Namibia: travel information, climate, documents
Namibia trip, all you need to know, geography, climate, documents, when to go and how to get in this African state.
Namibia in brief
- Capital: Windhoek
- Surface area in square kilometers: 825.418
- Population: 2,171,137
- Religion: mostly Christian, mostly Lutheran
Where is Namibia
Namibia, southwestern African state, faces west over the Atlantic Ocean, bordered to the north with Angola, south and south-east with South Africa, to the east with Botswana, while in the north-east, with an extension of the area of said finger Caprivi, he reaches Zimbabwe, narrow north between Angola and Zambia, Botswana and South. The territory of Namibia, which has a structure largely tabular, the center is occupied by a vast plateau, whose altitude is between 1,000 and 2,000 meters above sea level, but in some cases as the highest elevations. The complex tabular west end with a raised rim that goes down through a steep slope towards the Namib Desert, before meeting the Atlantic Ocean and on the east slopes gently toward the Kalahari desert. On the northwestern edge is the Brandberg Mountain, which with the highest point, the peak Koenigstein, reaches its maximum altitude of the country (2573 m.). The massive almost circular contains numerous graffiti and cave paintings, which are mostly hunting scenes, animals and warriors armed with bows and arrows, made at various times by the people of the Bushmen. The graffiti is the most famous “White Lady”. The territory of Namibia offers very picturesque landscapes of deserts and ancient dunes towering spectacular parks populated by a wide variety of animals, such as the Etosha National Park, to the arid, deeply furrowed by rivers have disappeared, as the Fish River , a canyon where once scorrevvano abundant waters, located in the southern part of the country.
Namibia is scarce waterways. The only perennial rivers lie along the country’s borders, in the far north and far south.
The climate in Namibia is generally arid. The coastal strip, where the Namib Desert, is characterized not only by low rainfall, the cold ocean current of Benguela, responsible for the formation of mist from the sea invades the mainland, bringing humidity and encouraging the survival of fauna and a flora composed mainly of endemic species that have adapted to this very hostile environment. The area of the central highlands has a dry tropical climate, temperatures are high, especially in the summer and there is a wide daily temperature variation, especially in winter. As it regards the rains occur in summer, from the end of October to the beginning of March, but can sometimes be scarce. The wettest area is the “Caprivi Strip”, in the northeast of the country.
Most of the population belongs to the Bantu ethnic group.
UTC/GMT +1 hour
English is the official language of Namibia.
Namibia has good prospects for development, as it has a subsoil rich in minerals, is among the top world producers of diamonds and uranium, it has many environmental resources that promote tourism. Unfortunately, the wealth is distributed unevenly, the majority of the population lives in poverty and is dedicated to agriculture and subsistence farming, using the few fertile land because of the arid climate of the country.
When you go to Namibia
The best time to visit Namibia is during winter season from May to October.
A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in the country, and
a valid return ticket.
Visas is required only for travelers from some number of countries.
Calling Code is 00264
Supply electricity: 220 V 50 Hz.
The Namibian Dollar is the official currency of Namibia.