Why Visit Namibia
COLORS & LANDSCAPES
Namibia is well known for its vibrant colors and contrasts of its landscapes. Home to the oldest desert in the world, its dunes (one of the biggest worldwide) change its colours from orange to red as the sun makes its daily journey through the sky, and extend perfectly into the water of the atlantic ocean. Not to mention the Skeleton Coast, a 976-mile coastline that houses skeletal remains of the shipwrecks caught by offshore rocks and fog.
Indigenous tribes have been living in Namibia for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until 1884 that it became a german colony. Further on, the country was captured by the South Africans during the First World War. All these different periods and cultures left its imprint on the Namibian culture, with a lot of diversity in its cuisine, traditions and architecture. (They speak english, german and a lot of african languages and dialects down there)
Namibia is also known for its diverse wildlife. With 26 national parks and reserves, the wildlife is one of the main attractions of the country. The country is home to a unique population of elephants that have adapted to the desert and the largest free roaming Cheetah population on the planet. Rhinos, leopards, lions, giraffes, wild horses and more species can be spotted throughout the country. It was also the first African country to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution.
THE GERMAN INFLUENCE
It is well known that germans love beer, and Namibians are proud to carry with the tradition. Namibian beer is brewed to the highest German standards and it is one of the best beers of Africa. Oktoberfest is annually celebrate in Windhoek. German architecture and heritage can be found in some colonial cities, as well as their influence in Namibia’s cuisine.
What to expect
Although English is the official language, not all the Namibians speak it. The majority of Namibians speak Oshiwambo or Afrikaans. Other languages spoken are English, German, Kavango, Otjiherero, and Nama/Damara. It would be good to learn some basic words in Oshiwambo just in case.
The standard voltage in Namibia is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
The Namibian Dollar and the South African Rand are both used side by side as the country currencies. You will only be able to get Namibian Dollars once you reach Namibia. All the major cards are accepted. However, cash is recommended, and ATMs can rarely be found outside the big cities. You can exchange your money at any commercial bank. 1 USD is equivalent to about 15.15 Namibian Dollar/South African Rand (as of 2020)
Namibia is to be considered one of the safest countries in Africa overall, if you don’t go to Windhoek. Crime rate increases a lot in here and pickpockets and muggers can be a problem. if you are alert and take some common sense precautions, you should have no problems.
Namibia has a subtropical desert climate and it is a year round destination. It features great differences in day and nighttime temperatures, low rainfall and low humidity, so be prepared. The best season to go would be the dry season from May to October, when it is easier to see some wildlife.
A passport with at least six months of validity remaining is required to enter to Namibia. Citizens from the U.S., European union, Canada, Australia or England and other 39 countries are permitted stays up to 90 days total (with the exception of nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, who do require a visa). If you wanna find out whether your country requires a visa to enter, check this information. Citizens who require a visa need to apply for it from the Namibian consulate in their country of origin or the Ministry of Home Affairs, Private Bag 13200, Windhoek, ☎+264 61 292-2111 (fax: +264 61 223-817).
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