GENERAL INFORMATION ON NAMIBIA

Size: 825000 km
Population: 1.8 million
Ethnic groups: Ovambo, Kavango, Herero, Damara,  Whites, Nama, Coloureds, Caprivians,San, Rehoboth Basters, Tswana and others. Important is the unity in diversity : all are Namibians.
Languages: English is the official language.  Other languages that are spoken are Afrikaans and German, local languages such as Oshivambo, Otjiherero, Nama-Damara and many others.
Climate: In the southern, eastern and central areas day temperatures can range from 18 - 25C in winter, with cold nights and mornings (temperatures can drop below 0C).  In summer temperatures can go to 35C and sometimes higher.
Rainy season is from October/November until March/April.
In the coastal area temperatures range from 15C in winter to 25C in summer, but due to the influence of the cold Benguela current, the weather can vary (blue skies alternated with heavy fog).
The north-eastern part of the country has a subtropical climate, ranging from 26C in winter to over 40C in summer, with high humidity levels.
Currency: Namibian dollar. The South-African Rand is also accepted in Namibia (1 N$= R 1).
Master Card & Visa are generally accepted.  However petrol stations outside the main towns will only accept cash payments.
Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time +2 in summer (1st Sunday of September up to 1st Sunday of April)
GMT +1 in winter (1st Sunday of April up to 1st Sunday of September)
The Caprivi operates on the same time as South-Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe throughout the year.
Visa: Foreigners must have a valid passport of the country of citizenship and a valid visum where necessary.  The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended lenght of stay in Namibia.