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
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
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 20-25°C throughout
the country except in the central highlands and on the coast, where
they are just below 20 °C and just above 15°C 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 31-33°C in the west and the
central highlands, 33-35°C in the north and 34->40°C 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 9-10°C on the
coast, 4-9°C in the north, 2-3°C in the central highlands and 2-6°C
in the south.
forecast for Windhoek
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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$
Trophy hunters are required to obtain a temporary import permit for
there rifles on entry. The importation of handguns is prohibited.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
drive faster than the prescribed 70 km/h and ensure that both
hands are on the steering wheel.
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.
at Namibia Car Hire wish you a pleasant and safe journey.
Namibia Car Hire team