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Namibia has two deserts, the Namib desert and the Kalahari desert. Namibia is named after one of its deserts, the Namib Desert. Namibia means 'vast place of nothingness' in the Nama language. This is however not at all a place of nothingness. In the northern parts of Namibia you will see an amazing variety of flora and fauna. The thick bush attracts a big variety of birds and mammals.

Etosha National Park FB

Game reserve

415 km north of Windhoek

This park is referred to as the Etosha Pan by the local people. You can see 4 of the big 5 in this park including a spectacular view of a huge diversity of other animals and birds. The park is home to as many as 114 species of mammals. This large salt pan is so big it is even visible from space!

For more information visit the Etosha website.

Location: Google Maps The road to the Etosha National Park is tar road all the way. If you are driving from Windhoek and via Outjo you will drive through 3 towns to get to the Etosha Pan which is Okahandja, Otjiwarongo and Outjo.

Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required to enter Namibia and a visa is only required by people from some countries. Entry into Namibia will be allowed up to a maximum of 90 days. Extensions can be applied for from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Visitors from various western countries and also countries surrounding Namibia does not need a visa. Please visit www.namibia.org.za for more information.


Cross the border from SA

Documents required when you pass the border with a vehicle includes a valid driver's license, certified copy of vehicle registration papers in the name of the driver, a ZA Sticker, and a Motor Insurance Certificate.


South Africa Botswana border post / Skilpadshek - this border opens at 6 o'clock in the morning and closes at 12 o'clock in the night.


Namibia Botswana border post / Buitpos - this border opens at 6 o'clock (Botswana or South African time) in the morning and closes at 12 o'clock (Botswana or South African time) in the night.


Health

If you are travelling north in Namibia, above Okahandja, it is advisable to take precautions against malaria. It is also advisable to take out medical insurance when visiting Namibia. Vaccinations are not required to visit Namibia.


Climate

Midsummer temperatures can rise to over 35ºC. In most areas winter days are warm but dawn temperatures may drop to freezing. Windhoek, the capital city, can be a bit chilly in the winter. The rainy season lasts from October to April.


Maps

If you are using Google Maps or Waze to find the location of your guesthouse please inspect the maps carefully, while you are still at home, as Namibia does not have good and/or fast internet in most areas.


Time

Namibia sets their clock one hour backward beginning of April and one hour forward beginning of September each year.


Road Accidents

Watch out! - Kudus and warthog often eat the green grass next to the roads and at night. Be careful of driving too fast and driving into them. The roads in Namibia are wide and generally in a very good condition. The temptation to drive faster than 120 km/hour is very big.


Driving

Namibians drive on the left. Overseas visitors must carry a valid international driving license. The roads in Namibia is in a very good condition.


Communication

Most Namibians can speak, or at least understand English.
International roaming agreements are in place with over a 100 networks and over a 100 countries. Most towns have internet cafés.
The international dialing code is +264 followed by the regional code and the number.


Money

The currency used in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (N$) and it is linked to the South African Rand/equal to it. Just like the Rand it can be divided into 100 cents. Namibia also accepts South African Rand, however Namibian Dollars will not be accepted in South Africa. It is advisable to carry some cash for remote areas.


Water

Tap water is safe to drink unless otherwise stated.


Electrical Appliances

All appliances run on 220/240 volts and a standard frequency of 50 Hz. Outlets are of the round 3 pin –15 amp type. The power sockets that are used are of type D / M, mostly of type M.


VAT and Taxes

Keep all the tax invoices for gifts bought for family at home. When you leave Namibia you may claim back the VAT at the airport. You have to present a valid tax invoice to the officials at the Customs & Excise Offices at the airport. VAT is charged at a rate of 15% in Namibia.


Security

Namibia is a safe country. It is however still advisable to leave all your valuable items that you don't need at home.


Public transport

The Transnamib-Starline is a well known train transportation in Namibia. It is, however not advisable because the train is very slow and it does not run frequently. It is recommended that you hire a car when visiting Namibia.


Airport

The International Airport Hosea Kutako (WDH) is situated 45km east of the capital city, Windhoek. From the airport you can travel to the city by a rented car.

Dinosaur Footprints

Namibia National Monument

227 km north of Windhoek

Do not miss these clearly visible dinosaur tracks if you are on your way to the Etosha.

