely accepted but it’s advisable to always take cash with you.

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NAMIBIA CUISINE


Namibian cuisine is very diverse and is influenced by cookery practised by the indigenous people of Namibia, the Afrikaner people and the German people resulting in delicious, quality food that’s loaded with meat.  Namibian people love to cook outside and popular dishes will include the traditional Afrikaner “braaivleis” (meat barbeque), “Potjiekos” (a spicy stew made of meat, chicken or fish cooked in a cast iron three-legged pot over an open fire) and “Omajowa” (wild giant mushroom pan-fried in butter).  Other traditional Namibian culture food without any Afrikaner or German influence will include foods such as “Oshifima” (a doughlike paste made from millet, usually served with a stew of vegetables or meat) and “Oshiwambo” (a tasty combination of spinach, beef and mealie pap made from maize/corn flour into a basic porridge).  Due to Namibia’s coastal location, seafood is a popular food on many menu’s and will include delicious Namibian Oysters, Fresh Kabeljou, Shrimp, Kingklip and many other Shellfish served with rice or chips (fries).  Other tasty German style foods in Namibia will include “Apfelstrudel” (apple strudel), “Sachertorte” (a rich chocolate cake layered with apricot jam), “Schwartzwalder Kirschtorte” (Black Forest Cake) and various other delicious pastries and cakes.  Fruits, Vegetables and Starches like Avocados, Bananas, Bread, Onions, Oranges, Couscous, Pineapples, Kiwi Fruit, Potatoes, Gem Squash, Papayas, Butternut Squash, Celery, Peanuts, Beans, Rice, Millet, Tomatoes, Pasta and Corn are also widely available.   Some of the popular snacks in Namibia will include “Biltong” (spiced dried meat), “Droëwors” (spicy dried sausage), “Landjager” (smoked pork and beef sausage) and “Koeksisters” (dough that is deep-fried and soaked in a sweet sugary sauce).  Namibia is known for its local beer thus the local Namibian drink is their flagship beer called Windhoek Lager and other locally brewed Namibian beers and ciders.  There are various soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and local African beers available in Namibia.  It is safe to drink tap water in Namibia.

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EMBASSIES & CONSULATES


Learn more about all the Embassies, High Commissions and Honorary Consulates in Namibia.

Namibia Embassies & High Commissions

Algerian Embassy

96 Joseph Mukwayu Ithana Street, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O.Box 3079, Windhoek, Namibia

() (+264) (61) 221 507

(F) (+264) (61) 236 376

[email protected]
Angolan Embassy

Angola House, 3 Dr. Agostinho Neto Street, Windhoek, Namibia

Private Bag 1220, Ausspann Platz, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 227 535

(F) (+264) (61) 221 498

[email protected]
[email protected]
Botswana High Commission

101 Nelson Mandela Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia

P. O. Box 20359, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 221 941 / 2 / 7

(F) (+264) (61) 236 034

[email protected]
Brazilian Embassy

52 Bismarck Street, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 24166, Windhoek 9000, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 237 368 / 9

(F) (+264) 61 233 389

[email protected]

www.windhoek.itamaraty.gov.br
Chinese Embassy

28 Hebenstreit Street, Ludwigsdorf, 9000 Windhoek,
Namibia

(T) (+264) 61-402 598

(F) (+264) 61-402 655

[email protected]

www.na.chineseembassy.org
Congolese Embassy (Democratic Republic)

56 Bismarck Street, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 9064, Eros, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 256 287

(F) (+264) (61) 256 286

[email protected]
[email protected]
Congolese Embassy (Republic)

9 Körner Street, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 22970, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 257 517

(F) (+264) (61) 240 796

[email protected]
[email protected]
Cuban Embassy

37 Quenta Street, Ludwigsdorf, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 227 072

(F) (+264) 61 231 884

[email protected]

www.misiones.minrex.gob.cu/es/namibia
Egyptian Embassy

10 Berg Street, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 11853, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 221 501

(F) (+264) 61 228 856

[email protected]
Finnish Embassy

2 Crohn Street (Corner of Bahnhof Street), Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 3649, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 612 213 55

[email protected]

www.finland.org.na
French Embassy

1 Goethe Street, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 20484, Windhoek 9000, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 27 67 00

(F) (+264) 61 27 67 10

www.na.ambafrance.org
German Embassy

Sanlam Centre, 6th Floor, Independence Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 231, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 27 31 00
(+264) (61) 27 31 33

(F) (+264) (61) 22 29 81

[email protected]

www.windhuk.diplo.de
Ghanaian High Commission

5 Nelson Mandela Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 24165, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 221 341 / 2

(F) (+264) (61) 221 343

www.ghanahighcommission.com.na
Indian High Commission

97 Nelson Mandela Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61-226 037 / 228 433

(F) (+264) 61-237 320

[email protected]

www.hciwindhoek.in
Indonesian Embassy

103 Nelson Mandela Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 20691, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 285 1000
(+264) (61) 285-1219

(F) (+264) (61) 285 1231

[email protected]

www.kemlu.go.id/windhoek
Iranian Embassy

No. 4 Breiting Street, Klein Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 249 700

