Namibia is located on the West Coast of Southern Africa, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west, Angola in the northwest and Zambia in the northeast Botswana in the east and South Africa in the south. With a surface of 826 000 km2, is greater than France and Great Britain put together, with its population of just 1.8million is one of the lowest in the world.
Namibia is a bountiful of sunshine, abundance of wildlife, scenic beauty and a diversity of rich cultures.
Namibia’s Capital Windhoek with the population of 185 000, is often described as a city with a “ Continental atmosphere. Reason was of its architecture – historical buildings dating back to German colonial rule- as well as to its cuisine, diversity of cultures. At the same time Windhoek has the color and sound of a modern African City.
Namibia is accessible by air through Hosea Kutako International airport: Direct flights from Frankfurt and Connections from Johannesburg International airport, South Africa.
Namibia can by accessed by road: Noordoewer the main border post between Namibia and South Africa, Buitepos between Namibia and Botswana, Mohembo and Ngoma crossing between Namibia and Botswana in the north east, Wanela between Namibia and Zambia, and Oshikango Border post between Namibia and Angola.
Namibia has a dry climate typical of a semi- dessert country where droughts are a regular occurrence. Days are mostly warm to very hot and nights are generally cool. Average interior day temperature in summer (October – April) vary from 20°C – 34°C and average interior night temperature in winter (May – September) from 0°C -10°C.
The coast, influenced by the Benguela current has a relatively stable range of 15°C – 25°C.
Namibian Standard Time:
Summer GMT +2h from the first Sunday of September up to the first Sunday of April the following year
Winter GMT +1h from the first Sunday of April up to the first Sunday of September the same year
GMT = Greenwich mean Time (universal Time co-ordinated)
In Namibia, Malaria occurs mostly in the northern regions although it has also been reported in the central and occasionally in the south. Personal protection measures include using a mosquito repellent (containing diethyl toluamide or dimethyl phthalate), sleeping in a mosquito net, and wearing long sleeves and long trousers.
Be aware that mosquito is mostly active between Dusk and Dawn. The World Health Organization recommends the use of Chloroquine together with Proguanil.
Our Currency the Namibian is par- link to the South African Rand, and the Rand is legal tender. The N$ is not accepted outside Namibia.
International credit cards, (MasterCard, Visa, Diner’s club) are accepted by most institutions in the country, including Hotels, restaurants however many vendors outside big town may only accept cash.
Telecom Namibia maintains one of the most advanced telecommunication networks in Africa countries in the World. A total of 64 automatic exchanges
(Digital) connects subscribers directly to most countries in the World. Nampost maintains 73 post offices throughout the country.
English is the official language, Afrikaans the lingua Franca, and Oshiwambo the home language of the majority of the population. In addition to diverse number of indigenous languages, German is wildly spoken.
The country was a German colony from 1884 – 1915 and was thereafter administered by SA until independence on 21 March 1990.
The multi –party democracy in constitutionally guaranteed . President Sam Nujoma heads the executive and is assisted by the Cabinet. The legistature consists of two Chambers and the judiciary is constitutionally independent.
Fauna and Flora
Large mammals found in Namibia include elephant, giraffe, rhino and buffalo. Endangered species’ are black rhino, wild dog, cheetah, lion, Puku, oribi, and waterbuck. There are eight endemic mammal species, and in the Namib a large number of endemic dune-dwellers, including 30 lizards. Of the 887 birds species listed from southern Africa, 620 have been recorded in Namibia.
Namibian belong to so many different cultural groups notable examples are the Herero women indistinctive Victorian- style dresses. The Nama / Damara, who speaks with Click sounds, Himba women with their intricate hairstyles and ornamental copper necklaces and anklets the San ( Bushmen ) the last representatives of the hunter-gatherer tradition,and not forgetting the Owambo, a collective of eight tribes which common origin and culture living in central north, who moved southwards from the Great Lakes in East Africa.
Namibia with all its beautiful landscape and wonderful people welcomes you and we at Mu Africa Tourism make sure that you will have a wonderful Stay and memorial holiday.