Namibia Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Namibia

Where is it?: Namibia is due north of South Africa on the Atlantic Ocean

Why do people go here?: Huge massive deserts, old Colonial towns and lots of sun.

What are the main entry points?: Flights service Windhoek, but if you need to save money, you can fly into South Africa and travel overland into Namibia

Currency used: Namibian Dollar

Country Code for Phones: 264

Area codes for Major Cities: Windhoek 61

Other Phone Tips: You can bring your own cell phone, but you have to check with your network provider whether they are offering roaming service. If they don’t, simply buy a prepaid SIM card from the MTC of Namibia the time you arrived.

Religion: Lutheran, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Animist

Population: 2.1 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Ovambo 49%, Kavango 9%, Damara 8%, Herero 7%, White 7% Mixed 7%

Government: Republic

Languages: English, Afrikaans, German, Indigenous

Travel Information

Major Cities: Windhoek

Attractions: Namib-Naukluft National Park, Estosha National Park,

Accommodation: Namibia Hostels, Namibia Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Namibia-Tourism P/Bag 13346 Windhoek, Namibia +264-220241; //www.ahj.addr.com/

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Skeleton Coast, The Caprivi

Health Issues: Malaria, Bilharzia, AIDS/HIV

Tips for Visiting

When to go: In Namibia, you can visit the country year-round – there is more than 300 days of sun. However, in order to avoid extremely hot temperatures, it’s best to visit in the winter season from May to October

Common Phrases: Hello = Dag, Yes = ja, No = ne, Thank you = dankie, Please = asseblief, Goodbye = tot siens, How are you = Hoe gaan dit?

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day: Marcy 21, Maherero Day: August 26

Getting Around: Since Namibia ahs a very small population, getting around can be difficult, especially to places off-the-beaten path. There are major buses between Windhoek and cities in South Africa. You can also hire vehicles to get around.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Namibia is the Windhoek Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Namibia travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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