(F) (+264) (61) 304 026
(+264) (61) 266 420

[email protected]
[email protected]
Japanese Embassy

78 Sam Nujoma Drive, Klein Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61-426-700

(F) (+264) 61-426-749

[email protected]

www.na.emb-japan.go.jp
Kenyan High Commission

Kenya House, 5th Floor, 134 Robert Mugabe Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 2889, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 226 836
(+264) 61 225 900

(F) (+264) 61 221 409

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.khcwindhoek.com
Libyan Embassy

8 Conrad Rust Street, Ludwigsdorf, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 124, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 234 454

(F) (+264) (61) 234 464 / 71

[email protected]
Malaysian High Commission

63 Glaudina Street, Ludwigsdorf, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 312, Windhoek 9000, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 259 342 / 4

(F) (+264) (61) 259 343

[email protected]

www.kln.gov.my/web/nam_windhoek/
Nigerian High Commission

4 General Murtala Muhammed Avenue, WIndhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 23547, Eros Park, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 232 101
(+264) (61) 232 103 / 5

(F) (+264) (61) 221 639

[email protected]
[email protected]
Portuguese Embassy

4 Karin Street, Ludwigsdorf, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 443, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 25 97 91
(+264) 61 25 97 93

(F) (+264) 61 25 97 92

[email protected]
Russian Embassy

4 Christian Street, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 3826, Windhoek 9000, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 228-671
(+264) 811 280 779 (Emergency)

(F) (+264) (61) 229-061

[email protected]

www.rusemwhk.mid.ru
South African High Commission

RSA House, Cnr Nelson Mandela Avenue and Jan Jonker Street, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 23100, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 205 7111

(F) (+264) 61 22 4140

www.dirco.gov.za/windhoek
Spanish Embassy

Bismarck Street 58, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 21811, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 22 30 66
(+264) 61 22 40 38

(F) (+264) 61 27 14 78

[email protected]

www.exteriores.gob.es/embajadas/windhoek
Turkish Embassy

Toermalyn Street 54, Eros, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 246 158

(F) (+264) 61 213 096

[email protected]

windhoek.be.mfa.gov.tr
British High Commission

116 Robert Mugabe Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 22202, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 274 800

(F) (+264) 61 228 895

[email protected]

www.gov.uk/government/world/namibia
U.S. Embassy

14 Lossen Street, Windhoek, Namibia

Private Bag 12029, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61-295-8500

(F) (+264) 61-295-8603

www.na.usembassy.gov
Venezuelan Embassy

12 Nelson Mandela, Windhoek, Namibia

Private Bag 13353, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 227 905 / 7

(F) (+264) (61) 227 804

[email protected]
Zambian High Commission

22 Sam Nujoma Drive, Cnr. Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 22882, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 237 610 / 1

(F) (+264) (61) 228 162

[email protected]

www.zahico.iway.na
Zimbabwean Embassy

398 Cnr. Independence Avenue & Grimm Street, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 23056, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 227 738
(+264) 61 228 137

(F) (+264) (61) 226 859

[email protected]
[email protected]

www.zimwhk.com

Namibia Consulates

Angolan Consulate General

Dr. Agostinho Neto Road, Erf 009, Oshakati West, Namibia

Private Bag 5541, Oshakati, Namibia

(T) (+264) (65) 221 798 / 9

(F) (+264) (65) 222 050

[email protected]
Australian Honorary Consulate

56 Chalcedoon Street, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 86491, Eros, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 300 194

(F) (+264) 88 640 002

[email protected]
Austrian Honorary Consulate General

Am Wasserberg 13, Klein Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 11848, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 222 159

(F) (+264) 61 222 159

[email protected]
Bangladeshi Honorary Consulate

03, John Ludwig Street, Camelthorn, Unit 3
Klein Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 400 998
(+264) 855 728 207

[email protected]
Belgian Honorary Consulate

Engling Stritter & Partners Attorneys-Notaries-Conveyancers, 12 Love Street, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 43, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 383 300

(F) (+264) 61 230 011

[email protected]
Bulgarian Honorary Consulate

17 Bach Street, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 24449, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 246 333
(+264) 81 269 2655

(F) (+264) (61) 246 333

[email protected]
Canadian Honorary Consulate

4 Eadie Street, Klein Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 251 254

(F) (+264) 61 251 686

[email protected]
Cypriot Honorary Consulate

Venus Building, 60 Sam Nujomo Avenue, Walvis Bay, Namibia

P.O. Box: 24, Walvis Bay, Namibia

(T) (+264) 64 204 501
(+264) 64 207 030

(F) (+264) 64 205 576
(+264) 64 207 029

[email protected]
Danish Honorary Consulate

Eland Street 13, Finkenstein Estate, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 24236, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 85 124 4219

(F) (+264) 88 619 548

[email protected]
French Honorary Consulate

49, Mandume Ndemufayo, Walvis Bay, Namibia

P.O. Box 529, Walvis Bay, Namibia

(T) (+264) 64 220 374
Greek Honorary Consulate

15 Hage Geingob Street, Walvis Bay, Namibia

P.O. Box 24, Walvis Bay, Namibia

(T) (+264) (64) 204 501

(F) (+264) (64) 205 576
(+264) (64) 207 029

[email protected]
[email protected]
Hungarian Honorary Consulate

8 Scorpio Street, Dorado Park, Ext.1, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 20392, Windhoek West, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 223-175 / 61 220-450
(+264) 81-124-7493 (cell)

