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Full country name: Republic of Namibia
Area: 825,418 sq km
Population: 2,108,665
Capital City: Windhoek
Language: English
Religion: 80% Christian (50% Lutheran), 10% indigenous beliefs, 7% other, 3% Islam
Government: Presidential republic
Time Zone: WAT (UTC+1), summer (DST) WAST (UTC+2)
Dialing Code: +264
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD)

Money & Costs:
Average Yearly Salary:

Budget: $5-10
Mid-range: $10-25
High: $25+
Budget: $10-30
Mid-range: $30-100
High: $100+

Geography: Namibia, a large arid country, is located on the west coast of Africa. It is bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The country is characterized by broad geographical variation and it can be divided into four different regions: Namib Desert and Coastal Plain; the Kalahari Sands; the eastward-sloping Central Plateau; and the woodland regions of the Kavango and Caprivi.

Climate: Since Namibia is situated at the southern edge of the tropics, it has more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Winters, that last from June to August, are generally dry and mild. Summers, on the contrary, have two rainy seasons. A small rainy season occurs between September and November, the big one  between February and April. Rainfall is, however, quite variable, as even droughts are common. In Winter period, a condition known as Bergwind or Oosweer (East weather - a hot dry wind blowing from the inland to the coast) occasionally occurs. As the desert is behind the coast, these winds often develop into sand storms.

Recommended clothing: Rather pack cotton than synthetic clothes if you are going to Namibia in summer. Light clothing with a sweater or a light jacket are required for winter, as it gets cool in the evenings and early mornings. Windbreaker should be taken into account when planning trips to the windy coast. Comfortable walking shoes are also very important. Remember to pack sunglasses, a hat, sun block and mosquito repellent.

Health: Namibia is almost free of tropical diseases. However, malaria exists in the northern area. You can reduce the risk of malaria by using prophylactics before arrival to Namibia. If you are prescribed any medications, take adequate supply. The Southern African sun is harsh, therefore you should apply the highest (SPF '20) sun block at all times while on holiday.

Food: Restaurants rarely serve traditional Namibian cuisine to their guests. The food tends to be of a European style with lots of seafood. The food is hygienically prepared, so you don't have to worry about stomach upsets. Since Namibians are meat lovers, you will find a lot of meat dishes included in the menu; there is usually a selection of vegetarian foods in most restaurants though.

Drink: There is a variety of canned soft drinks to choose from and they are usually served or sold ice cold. Tap water in main towns is generally safe to drink, though it may have an aftertaste. Namibia has several brands of lagers, the Hansa drought being the most popular. Very little wine is imported from elsewhere than South Africa.

Public Holidays:
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Mar 21 Independence Day
Apr 25 Easter Monday
May 1 May Day/Labour Day/Ascension
May 3 Cassinga Day
May 25 Africa Day (Anniversary of the OAU's Foundation)
Jun 2 Ascension
Aug 26 Heroe's Day
Dec 10 International Human Rights Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Family/Goodwill Day

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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