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Africa

Namibia Travel Guide

According to iTypeUSA, Namibia is a country located in Africa with name that begins with letter N. The name of the state of Namibia, which has been independent since 1990, is derived from the Namib Desert, which occupies the coastal area on the Atlantic and is considered the oldest desert on earth. The animal-rich thorn bush savannah of the Kalahari spreads out in the east of the country, in which, in addition to lions, oryx and wildebeest, numerous other mammal species brave the heat and drought. Between these desert areas lies a highland with the capital Windhoek at 1,700 m above sea level. Check Countryaah to find more countries that begin with letter N.

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Entry

Vacationers from EU countries and Switzerland can stay in the country for up to 90 days without a visa. A passport, which must be valid for another 6 months, is sufficient for entry.

Climate

The South African summer months October to January are very hot, the winter months from May to September pleasantly warm during the day, but at night it can cool down considerably. In the interior of the country, the rainy season is from November to April – there can also be flooding in certain areas.

Food and drink

The former German colonialists immortalized themselves culinary in Namibia with Oktoberfest, Black Forest cake and pork knuckle with sauerkraut. In contrast, traditional African cuisine can serve up specialties such as grilled warthog, boiled goat’s head or Millie Pap corn porridge. Somewhere in between is modern Namibian cuisine with a South African twist, in which ostrich carpaccio, springbok steaks and crocodile meat are served.

Cultural characteristics

As different as the people of Namibia are, what they have in common is pride in themselves and their country. Some of the Namibian groups, such as the opulently clad Herero women, like to be photographed – but often only for a fee. In general, you should obtain their consent before photographing people.

Medical advice

Basic medical care is provided. However, the medical equipment and hygienic conditions do not always reach European standards. It is advisable to have the vaccinations, which are common in Europe, refreshed if necessary before traveling to Namibia. We also recommend that you bring a personal first-aid kit with you. In Namibia, measures to protect against mosquito bites must be taken in any case, as well as the usual protective measures against diarrheal diseases: Never drink tap water, do not eat raw, unpeeled fruit and vegetables, etc. You can get more information with the travel documents from Weltweitwandern. You should also pay attention to the strong tropical sun and appropriate sun protection.

Climate and travel time

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The Namibia is very warm all year round. In winter 25 °C is normal. In December and January the temperature often rises above 40 °C during the day. In July and August, at night, the temperature can drop to freezing point. Between December and March, short and heavy rains must be expected in Namibia (main rainy season). The rest of the year is mostly dry. The rainfall increases from the southwest with 20 – 50 mm per year towards the northeast with up to 800 mm per year.

Climate July, August

It is winter in Namibia at this time. In Namibia it is dry season and not rain. In the southern part of Namibia, teperaurs are between 18 ° and 22 ° during the day and between 20 ° and 24 ° in the north. At night it is quite cool in Namibia (5 ° -10 °C).

Climate April, May

This date is generally the cooler one because it is autumn in Namibia. However, it is dry in Namibia.

Temperatures South Namibia: day 25-28 °C, night 10-12 °C
Temperatures North Namibia: day 25-30 °C, night 15-18 °C

Climate October

This date is warmer as it is late spring in Namibia. There are even more flowering plants to be seen on the west coast in October.

Temperatures South Namibia: day 30-32 °C, night 15-20 °C
Temperatures North Namibia: day 30-35 °C, night 20-23 °C

All about money

Currency

Namibia Dollar (NAD)

General

Namibia’s actual currency is the Namibian dollar. But the South African rand is also accepted everywhere. These are firmly bound in the course 1: 1. It is advisable to first exchange money in Namibia, as the exchange rates in Europe are quite expensive. You only need Namibian money after customs and there you will find a lot of ATMs and exchange offices with cheaper fees. In general, ATMs can be found across the country. For example in all larger towns, at the airport and in supermarkets. These mostly accept VISA, Mastercard, Postcard and Maestro cards. At petrol stations you can often only find ATMs from the Windhoek Bank, which mostly only accept VISA. Even if most lodges, restaurants and shops accept credit card payments, you should always have some cash with you in case of emergency. Just not too much if possible. Namibia is a relatively safe country, but theft cannot be ruled out either.

Other essential information

Time difference

The time difference to CET is +1 hour

Electrical current

The voltage in Namibia is 220 volts / 50 hertz or 240 volts / 50 hertz and sockets type D and M (+ N in South Africa) are used. You therefore need suitable travel plug adapters.

Possible escort for walking safaris
During the hikes in the national park, an armed ranger will accompany you for safety reasons. This is considered protection from the animals.

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