(F) (+264) 61 223-175

[email protected]
Icelandic Honorary Consulate

Schwerinshaus, 8 Schwewinsburg Strasse
Luxury Hills, Klein Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+354) 61 222 332
(F) (+354) 61 222 621

[email protected]
Italian Honorary Consulate General

41 von Falkenhausen Street, Pioneespark, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 81 147-1250

(F) (+264) 61 247-829

[email protected]
Jamaican Honorary Consulate

46a Babs Street, Ludwigsdorf, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 25315, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61-238 288
(+264) 852 064 065

(F) (+264) 61- 271 374

[email protected]
Netherlands Honorary Consulate

Edelvalk Street 23, Hochland Park, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61-223 733

(F) (+264) 61-223 732

[email protected]
New Zealand Honorary Consulate

B. D. Basson Incorporated, 1 Haddy Street, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 386 600

[email protected]
Norwegian Honorary Consulate General

39 Schanzen Weg, Windhoek, Namibia

Private Bag X13303, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 258 278

(F) (+264) 61 230 528

[email protected]
[email protected]
Pakistani Honorary Consulate

P.O. Box 32128, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 375 700 / 12

(F) (+264) 61 256 131

[email protected]
Spanish Honorary Consulate

526 Industry Road or
Insel Street, Luderitz, Namibia

P.O. Box 601, Lüderitz, Namibia

(T) (+264) 63 20 02 202
(+264) 63 20 28 91

(F) (+264) 63 20 20 40
Sri Lankan Honorary Consulate

Goshawk No. 07, Hochland Park, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 98456, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 244 064 / 299 1686
(+264) 81 128 3202

[email protected]
[email protected]
Swedish Honorary Consulate

39 Schanzen Weg, Windhoek, Namibia

Private Bag 13303, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 258 278
(+264) 81 124 3239 / 81 128 0991

(F) (+264) 61 230 528

[email protected]
[email protected]
Swiss Honorary Consulate General

Independance Avenue 175, Gathemann Building, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) 61 22 38 53

(F) (+264) 61 22 38 53

[email protected]
Thai Honorary Consulate General

301 Independence Avenue, Trust Center, 5th Floor, #504, Windhoek, Namibia

(T) (+264) (61) 233-737
(+264) (61) 233-788

(F) (+264) (61) 233-690
(+264) (88) 614-811

[email protected]
Ugandan Honorary Consulate

Office 3C Yang Tze Villa, Klein Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 91318, Windhoek, Namibia

[email protected]
[email protected]

Source: https://www.embassypages.com/namibia

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GAME RESERVES


There are various protected (conservation) areas in Namibia that is grouped into national parks, transfrontier conservation areas, nature reserves, game parks and reserves and wildlife utilisation areas.  The conservation areas in Namibia is the Bwabwata National Park, the Dorob National Park, the Etosha National Park, the Khaudum National Park, the Nkasa Rupara National Park, the Mangetti National Park, the Tsau//Khaeb (Sperrgebiet) National Park, the Mudumu National Park, the South West Nature Reserve, the /Ai-Ais Hot Springs Game Park, the Gross-Barmen Hot Springs, the Naute Game Park, the Popa Falls Game Park, the Skeleton Coast Park, Waterberg Plateau Park, the Hardap Game Park, the Namib-Naukluft Park, the Fishriver Canyon Park, the Von Bach Game Park, the Daan Viljoen Game Park, Iona-Skeleton Coast Transfrontier Park, the /Ai-Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area and the Cape Cross Seal Reserve.  Game Viewing is at its best during the dry season (May to October) as most of the animals will be near rivers, pools and waterholes.  Game drives are recommended in the early mornings and late afternoons.   For your own safety it is always advised to approach big game with caution and don’t make any unnecessary movement or noise and be prepared to drive on quickly if warning signs appear for example if an elephant turns head-on to you and flaps its ears.  Always try to keep down-wind and remember any wild animal can be dangerous if startled, irritated or cornered.  Never cut off a wild animal’s line of retreat, no matter what the circumstances.

The Etosha National Park

The famous and spectacular Etosha National Park is over 22 935 square kilometres big and is one of the largest and oldest national parks in Africa.  The Etosha National Park is Namibia’s flagship park and is one of the best-known protected areas of wildlife in Namibia.  The Etosha National Park is a magical wonderland with its expansive salt pan, scenic springs, floodlit waterholes and wide-open veld and grasslands infused with natural beauty from saline desert, savannah, woodlands, Mopani and Camelthorn Trees.  The Etosha National park is home to approximately 114 mammal species (including several rare and endangered species) and over 300 bird species.  The park boasts with wildlife such as Black and White Rhino, Cheetah, Black-faced Impala, Damara dik-dik, Springbok, Elephants (some of the largest in Africa due to the vitamins and nutrients found in the ground), Blue Wildebeest, Eland, Zebras, Hyenas, Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Oryx and many more.  Accommodation at the Etosha National Park includes various Chalets, Lodges, Bungalows, Tented Camps, Bush Camps and Camp Sites with modern amenities but due to the popularity of the park, it is very important to book in advance.  Activities to do at the Etosha National Park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Camping Tours, Safari Tours, Walking Tours, Swimming, Visiting the salt pan and many more.  The best time to visit the Etosha National Park is during the dry season of May to October.  The park is open throughout the year.

