Even by African standards this is a vast country. With its surface area of 824 268 square km, it is about four times the size of the United Kingdom and 27 times the size of Belgium. Situated along the Atlantic seaboard on the south-western coast of the African sub continent, Namibia borders on Angola and Zambia in the north, South Africa in the south and south-east, Botswana in the east and Zimbabwe at the eastern extremity of Caprivi, the curiously-shaped panhandle consisting of water-rich riverine swamplands. Population is estimated at just over 1.4 million with an annual population growth of about 3%. The population density of 1.7 people per square km is one of the lowest in the world. The population is distributed unevenly, however. Approximately 60% of the countrys inhabitants live in the north and about one third in rural areas.
All visitors must have valid passports and return tickets. Visas are required by nationals of foreign countries excluding the following: All Commonwealth countries, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Rep. of Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Samoa (Western), San Marino, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay and USA. The following countries (although Commonwealth) do require visa: Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Mauritius, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Entry into Namibia is permitted for a maximum duration of 90 days. Note: Please check with your nearest Namibia Consulate for up to date information for other than US citizens.
The currency unit is the Namibian Dollar (NAD), which is fixed to and equals the South African Rand on a one-to-one basis. The Namibian Dollar and South African Rand are the only legal tender in Namibia and can be used freely to purchase goods and services in the country. The Namibian Dollar, however, is not legal tender in South Africa. Travelers can exchange their currency for Namibian Dollars on arrival at Windhoek International Airport or at commercial banks in Windhoek and Swakopmund. Banks are open Monday to Friday 9:00am-3:30pm and Saturdays 9:00am-10:30am. Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard) are accepted in major towns and at many safari lodges and rest camps, but not in rural areas. Visitors may import/export a maximum of NAD 50,000 in bank notes. Foreign currency may be imported and exported without restriction provided it is declared on arrival.
All water from taps is purified and visitors need have no hesitation in drinking it. Outlying areas typically rely on borehole or spring water, which is safe if boiled.
In major cities all electrical appliances run on 220 or 240V AC, 50 Hz. Outlets are round 3-pin, 15 amp plugs. The electricity supply is 220 or 240V AC, 50 Hz. However those camps/lodges situated in remote areas have to generate their own electricity.
Namibia has an efficient postal system and 31 automatic telephone exchanges, enabling visitors to dial to 277 countries. Telecom Namibia also offers a cellular telephone system. IDD and fax facilities are freely available. Most major towns have post offices open from 08h15 to 16h00. A direct international dialing service is available from the major hotels and lodges in Namibia. For international telephone calls, the country code is +264 – regional country codes are available from the operator. Safari lodges are able to communicate via a radio.
Greenwich Mean Time + 2 hours during Daylight Savings; Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour from April to August.
Although English is the official language, both Afrikaans and German are frequently used