Gerneral

  • Surface area: 824 268 km2
  • Capital: Windhoek 
  • Independence: March 21, 1990
  • Current president: Mr. Hifikepunye Pohamba
  • Multiparty parliament
  • Democratic constitution
  • Secular state – freedom of religion (90% Christian)
  • Freedom of press/media

Population

  • 1.826 854 million
  • Density: 2.2 per km²
  • 13 regions
  • 240 000 inhabitants in Windhoek (15% total)
  • Official  language: english
  • 13 ethnic  cultures
  • 16 languages and  dialects
  • Literacy rate: 65%
  • Population growth rate: 2.9%
  • 1 450 schools – 94% of children attend school

Environment

  • Nature reserves 15% of surface area (105 559 km²)
  • Highest mountain: Brandberg 2579 m
  • Rivers: Orange River southern border with South Africa, Kunene, Okavango, Zambezi and Kwando/Linyanti/Chobe, northern border with Angola, Zambia and Botswana 
  • Ephemeral rivers: Fish, Kuiseb, Swakop and Ugab

Flora

  • 14 vegetation zones
  • 120 species of trees
  • 200 endemic plant species
  • 100 species of lichen
  • Living fossil plant: Welwitschia Mirabilis

Fauna

  • Big game: elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, antelope
  • 20 species of antelope
  • 240 species of mammals (14 endemic)
  • 250 species of reptiles
  • 50 species of frogs
  • ± 630 species of birds
  • Endemic birds: Herero chat, Rockrunner, Monteiro’s hornbill

Drinking water

  • Most tap water is purified and safe to drink. Visitors should exercise caution in rural areas

Physical Infrastructure

  • 5450 km tarred roads
  • 37000 km gravel roads
  • Main harbours: Walvis Bay, Lüderitz
  • Airports and airstrips: Windhoek main airport: Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek City: Eros Airport
  • Airstrips: 46
  • Rail Network: 2382 km
  • Dirrect dialing facilities to 221 countries
  • Mobile communications system: GSM
  • Agreements with 40 countries / 80 networks

Economy

  • Main sectors: mining, fishing, tourism & agriculture
  • Biggest Employer: agriculture 46%
  • Fastest growing sector: tourism
  • Mining: diamonds, uranium, copper, lead, zinc, magnesium, cadmium, arsenic, pyrites, silver and gold, lithium, minerals, dimension stones (granite, marble, blue sodalite) and many semi-precious stones
  • GDP per capita: N$ 11 736

Entry Requirements

  • Passport – valid six months after date of entry
  • Citizens from the following countries are exempted from visa requirements if entering Namibia as bone fide tourist:<br /> Angola, Australia, Austria, Belgium, botswana, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Germany, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavian countries, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, UK, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • For further information contact Ministry of Home Affairs telephone +264-61-292 2102

Electrical Appliances

  • All run on 220/240 volts. Outlets are of the round 3-pin, 15-amps type, the same as in South Africa

Tax & Customs

  • All goods and services are priced to include value-added tax of 15%
  • Visitors may reclaim VAT
  • Enquiries&nbsp; Ministry of Finance – tel. +264-61 23 0773

Transport

  • Public transport NOT available to all destinations in Namibia
  • Bus service from Windhoek / Cape Tow n/ Johannesburg / Vic Falls / Swakopmund
  • Namibia’s main railway lines runs from the South African border, connecting Windhoek to Swakopmund in the west and Tsumeb
  • Extensive network of international and regional flights from Windhoek
  • Domestic charters to all destinations

Money Matters

  • Currency: the Namibian Dollar (N$) is fixed and equals the South African Rand. SA Rand is&nbsp; also legal tender
  • Most international credit cards are accepted
  • Travellers cheques in foreign currency can be exchanged during banking hours, week days from 09.00 – 15.30 and Saturdays from 8.30-10.30, at any commercial bank in most towns
  • Bureau de Change offices at the International Airport and in the Levinson Arcade in Windhoek
  • No credit cards accepted at petrol stations
  • Personal cheques, foreign currency or foreign Travellers Cheques are NOT accepted at rest camps

Social Infrastructure

  • One medical doctor per 3650 people
  • Windhoek has 2 privately run hospitals
  • Intensive care units
  • 24 hours medical emergency services

Medical & Emergency Services

  • INTERNATIONAL SOS: Windhoek: 061 230505/249777
  • NETCARE: 061-22 3330,
  • Swakopmund: 064-400700,
  • Tsumeb: 081-128 5501,
  • Walvis Bay: 064-200 200
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