The Fish River Canyon

The Fish River Canyon is Africa’s largest natural gorge, the second most visited attraction in Namibia and the second largest canyon in Africa.   You will find the Richtersveld National Park, the Fish River Canyon Park and the /Ai-/Ais Hot Springs Park in the Fish River Canyon.  The mystifying and intriguing Fish River Canyon is a gigantic ravine that is approximately 160km long, approximately up to 27km wide and in certain places almost 550 meters deep.  The river flows through the canyon in season and dries up to form a chain of stagnant pools that complements the mountainous terrain with riverine woodland, dwarf shrub savannah and various other trees and vegetation.  The Fish River Canyon is home to over 200 bird species and wildlife such as the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Klipspringer, Kudu, Leopard, Brown Hyena, Grey Rhebok, and many more.  Accommodation at the Fish River Canyon will include various types of accommodation at the Richtersveld National Park, the Fish River Canyon Park and the /Ai-/Ais Hot Springs Park such as Lodges, Camp sites and Tented Accommodation.  Activities to do at the Fish River Canyon will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Hiking, Guided Safaris, Swimming and many more.

The Skeleton Coast National Park

The intriguing 16 390 square kilometre Skeleton Coast National Park with its Atlantic Ocean, windswept, sandy, pebble beaches littered with shipwrecks and bones, rugged canyons, ephemeral riverbeds, richly coloured volcanic rock, wetlands, makalani palm trees, wild tamarisk trees, mopane trees, desert and extensive mountain ranges is indeed one of Namibia’s greatest treasures.  The park extends from the Ugab River in the south for 500km to the Kunene river in the north and approximately 40km inland and hosts wildlife such as the majestic desert dwelling Elephant, Lion, Cheetah, Crocodile, Springbok, Green Turtle, Hartmann Zebra, Oryx, Heaviside’s dolphin, Jackal, Brown Hyena, over 306 bird species including Lesser Flamingo, Lappet-faced Vulture, Gray’s Lark and many more.  Accommodation at the Skeleton Coast National Park includes various Lodges, Camping Sites and Chalets but booking is essential and a fishing licence must be obtained before entering the park.  Activities to do at the Skeleton Coast National Park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Angling, Photography and many more.

The Bwabwata National Park

The panoramic and alluring 6 100 square kilometre Bwabwata National Park (previously known as the Caprivi Game Park and the Mahango Game Reserve) with its broad-leafed Kalahari woodland, floodplains, low vegetated sand dunes, Okavango River, Kwando River, riverine habitats and lush green Caprivi Strip is a birders paradise.  Located in the Caprivi Strip, the national park boasts with wildlife such as Reedbuck, Red Lechwe, Sitatunga, Hyena, Lion, Crocodile, Hippo, Roan, Leopard, Sable, Elephant, Buffalo, Cheetah, African wild dog, over 430 bird species and many more.  Accommodation at the Bwabwata National Park includes various Lodges and Camps.  Activities to do at the Bwabwata National Park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Sunset river Cruises, Houseboat Safaris and many more.

The Khaudum National Park

The isolated, wild and remote 3 842 square kilometre Khaudum National Park situated in the north-eastern part of Namibia bordering Botswana, with its Kalahari sandveld, omurambas, trees, shrubs and savannah is indeed the wildlife enthusiast’s dream as it provides pure wilderness in its truest form.  The park provides a true of the beaten track experience and wildlife like African Wild Dogs, Roan antelopes, Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Giraffe, Eland, Elephants, Hartebeest, Reedbuck, Tsetsebes, Ostrich, Blue Wildebeest, Spotted Hyenas, Kudu, Oryx, Jackal, Warthogs and over 320 bird species roam the park and neighbouring conservancies freely.  Accommodation at the Khaudum National Park consists out of a camping site and facilities and a Lodge.  It is important when embarking on a trip to the Khaudum National Park to have at least two 4×4 vehicles per party, 100 litres of water per vehicle and at least three days’ worth of food rations per person available.  Activities to do at the Khaudum National Park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives and Bird Watching.

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HEALTH


Namibia has state-owned and private hospitals, practises and facilities available.  Namibia has one of the highest incidences of AIDS in the world, thus it’s important to exercise regular universal precautions when dealing with any bodily fluid and wear rubber gloves when dressing other adults and children’s cuts.  Certain areas such as Kavango, Kunene, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa and Zambezi in Namibia is a malaria zone thus it’s advisable to take the relevant precautions, prophylactics and to seek medical advice before travelling to Namibia.  Tap water in Namibia is safe to drink but if you have a sensitive stomach, bottled water is advised.  There is a variety of infectious diseases present in Namibia such as Diarrhoea, Hepatitis A, Measles, Typhoid fever, Hepatitis B, Malaria and Rabies.  It is extremely important to visit your doctor ideally 4-6 weeks before your trip to get your vaccines or medicines you may need.  These health tips are just a guideline; thus, we recommend that you always seek up to date advice from your doctor before travelling to any destination.

