Capital city: Windhoek
Currency: Namibian dollar (N$)
Population size: 2.5 million
Local languages: English, Damara Nama, Oshiwambo, Otjiherero, Hai IIom, Rukavango, Masubia, Afrikaans, Setswana, German
High season for travelers: July to September
Weather: Summer starts in September and Winter starts in May
International airport: Hosea Kutako Airport
Namibia, formerly known as South West Africa is a country bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and Botswana on the east. It is home to diverse wildlife which includes the big 5 and hosts various wildlife sanctuaries including the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Places to see in Namibia
Kolmanskop is a deserted old diamond mining town which was build around 1908. It has been deserted since 1956 and some buildings have been recently restored. Although very windy and sandy it is an excellent place to see how the people lived in the past. Here you can explore the old houses, the hospital, the butchery as well as the bowling alley. For more sand you can visit Sossusvlei. It is a clay valley which is situated in the middle of the Namib desert. The dunes make a beautiful backdrop for the dead trees which makes this one of the most visited and photographed places in Namibia. Swakopmund is the most popular town for tourism, it has great restaurants, a beautiful beaches and perfect for those who love the cool weather. To extend your tour among the coastline of Namibia, you can also visit the Skeleton coast. If you are not a fan of cool weather and the dunes you can head over to Twyfelfontein. This place has been named a world heritage site by UNESCO. Prehistoric rock art and petrified trees adorn the area. Similarly Spitzkoppe is a group of bald granite peaks located between Usakos and Swakopmunt. These peaks are more than 120 million years old and the highest peak is at 1,728 above sea level.
The warmer weather is constant in the Kavango and Zambezi regions. Culinary delights such as Tilapia with Mtete are inherent in the culture. Elephants also roam the area where the rare rosewood trees grow. The most beautiful part about this region are the little huts in the villages that blend in harmoniously with the surrounding nature. This is where you can feel the real Africa in Namibia.
1. Insect borne diseases: Although not that prevalent there have been recent reports in the local media of Malaria and Congo fever cases. To prevent fatalities, inoculations are advised.
2. Interacting with the locals: There have been reports of travelers having indecent relations with the young children within the Himba and San communities. It is strongly advised to show respect to avoid trouble with the authorities.
3. Forbidden zones: Familiarize yourself with forbidden zones such as the the Sperrgebiet, the prohibited diamond area.
4. Police: The police patrol the areas where they think tourists might be targeted for petty crimes. Keep emergency numbers on hand.
5. Roadside assistance: Know that the locals will be more than willing to assist if you are having car troubles or complaints of any nature. You can flag down cars by the roadside for either tools, manpower or even a lift to the filling station.
6. Harassment of tourists: If you are harassed by some locals to buy things, it is best to ignore and walk away. Some can be rude and are not worth ruining your holiday.
Namibian Police: +264 (61) 10111
Windhoek City Police: +264 (61) 290 2239 / 290 2018
Breakdown Services: + 264 (61) 230 823 / 240 733
Town Tow-in Services: + 264 (61) 210 779
Road Guard Emergency: + 264 (61) 210 780
Aeromed: +264 (61)249 777 / 230 505
MedRescue: + 264 (61) 230 505/6/7