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P.O.Box 1307 Windhoek
61 Bruhn Street 
Windhoek - Namibia
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Information about Namibia
Size & infrastructure

Namibia is 824 269 sq. km in extent , the fifth largest of 19 countries south of the equator but the least populated, with a population of 2,1 people /sq. km. Namibia is three times the size of Great Britain and twice that of Germany.
Namibia has more kilometers of road per capita than any other part of Africa. The tar and gravel road network is well maintained, and measures more than 32 000 km. Plains cover nearly 60 % of the country. Physically the main features are the Namib Desert in the west and the Kalahari basin in the east with rocky highlands in between.

 

Temperatures

Although the greater part of Namibia lies in the tropics, the climate is typical of a desert like country, with warm to hot days and cool to cold nights. Mean annual temperatures are comparatively moderate, being 20-25C throughout the country except in the central highlands and on the coast, where they are just below 20 C and just above 15C respectively. The hottest months are October in the north, December in the central highlands and January in the south and on the coast Mean maximum temperatures in the hottest months are 31-33C in the west and the central highlands, 33-35C in the north and 34->40C in the south. Mean minimum temperatures in the coldest months, i.e. August on the coast and July in the rest of the country are 9-10C on the coast, 4-9C in the north, 2-3C in the central highlands and 2-6C in the south.


Interesting links:
Yahoo!Weather forecast for Windhoek       
Yahoo!Satellite picture of Africa

 

Entry requirements

Foreign nationals must be in possession of a valid passport to visit Namibia. The validity of the passport must extend for at least six months beyond the date of entry. No visa is required for bona-fide tourists and business visitors from most countries.
Entry into Namibia is permitted for a maximum duration of 90 days for tourists and 30 days for business visitors. Certificates of vaccination are not normally required, except in the case of travelers who have passed through a country where yellow fever is epidemic. All visitors are given a duty-free allowance of 1 l of Wine, 1 l of spirits, 300 ml of perfume, 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 250 g of tobacco and other new or used goods to a total value of N$ 500.00
Trophy hunters are required to obtain a temporary import permit for there rifles on entry. The importation of handguns is prohibited.

 

Time

Namibia Standard time is two hours ahead of GMT in summer, from the first Sunday in September, and one hour ahead of GMT in winter, from the first Sunday in April.

 

Money

The national currency is the Namibian Dollar (N$) divided into 100 cents, which is equal to the South African Rand. The South African Rand is legal tender in Namibia but the Namibian Dollar is not accepted in South Africa or elsewhere. Traveler's cheques in Rand are accepted almost anywhere. Payment with credit cards such as Visa, Master card, American Express and Diners Club is accepted for most goods and services. Most banks are open between 09:00 and 15:30 daily and Saturdays between 08:30 and 11:00
Bona -fide tourists are exempt from paying tax on luxury goods manufactured in Namibia.

Interesting links:
http://www.xe.net/pca   Currency calculator

 

Health and Safety

Visitors to the northern and Eastern part of the country are advised to take prophylactics against Malaria, preferably throughout the year but especially during and immediately after the rainy season.
Bilharzias and Sleeping sickness occur only in the north-east. The incidence is low, but visitors to Okavango and the Caprivi should use insect repellent, dress in dull colours and cover as much of the body as possible. Swimming in stagnant water and drinking dam water should be avoided in the Caprivi and Okavango. (Bilharzias parasite).
Tap water in proclaimed towns is purified and may be consumed without fear of ill effects.
Blood and blood products used for medical purposes are routinely screened for transmissible diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis in strict compliance with international standards.
Medical rescue and evacuation services are available with intensive-care facilities in their aircraft and ambulances. (Medrescue)
Visitors to Etoscha National Park are forbidden to get out of their motor-vehicles because of danger of large predators such as lion.
Hikers and backpackers are advised to wear sunhats and use block-out lotion to prevent sunburn both in winter and summer. In addition boots or closed shoes are necessary in case of encounters with snakes or scorpions.

 

Traffic rules and regulations

Remember to drive on the left hand side of the road in Namibia. There is a general speed limit of 120 km/h on tar roads and 70 km/h on gravel roads. Safety belts must be worn. Road signs use internationally recognized symbols. Road signs warning against animals, particularly Kudu and warthog, should be taken seriously, as these animals wander into the road, especially at night when they are blinded by headlights.

 

Conservation

It is illegal to collect, insure/damage or tamper with wild animals, indigenous plants, historical artifacts, archaeological specimen, fossils and rock art.

 

Tips for driving in Namibia

A self-drive tour through Namibia can be very challenging since the driving conditions are unique compared to other countries. The legal speed limit is 120 km/h on tarred roads and 70 km/h on gravel roads. Wearing a seatbelt is compulsory by law. Always be on the lookout for animals especially at dusk or dawn.
A collision with a Kudu is comparable to a collision with a medium sized sedan vehicle.
An abrupt swerving maneuver will inevitably lead to the vehicle leaving the road and overturning.

 

The treacherous gravel roads

Never drive faster than the prescribed 70 km/h and ensure that both hands are on the steering wheel.

Always keep the vehicle in the tracks. Changing tracks safely on a gravel road can only be performed at very low speed.
Should you loose control of the vehicle try and keep it from overturning. Never apply full brakes or attempt to over steer the vehicle back on track. Be on the lookout for potholes, sand risings and thicker gravel. In bright daylight most of these obstacles are only visible at very close range. A river, which is in flood, should never be crossed.
Overtaking maneuvers cause flying debris. Never overtake when the dust of the vehicle ahead clouds your vision. In very dusty conditions switch on your headlights for better visibility to other road users.

 

We at Namibia Car Hire wish you a pleasant and safe journey.

Your Namibia Car Hire team

 

 
Update: 16.11.2005 09:57
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