For your own health and safety, it is best to check the vaccines and medicines list for the country you are travelling to and visit your doctor (ideally 4-6 weeks) before your planned vacation or trip to get the vaccines or medicines you may require.  It is best to ensure that you are up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination.  You can ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from any country other than the U.S.  Some vaccines like Yellow Fever is a compulsory vaccine and also a legal requirement in many African countries, and you will be refused entry if you don’t have proof of the vaccine with you, thus it is always good practice to check with the embassy of your chosen destination to find out what vaccines are compulsory.  Some vaccines may also be required for your travel, for a full list of medical requirements, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Vaccines

Routine vaccines:

Information about Routine Vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Measles:

Travel Disease – Measles
  • Infants (6 through 11 months old): 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as the first dose in the routine childhood vaccination series.
  • People 12 months old or older, with no evidence of immunityor no written documentation of any doses: 2 doses of MMR vaccine before travel. The 2 doses must be given 28 days apart.
  • People 12 months old or older who have written documentation of 1 dose and no other evidence of immunity: 1 additional dose before travel, at least 28 days after the previous dose.

Hepatitis A:

Travel Disease – Hepatitis A

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Namibia, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Typhoid:

Travel Disease – Typhoid

You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Namibia. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Hepatitis B:

Travel Disease – Hepatitis B

You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.

Malaria:

Travel Disease – Malaria

When traveling in Namibia, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling. Areas of Namibia with risk of malaria: Present in the regions of Kavango (East and West), Kunene, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa, and Zambezi.  Rare cases in other parts of the country. No malaria in city of Windhoek. See more detailed information about malaria in Namibia.

Rabies:

Travel Disease – Rabies

Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Namibia, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:

  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
  • People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
  • People who are taking long trips or moving to Namibia.
  • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.

Yellow Fever:

Travel Disease – Yellow Fever

There is no risk of yellow fever in Namibia. The government of Namibia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.

For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for Namibia. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.

Note: Yellow fever vaccine availability in the United States is currently limited. If you need to be vaccinated before your trip, you may need to travel some distance and schedule your appointment well in advance. Find the clinic nearest you.

Stay Healthy and Safe during your Travels

Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Namibia, so your behaviors are important.

Eat and drink safely:
Unclean food and water can cause travelers’ diarrhea and other diseases. Reduce your risk by sticking to safe food and water habits.

Eat:
Food that is cooked and served hot
Hard-cooked eggs
Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
Pasteurized dairy products

Don’t Eat:
Food served at room temperature
Food from street vendors
Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
Unpasteurized dairy products
”Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)

Drink:
Bottled water that is sealed
Water that has been disinfected
Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
Carbonated drinks
Hot coffee or tea
Pasteurized milk

Don’t Drink:
Tap or well water
Ice made with tap or well water
Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
Unpasteurized milk

Take Medicine:
Talk with your doctor about taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs with you on your trip in case you get sick.

Prevent bug bites:
Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in Namibia. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.

What can I do to prevent bug bites?
Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.

More Information:
For more information on how to stay safe during your travel to Namibia, please see the following page: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/namibia

Healthy Travel Packing List for Namibia

Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Namibia for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.

Travel Health Notices

There are no notices currently in effect for Namibia.

After Your Trip

If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic. Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.

If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.

Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history.

For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel.

Source: US CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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INFRASTRUCTURE


You can travel to Namibia by commercial flight or by road.  Namibia has various airports with paved and unpaved runways and the International Airports in Namibia is the Hosea Kutako International Airport (main international airport and main point of entry) in Windhoek, and the Walvis Bay International Airport in Walvisbay.  International Airlines that operate in Namibia is Air Namibia and South African Airways and Kulula.com operate flights from South Africa.  Namibia has Seaports, Waterways, Narrow Gauge Railways and Roadways that are in various conditions (paved and unpaved).  Namibia’s roads are in good condition with primary routes paved and secondary routes are of well-graded gravel.  A Four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended for tertiary roads and the Skeleton Coast.  Major tourist centres, airports and hotels offer Car and four-wheel drive rental services.  The modes of transport in Namibia includes road, air and public transport is available via taxis, buses and public minibus taxis that will travel almost anywhere in Namibia.

The Namibian communication infrastructure caters for cell phones, landline/public telephones, fax, internet connections, international roaming, radio, television and postal services.  Cell phone reception and coverage is widespread and local lines can be purchased relatively cheaply.  The main mobile phone networks in Namibia is MTC, Telecom Namibia and TN Mobile, and tourists can buy sim cards in most supermarkets and service stations if they do not wish to enable their own international roaming on their phone.  The international dialling code for Namibia is +264.  There are various internet cafes in Windhoek, Swakopmund and Opuwo and many of the hotels and resorts will have internet access.  Data rates are reasonable, but it is always best to do downloads and updates when Wi-Fi is available to save on data costs.  Namibia has three TV stations namely NBC 1, 2 and 3 and Multichoice DSTV based in South Africa, broadcasts to the whole of Africa.  The NBC (National Broadcasting Commission) operates one 24-hour radio station in Namibia in English called National FM and there are various other radio stations in Namibia that broadcasts in various other Namibian languages as well.  There are postal services and courier companies operational in Namibia.