Location: Google Maps. These footprints is 155 km from Okahandja. It will be a 77 km detour if you are on your way to Otjivarongo.

Hoba meteorite FB

Namibia National Monument

446 km north of Windhoek

"Hoba West meteorite lies on the farm "Hoba West". It has been uncovered but, because of its large mass, has never been moved from where it fell. The main mass is estimated at more than 60 tones, making it the largest known meteorite (as a single piece) and the most massive naturally occurring piece of iron known at the Earth's surface." Read more: wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoba_meteorite

Location: Google Maps. This meteorite is only 85 km from Otavi.

Boab Tree

Namibia National Monument

450 km north of Windhoek

The baobab tree, Adansonia digitata, is a protected species. Although it does not grow very tall, its trunk may reach a circumference of up to 30 m and some of these trees may well be over 3,000 years old. The bark is suitable for making rope, floor mats and paper. A wealth of African legends and superstitions surrounds the tree, such as the belief that a man who drinks an infusion of the bark will receive the gift of immense strength. It's called the "upside-down-tree" because its bare branches look like roots in the dry seasons. It is believed that it receives its strength from heaven. The bat-pollinated flowers bloom at night. Nearly every part serves as medicine to numerous diseases. Many other uses are known. For more information on Namibia's monuments visit the National Heritage Council of Namibia website.

Location: Google Maps. These trees can be viewed about 30 km from Tsumeb.

Vingerklip FB

420 km north-West of Windhoek

Situated halfway between Outjo and Khorixas, the Vingerklip is one of Namibia’s most famous and remarkable rock formations.

Location: Google Maps. The Vingerklip is 103 km from Outjo.

Petrified Forest

Namibia National Monument

494 km north-west of Windhoek

You have to visit this Forest found by two farmers in the 1940's.

Location: Google Maps. The forest is 178 km from Outjo, less than a 100 km from the Vingerklip.

Twyfelfontein FB

World heritage site

431 km north-west of Windhoek

"Twyfelfontein has one of the largest concentrations of rock engravings in Africa. The site forms a coherent, extensive and high-quality record of ritual practices relating to hunter-gatherer communities in this part of southern Africa over at least 2,000 years. Over five thousand individual figures have been recorded to date." Visit UNESCO for more information on this site.

Location: Google Maps.

Brandberg National Monument Area FB

World heritage site - tentative list

378 km north-west of Windhoek

"This is the highest mountain in Namibia. It has an exceptionally rich palaeo-archaeological heritage with a high concentration of prehistoric rock art (more than 43 000 paintings and 900 sites alone)." Visit UNESCO for more information on this site.

Location: Google Maps.

Welwitschia Plains FB

World heritage site - tentative list

378 km north-west of Windhoek

"This interesting plant, named after the Slovenian botanist and doctor Friedrich Welwitsch, only have two leaves. It looks like more leaves, though due the wind and other external injuries the tips of the leave split and fray into several sections. Its Herero name is onyanga, which means onion of the desert. Not only is the Welwitschia endemic to the Namib Desert and semi-desert, it is also taxonomically very distinct, being the only representative in its family, and only one of three species in the order Gnetales." Visit UNESCO for more information on this site.

Location: Central Namib Desert

Fairy circles

Mysterious circles

in the western parts of Namibia

Fairy circles are circular patches of land barren of plants, varying between 2 and 15 metres in diameter, often encircled by a ring of stimulated growth of grass. The cause of fairy circles has long been a puzzle and the investigation has proved challenging. Read Wikipedia for more information on this interesting circles.

Namib Desert

World heritage site

321 km west of Windhoek

"Namib Sand Sea (Namibia) is the only coastal desert in the world that includes extensive dune fields influenced by fog. Fog is the primary source of water in the site." Visit UNESCO for more information on this site.

Location: Google Maps.

Spitzkoppe FB

Top 26 places to see in Africa by CCN Travel

276 km north-west of Windhoek

Spitzkoppe is German for "pointed dome". It is a group of granite peaks located in the Namib desert. It is one of the few bolted rock climbing sports in Namibia. At the foot of some of the koppe you can find bushman paintings. For more information visit www.spitzkoppe.com and CNN Travel.

Location: Google Maps. This site is about 300 km from Windhoek.

