Namibia
Windhoek
 
With roughly 350'000 inhabitants Windhoek constitutes the largest city in the country and is situated in a lush and scenically appealing valley of the Auas Mountains, Namibia's second highest mountain range. The cosmopolitan city counts as one of the cleanest in Africa and, with its friendly inhabitants, has been describes as one of the "nicest" cities on the African continent.
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Tourist Information
How to get there
Transportation to Namibia is usually by air, with direct flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as direct international flights from Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf and London. Hosea Kutako International Airport is situated 45 km's east of Windhoek, as strong prevailing winds and high mountain ranges render the Windhoek valley unsuitable for large planes to land. Various transfer companies and taxis are at the guests’ disposal for transfers to the city centre and their accommodation. You are able to collect your pre-booked rental vehicle directly at the airport.

Credit Cards
International Visa, Diners Club, American Express and MasterCard credit cards are generally accepted, while the Speedpoint and ATM facilities assure quick and efficient service. Holders of other card types are advised to clarify whether their card qualifies as an acceptable payment method in Namibia. You have the possibility to exchange foreign currency at a number of hotels and lodges throughout the country. Note: No credit cards are accepted at petrol service stations.

Local time
Namibia’s summertime is two hours ahead of GMT from the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April. Wintertime is one hour ahead of GMT, from the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in September.

Currency
The Namibia Dollar (N$) equals the South African Rand (ZAR) 1:1. The South African Rand is legal tender in Namibia and is accepted throughout for payment. Denominations: 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, N$1, N$5, N$10, N$20, N$50, N$100, N$200.

Water
Tap water is safe to drink throughout the country, except for isolated rural areas, where the consumption of filtered or bottled mineral water is recommended.

Electricity
220/240 Volts AC. Round two or three-pole 15 amp plugs are used, it is advisable to buy an appropriate adapter before leaving home.

Health and entry requirements
Due to the hot dry climate Namibia is virtually free of tropical diseases, therefore health certificates are not normally required. Visitors arriving from a yellow fever zone require a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Anti malaria prophylactics area advisable if visiting the north of Namibia. A valid passport, which is valid for 6 months beyond intended departure, is required. Contact your nearest Namibian Tourism Board office or Namibian Embassy for an updated list.

Medical Services
All major centres have state-run hospitals and in Windhoek there are currently three world-standard hospitals. Doctors are listed under ‘Classified Medical Listings’ in the local telephone directory. As Namibia is such a vast country, emergency medical evacuation services extend to the furthest corners of Namibia and are supported by a well-developed charter industry and a good road network. Insurance covering travel, accidents, illness and hospitalisation is advised for the duration of your stay and must be arranged at time of booking.

Climate
Seasons are opposite to those of the northern hemisphere. Namibia averages 300 days of sunshine a year! The climate is typical of a semi-desert country where droughts are a regular occurrence. September to April are summer months with the rainfall season from October to April. Winter ranges from May – August. At the coast hot east-wind weather may occur during winter times.

The average temperatures in degrees Celsius are:
Tourist Centre Summer Winter
Windhoek 15°C - 35°C 7°C - 28°C
Swakopmund 12°C - 22°C 9° - 18°C
Fish River Canyon 17°C - 34°C 6°C - 27°C
Etosha National Park 17°C - 32°C 7°C - 26°C

Average rainfall figures vary from less than 50 mm along the coast to 350 mm in the central and 700 mm in the far northeastern regions.

Language
The official language is English but German and Afrikaans are widely spoken and understood. Namibia has 15 ethnic groups with some 27 languages and dialects being spoken.
 
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