Electricity supply in Namibia is between 220 – 240 volts running at 50Hz and the plug types used are Type – D and South African Type – M plugs.  Tourists can use their electric appliances in Namibia if the standard voltage in their country is in between 220 – 220V.  It is advisable to bring a travel adapter/multi-outlet adapter and a power converter along when travelling to Namibia to cater for instances where your device is unable to use 220V and isn’t dual voltage either.  There are supermarkets, regional chain stores, shopping centres and various markets available in Namibia and all basic commodities can be easily purchased.  Business hours are normally between 08h00 to 13h00 and 14h00 – 17h00 on Monday to Friday and shops are only open on Saturdays from 08h00 to 13h00.  There are 24-hour convenience shops at most of the fuel service stations.  There are local arts and crafts such as textiles, jewellery, leather goods, baskets, woodcarvings, curios, souvenirs, pottery, tapestries, fabrics, clothing, and many more for sale to tourists at craft markets in Namibia.  Prices in shops are fixed but there are opportunities for bargaining/haggling in Namibia at the open markets or street vendors for the best deals, but keep in mind that many of the people make their living by selling their wares.   It is customary to tip hotel and lodge staff and you can add a standard 10% onto your bill at a restaurant for a tip for the waiter, but it’s advisable to use your own discretion when tipping based on the service you received.

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ROAD TRAVEL


Please note that when traveling on Namibian Roads, driving is on the left-hand lane of the road.  Most of the traffic signs in Namibia are in English.  The national roads of Namibia are known as the primary routes that are paved and they offer driving conditions for any type of vehicle (often recognised by their letter “B” prefixes).  The secondary roads or routes are mostly un-tarred, graded dirt and gravel roads that are generally in good driving condition (often recognized by their letter “C” or “D” prefixes).  Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended when driving on any secondary or tertiary routes and roads, through remote areas or during the rainy season when gravel and dirt roads can easily degenerate in to sandy paths that is muddy and difficult to negotiate.  Major tourist centres, airports and hotels in Namibia offer Car and four-wheel drive rental services. The speed limits for Namibia are listed as:  60km/h in built-up areas, 80km/h outside built up areas on open roads and 120 km/h on national roads. Drivers and passengers are all required to wear seat belts at all times while driving in Namibia and using a mobile phone whilst driving is not permitted.  There are various checkpoints (roadblocks) throughout Namibia and foreign drivers must have a passport, valid drivers licence, international driving permit (international drivers’ license is required other than for SADC countries), vehicle registration documents and insurance documents present to produce to the police if stopped at one of the checkpoints.  Drive carefully and when in doubt, obey any law that may apply.  It is recommended to drive with dipped headlights in Namibia during the day as the roads can be dusty.  One should have 2 warning triangles, a high visibility reflective vest and at least one fire extinguisher present per vehicle.

When embarking on trips in Namibia, a good deal of planning and preparation is essential as most remote areas are only accessible by four-wheel drive as you will often be driving on rough terrain and through heavy sand, and water, petrol or food may not be available.  Namibia is a sparsely populated desert destination and settlements may be far in and between and temperatures can be very hot, thus it’s important to stay hydrated at all times.  As a general rule, always take all food requirements to last your stay and take at least 30 litres of water per person, carry between 70 and 120 litres of water at all times.  It is advisable to carry at least 100 litres of petrol in long-range tanks or in metal jerry tins and remember to take spare vehicle parts for breakdowns, two spare tyres and a roadside emergency and basic first aid kit.

There are many fuel stations along the national roads in Namibia but it’s advisable to rather fill up your vehicle often or when you get the chance to prevent getting stranded without fuel as fuel availability isn’t guaranteed at all the fuel stations in Namibia.  Many filling stations do not accept card payments for fuel thus it’s advisable to always have cash on hand to pay for fuel.  Remember to check your tyre pressure regularly at fuel stations especially if you have been driving on dirt or gravel roads.  It is advised to use toilets that are available at fuel stations when you stop to fill up your vehicle, as the next toilet might be very far from your current stop.  Remember to take toilet paper with you as some toilets might not have toilet paper available.  Driving at night in Namibia is not advised as there are no streetlights and sometimes other vehicles on the road have inadequate lighting.  Be careful of wildlife such as Elephants, Warthogs and Kudu’s and domestic animals, unlicensed and unroadworthy vehicles and local people walking on the roads especially when driving at night in Namibia.  It may be impossible to use some roads in the rainy season due to flooding and its recommended to avoid crossing flowing water as it may be deeper than it looks.  Overall road travel in Namibia is a remarkable experience with dunes, mountains, canyons, ghost towns and many more to explore.

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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS


Namibia is a fabulous African holiday destination that offers spectacular game reserves, national parks and wildlife, historical heritage and culture, magnificent deserts and canyons to explore, beautiful landscapes, sublime tranquillity and much more.  While on vacation in Namibia you can visit the beautiful National Parks, Reserves and Concessions, the fabulous markets, the intriguing Namib and Kalahari deserts, the beautiful Caprivi Strip, Sossusvlei, the Fish River Canyon, sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, the Skeleton Coast, Kaokoland, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Kolmanskop, the Cape Cross Seal reserve and many more.  Activities to do in Namibia will include Climbing the sand dunes, Hiking, Exploring the canyons, Diving, Windsurfing, Catamaran, Kitesurfing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Caving, Rafting, Walking on the Beaches, Horseback Riding, Stargazing in NamibRand, Shoreline Fishing, Visit the Etosha Pan, Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Safari Tours, Dune and Sandboarding, Quad biking, 4×4 Expeditions and much more.

