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Namibia Information

Population: 1,8 Million

Time Zone: GMT+2 from 1st Sunday in September to 1st Sunday o

Driving side: Left hand side of the road

Languages: English is the official language, Afrikaans is the

Religion: Protestant

Emergency #: Ambulance 2032276
Fire 2032270
Police 1011

Namibia Popular Destinations

Etosha National Park - This famous wildlife park is open throughout the year and has accommodation ranging from luxury bungalows to simple camping, depending on how close you want to get to Mother Nature. Within the park there are three main camps or resorts; Okaukuejo, the main camp, and Namutoni and Halali which are 70km away. Spend magical African evenings watching zebra, gnu and antelope at the floodlite waterholes as they come to slake their thirst and wallow in the water. Latecomer herds of elephant emerge from the dusty distance and pick up speed as they smell the water; all dignity forgotten as they dash the last few meters to the waterhole. You will be in for a treat if the lions join the party and occasionally a gangly giraffe or lissome leopard may make an appearance.

Kolmanskop - Take a guided tour around this interesting ghost town, just outside the town of Luderitz. Once the centre of a booming diamond rush, this town had all the latest modern conveniences shipped out from Germany so that the residents could live in the lap of luxury. Hard to believe that from 1908 this town was a hive of feverish mining activity, as people made fortunes from the diamond rich earth. All moved on however when even better prospects were discovered in Kimberley, South Africa.

Ai - Ais Hot Springs - Relax and get ride of the dust in this natural spring resort. There are outdoor pools and indoor natural springs that are supposed to have healing properties. The powerful jets possitioned around the bathing area are great for tired shoulder and back muscles. The springs are on the fringe of the Fish River Canyon, the sheer cliffs turn to burnt orange during sunrise and are a spectacular backdrop to the treed camping area. Ai Ais is open during winter as no-one wants a warm soak in the scorching Namibian summer!

Moving Around Namibia

There are long stretches of road between towns so make sure that you take sufficient breaks when travelling. Petrol stations are on average around 250km apart so fill up whenever possible and plan your trip with this in mind. Always have enough water when on the road as this is desert country. The main roads are tarred but most of the smaller roads are gravel and any recent extreme weather does take its toll. Road signs are basic and sparse so keep a good look out for that turn off- if you miss it, it could cost you hours of travelling time. Try to restrict driving to daytime or keep your brights on if there is no oncoming traffic as wild and domestic animals are particularly active after sunset and at sunrise. Nambia has two harbours, Luderitz and Walvis Bay and there are eleven airports across Namibia.

National festival and holidays

1 January - New Year
21 March Independence Day
April Good Friday
1 May Workers Day
4 May Cassinga Day
21 May Ascension Day
25 May Africa
26 August Hero Day
10 December Human Rights Day
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Family Day

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