Information about Namibia
Two and a half times the size of Germany with an exceptional climate, Namibia is ripe for discovery.
Called “Africa’s Diamond” and ‘land without horizon”, Namibia is unique. As a former German colony in south west Africa, it is a fascinating country for the visitor with its mysterious landscapes, changing scenery, wondrous plant and wildlife and a diversity of people that make Namibia attractive for safari in Africa
Brief History of Namibia
By 1300 BC, Bushmen were roaming over South West Africa. Because of its rugged coastal terrain, discovery by the outside world was delayed. The first colonies of the Herero people were founded in about 1600. In 1882, a merchant from Bremen acquired land near Lüderitz, beginning the German colonization of Namibia, which ended with WW1. It became an administrative protectorate of South Africa gaining its independence on 21st March 1990, after more than a century of foreign rule.
About the Namibian people
Diverse as the landscape of Namibia is, so too is the culture of the people. It is a tapestry of languages and traditions with much interweaving. While English is the official language, Afrikaans, German and the more than 11 local languages are spoken.
Travelling to Namibia
Air Namibia and Air Berlin fly several times a week non-stop Frankfurt-Windhoek-Frankfurt or via Johannesburg. South African Airways, and British Airways fly daily from London to Johannesburg. Regional connections between Namibia and its neighboring countries are good, making travel to other cities uncomplicated. The flight time between Frankfurt and Windhoek is approximately 9 hours. Namibia is one hour in advance of western European time. All guests at Leopard Lodge will be personally collected at Windhoek Airport, which is only 1 hours journey away.
What you need to know when traveling to Namibia
Beverages can be purchased from the "Bottle Stores" (or Afrikaans "Drankwinkel"). Wine and beer are available at supermarkets and at most National Park foodstores. Namibia brews a beer of its own in Windhoek and Swakopmund, and complies with German purity standards. The wine is...
The AAN Automobile Association of Namibia is part of the international AA. You can, for example, acquire maps from them, if you produce your membership card from your home country...
In Namibia, wild camping is neither permitted nor, for safety reasons, recommendable. If you would like to camp on private farm ground, ask the owners permission. Nowadays a good number of camping grounds is available..
Usually quite expensive in Namibia because of the high insurance premiums the Namibian car rental agencies have to pay due to the high number of claims. All big rental companies, like Hertz, Avis and Budget, are represented in the country..
The tap water in Namibia is clean, good and drinkable, unless otherwise stated by the accommodation venue. When driving to remote areas, one should always take lots of bottled water along. Mineral water and ice for cooling are available at most petrol station and in shops.
Brief Facts About NamibiaGeography - note: Namibia was the first country in the world to incorporate the protection of the environment into its constitution; some 14% of the land is protected, including virtually the entire Namib Desert coastal strip.
Main cities:Keetmanshoop, Otjiwarongo, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay
Capital: Windhoek; population: 342,000 (2009)
Geographic coordinates: 22 00 S, 17 00 E
Population: 2,147,585 (July 2011 est.)
Currency: Namibia Dollar, South African Rand also accepted.
Location: Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and South Africa.
Border countries: Angola (N) 1,376 km, Botswana (E) 1,360 km, South Africa (S) 967 km, Zambia(NE) 233 km
Telephone system: (general assessment) good system; core fiber-optic network links most centers and connections are now digital. Multiple mobile-cellular providers. Country code - 264;
Read more about Namibia on the CIA World fact book.