 Must see attractions in Namibia would include:

 

The Cape Cross Seal Reserve

Located on the Skeleton Coast of western Namibia lies the Cape Cross Seal Reserve, one of the biggest tourist attractions in Namibia.  The Cape Cross is a protected area under the name Cape Cross Seal Reserve and is owned and managed by the government of Namibia.  The Cape Cross is mainly known as a breeding reserve for Cape Fur Seals and today the reserve is home to one of the largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals in the world.  The Cape Cross is a Cape Fur Seal Beach that derived its name from the original limestone 2meter high padrão (stone cross) that was erected by a Portuguese captain and navigator Diego Cão in 1486.  There are approximately 24 colonies with a seal population of about 650 000 seals along the Namibian and South African coast and about 200 000 to 250 000 seals inhabit Cape Cross.  The seals are present all year and their numbers fluctuate throughout the year with October being a busy month as the bulls arrive and establish their territories, while the cows give birth to all the pups in late November and early December after a nine-month gestation period.  The Cape Cross Reserve is open daily from 10:00am to 17:00pm and tourists would need permits to access the area.  Permits can be obtained from the office at the Cape Cross Reserve where admission fees are payable per vehicle and per person.  There are no accommodation facilities available at the Cape Cross Reserve but there are toilet and water facilities available.

Kolmanskop

The mystifying and captivating ghost town of Kolmanskop is located within the Sperrgebiet on the edge of the Namib desert, 850km south-west of Windhoek or 10km east of the isolated coastal town of Lüderitz in Namibia.  Kolmanskop, once known as a grand town in Namibia is now only a lonely landscape filled with golden memories of what once was, bleached stone outcrops, curved sand drifts and desolate buildings.  Zacherias Lewala a worker that shovelled drift sand from the tracks on the Lüderitz-Aus railway, found Namibia’s first diamond near Kolmanskop in 1908 which prompted a flood of prospectors from Germany.  The town grew fast and so did the diamond discoveries as diamonds were so common in the early days, they could be plucked from the sand by moonlight, and labourers crawled on their hands and knees picking diamonds of the ground in jam jars.  The richest diamond deposits in the world were soon to be found in this area.  Germany administered the region and in 1912 the area produced one million carats and 11.7 % of the world’s total diamond production.

With the immense wealth of diamonds already discovered and the prospects of more diamonds waiting to be discovered, the town flourished and soon there were beautiful European houses, grand recreational facilities, a butchery, a bakery, a post office, a teacher, an architect, doctors, a hospital and mining managers.  Fresh water was brought into the town by rail from 120 km away where it was then stored in storage tanks, and an ice plant was established to make ice blocks to use in food coolers and to manufacture the town’s own delicious lemonade.  The town was beautiful and its wealth and European luxury could be seen by the lush nurtured gardens, manicured lawns, rose beds, eucalyptus trees and elaborate houses with their characteristic German architecture, truncated roofs and generous windows.  A magnificent hall with perfect acoustics was designed by a German expert for the inhabitants’ entertainment and soon the beautiful song of the opera companies that were shipped from Europe to perform in the hall, could be heard in the vastness of the night.  The magnificent hall was also used by the local theatre group, gymnastics troop and the town’s local orchestra and today the perfect acoustics of the magnificent hall can be put to the test by tourists that are willing to burst into song.

World War 1 interrupted all mining operations in Kolmanskop and the resumption of mining after the war then led to the slow depletion of the diamond deposits in the early 1930’s.  The final demise of the town was caused by the discovery of the richest diamond-bearing deposits ever known, located on the beach terraces 270km south of Kolmanskop near the Orange River in 1936.  Many of Kolmanskop’s inhabitants left their possessions and homes behind and joined the diamond rush to the Orange River.  After most of the town’s inhabitants left for the rush to the Orange River, Kolmanskop served as a supply depot for other mining operations including those on the Orange River.  After mining companies realised that its easier to bring supplies from South Africa, Kolmanskop was abandoned completely and after the last three families left in 1956, the deserted Kolmanskop was left to the mercy of the desert.  Today there are guided tours to Kolmanskop in the mornings and tourists can scramble through the desert dunes to explore the sand-filled mansions while listening to the sound of the wind blowing desert sands through the lonely streets and abandoned buildings, slowly but surely burying the last remains of the ghost town.

Twyfelfontein

Located in the Aba-Huab Valley in the Damara highland between Sesfontein and Khorixas in Namibia lies Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with rocks that shelter more than 2500 engravings and paintings ranging in time of creation from 300BC to the 19th century.  It’s believed that Twyfelfontein has been inhabited for around 6000 years starting with the original San hunter-gatherers, then the Khoikhoi herders and finally the Damara farmers who called the valley “Uri-Ais” meaning “Jumping Fountain” in their language due to the small freshwater spring located in the valley.  In 1947 the first Afrikaans farmers settled in the valley and because they didn’t believe that the freshwater spring could support their livestock because the fountain was unreliable and had little water, they called it Twyfelfontein meaning “Doubtful Fountain” or “Fountain of Doubt”.  The 2500 unique rock engravings (Petroglyphs) and many rock paintings made by the San (Bushmen) resulted in Twyfelfontein becoming famous.  Made with quartz tools, the age of the engravings with hand hunting scenes of hunters pictured with bow and arrow fluctuates between a period of 1000 – 10 000 years, and the depicted animals like elephant, zebra, rhino, giraffe, lion and various antelope are believed to represent the ceremonies used to empower the hunters.  In order to stop the common stealing of rock engravings, the valley was declared a national monument in 1952 and UNESCO declared Twyfelfontein as a World Heritage Site in 2007 resulting in tourists only being able to visit the paintings and engravings with a local guide.