Fish River Canyon FB

World heritage site - tentative list

Top 26 places to see in Africa by CCN Travel

655 km south of Windhoek

This canyon is the second largest in the world. Due to flooding and extremely hot summer temperatures, permits are only issued between 1 May and 15 September for hiking in the canyon. Visit UNESCO for more information on this site. Also visit the Ai-Ais Hot Springs when you are in this area.

Location: Google Maps. This canyon is in the south of Namibia and about 7 hours drive from Windhoek.

Quiver Tree Forest FB

Namibia National Monument

849 km south of Windhoek

This forest comprises about 250 specimens of Aloe dichotoma, a species of aloe that is also locally known as "quiver tree" because bushmen traditionally used its branches to make quivers. The tallest quiver trees are two to three centuries old.

Location: Google Maps.

Sossusvlei FB

Top 26 places to see in Africa by CCN Travel

366 km south of Windhoek

Sossusvlei is a salt pan surrounded by dunes, located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. The name "Sossusvlei" is of mixed origin and roughly means "dead-end marsh". "Sossus" is Nama for "no return" or "dead end" and "vlei" is Afrikaans for "shallow natural pool of water". Sossusvlei owes this name to the fact that it is an endorheic drainage basin for the Tsauchab River. For more information visit www.sossusvlei.org and CNN Travel.

Location: Google Maps.

Wildlife in the Constitution

Namibia was the first African country to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution. From the early 1990's to today the populations of desert elephants, desert lions, cheetahs and zebras increased significantly. Conflict with wildlife remains a concern where agriculture shares land with wildlife. Farmers see significant losses when elephants raid crops, break down fences and water tanks, or when predators kill livestock. Refer to link WWF for some more interesting information.

Damara Dik Dik

It is believed by some that the Damara Dik Dik is the smallest antelope in the world and you will only see them in some areas of Namibia. In the dry seasons they often graze in the farmer's gardens if there are no dogs. It is believed that a pair mates for life. Refer to link Global Britannica for some more interesting read on this small mammal.

Snakes and Scorpions

Spot the snake

snake

Black thorn/Acacia mellifera

The thick bush that you see in the northern parts of Namibia is mostly the black thorn. This bush encroachment is due to inappropriate veld management practices (mainly overgrazing by domestic livestock) and it is a major problem in many parts. In some areas it is almost impossible to move in the thick bush. Farmers cut these trees off to produce high quality charcoal that are being exported all over the world. Refer to link Acacia mellifera for some more interesting read on this tree.

Famous people and NASA

Dr Japie van Zyl (his home town as a boy was Outjo) is the Associate Director of Project Formulation and Strategy at the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory and headed the Mars Curiosity project which landed on Mars on 6 August 2012.

Stars

As there are almost no light and no electricity on some farms in the northern areas you can actually see the Milky Way at night.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms (referred to as Omajova by the locals) the size of a small child grow in the termite hills. You will only see it during the rainy season. Read more about these mushrooms

Namibian beer

The Namibians are very proud of their Windhoek Lager, especially enjoyed and exported to South Africa.

Population

Namibia is one of the top 10 least populated countries in the world.

Interested in conservation in Namibia

You can support our animals by visiting or donating to one of the below funds:

1. Cheetah Conservation Fund (close to Otjiwarongo)

2. Cape Griffin Vulture and REST Rear and Endanged Species Trust (close to Otjiwarongo)

3. Save the Rhino's Trust (admin office in Swakopmund)

4. Pangolin Research - Mundulea Nature Reserve (close to Otavi)

5. Namibia's Crane Population (in the Etosha National Park) or visit Crane working group

6. Wild dog and other rescued animals (close to Gobabis)

7. Research on the brown hyenas (in to Luderitz)

Namibia Statistical Facts

There are only 2 280 716 people in this big country and more than half of them live in rural areas. Namibia is one of the least populated countries in the world. Namibia's main exports are diamonds, copper cathodes, fish, copper ores and zinc. Namibia export most of their products to South Africa, Botswana, Switzerland, Spain and Angola. They import most of their goods from South Africa. Exported goods are mainly transported via sea and imported goods are mainly transported via road. Refer to link for Namibia's data wheel giving statistics of Namibia in a fun way.

Accommodation and Fun activities

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