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TRAVEL ADVISORIES & ALERTS


If you would like any travel advice or real time alerts, please click on any of the following links below:

Advisories

Namibia Tourism Board

http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/

U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/namibia

US Department of State Travel Advisories

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories

Australia (Smartraveller.gov.au)

https://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/africa/southern/Pages/namibia.aspx

New Zealand

https://safetravel.govt.nz/namibia

Canada (English)

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/namibia

World Travel Guide

https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/africa/namibia

 

Customs and Visas

https://www.namibia.org.za/visa-requirements/

https://www.visahq.com/namibia/customs

http://www.namibiahc.org.uk/visa-consular.php

http://gov.na/visas

Current News within Namibia

https://allafrica.com/namibia/
Regional Namibia news provided by allAfrica.com
https://www.namibiansun.com/

Namibia News
https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/tagged/namibia

Namibia online news

https://www.namibian.com.na/
Namibia News

https://neweralive.na/

Namibia News

Driving in Namibia

http://www.adcidl.com/Driving-in-namibia.html

https://namibiatourism.com.na/blog/Tips-for-Driving-in-Namibia

Emergencies

Health

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/namibia

Namibia Radio

https://www.nbc.na/

https://www.nbc.na/nationalfm

Namibia radio stations providing news and information on what’s happening in and around Namibia. 

Tourism

http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/

http://www.namibian.org/travel/travel.htm

http://www.met.gov.na/

Useful Environmental and Nature Links

https://www.birdlife.org/news/country/namibia

https://www.worldwildlife.org/places/namibia

https://naankuse.com/

http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/page/conservation

http://www.met.gov.na/about-met/environmental-affairs/273/

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USEFUL LANGUAGES


A collection of useful phrases in popular languages sponen in Namibia.  Translations have been kindly supplied by the Namibian Government on http://gov.na/languages-spoken.

Notes: A dash (-) means a word or phrase does not exist in that particular language.

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VISAS


Please be aware that the information noted below is applicable to tourist visas only. If you’re planning on working, studying, volunteering or living in Namibia, you’ll need a different type of visa altogether that requires additional documentation and must be applied for in advance. You can contact your embassy/high commission for more information.  Please ensure that there is enough space in your passport for the inclusion of the visa and please ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond your intended date of departure and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps in order to get a visa.  All visitors to Namibia must have a valid return ticket.

Visa free entry is available for passport holders from:

The following passport holders need a Visa to enter Namibia:

Visas are valid up to three months from the date of issue for stays of up to three months within one calendar year from date of entry. Extensions for a further three months are available from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Windhoek.  Visas can be obtained from your nearest Namibian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission or see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website on http://www.mirco.gov.na/ or http://gov.na/visas.  It is also advisable for tourists to please contact their nearest Namibian embassy/high commission to find out which documents you may need to enter into the country.

NB! If you are traveling with minor children to or from South Africa or even if your travels are just “in transit” through South Africa, then please read the following guidelines on the link below.

Immigrationleaflet.pdf 

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WEATHER


Namibia has a subtropical desert climate with plenty of sunshine, cold winters and hot summers.  Namibia’s climate can also be described as arid, hot and dry with substantial fluctuations during the seasons depending on which part of the country you visit.  In general, with an average of 300 days of sunshine, Namibia is still a fabulous all-year-round destination.  The wet, rainy summer season in Namibia falls between November and April and the temperatures are very hot during the day with low humidity and cool evenings.  Summer temperatures during the day in Namibia are on average above 30°C/86°F but can be much higher in the deserts.  The dry winter season in Namibia begins in May and ends in October and is characterized by sunny, relatively warm days with clear skies and cold nights where temperatures can drop below freezing point in some areas.  Visitors are advised to pack gloves and extra layers of clothing for the winter evenings.  The best visiting times for Game Viewing in Namibia are during the dry months (May – October) as the lack of water forces wildlife to be close to rivers and waterholes making them easier to spot, and thus resulting in game viewing at its best during this time.  For updated current weather reports, check the Namibia Met Service on the following link http://www.meteona.com/.

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WHAT! NEED TO KNOW MORE?


If you would like more general information on Namibia, you can visit any of the following links below:

https://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/namibia.htm

africa-south-sahara/browse-country/namibia

https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/africa/namibia/

http://www.fao.org/countryprofiles/index/en/?iso3=NAM

https://globaledge.msu.edu/countries/namibia

https://www.hrw.org/africa/namibia

http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Country_Specific/Namibia.html

https://rsf.org/en/namibia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namibia

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/wa.html

http://thecommonwealth.org/our-member-countries/namibia

http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/

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