Namibia Travel Facts

By | May 18, 2022

Namibia is located in southwest Africa, bordering Angola , Botswana and South Africa . Characterized by the Namib desert along the Atlantic coast and a diverse range of wildlife, the country is an attractive travel destination for Africa fans. Numerous national parks and exciting landscapes quickly captivate visitors.

Capital City Windhoek
Size 824,116 km²
Resident 2,324,388
Official Language English etc
Currency Namibia Dollar
Time Zone UTC+2
Telephone Area Code +264

Source: Destination Explorer

Fast facts to know

  • Namibia is one of the most beautiful and pleasant travel destinations in Africa.
  • The country is strongly influenced by the German colonial rule.
  • In Namibia there are breathtaking, wide landscapes.
  • 80% of Namibia’s area is desert.
  • At 43 million years old, the Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world.
  • Namibia is also often referred to as the rainbow state due to its many ethnic groups.
  • The mix of African culture and European influences is unique in the world.
  • Weather and landscape are strongly influenced by the low amounts of precipitation.
  • Namibia is home to the largest cheetah population in the world.
  • 80% of the inhabitants are Christians.
  • A passport valid for at least 6 months is required for entry.
  • Less than 2 million people live on the huge area of ​​over 800,000 km².
  • The careful treatment of nature and the preservation of wildlife are anchored in the constitution.
  • Great value is placed on “gentle” tourism.
  • Traffic drives on the left in Namibia.
  • Many shops close between 1pm and 2pm and are only open until 5pm.
  • With 1.5 million members, the Ovambo are the largest tribe in Namibia.

Exciting cities in Namibia

  • windhoek
  • Swakopmund
  • Luderitz
  • Walvis Bay
  • Keetmanshoop
  • round
  • Opuwo

History of Namibia

  • Settled probably 2000 to 2500 years ago by the immigrated San.
  • Discovered by the Portuguese for Europe in the 15th century.
  • In the 19th century, European settlers began to immigrate – mainly from Portugal, England and the German-speaking area.
  • In 1884/85 almost the entire country came under the rule of the German Reich and became the colony of German South West Africa.
  • Conflicts follow between the representatives of German colonial rule and the Herero.
  • 1904 and 1908 Herero and Nama uprisings lead to the annihilation of tens of thousands of Herero and Nama.
  • Taken by British troops from South Africa during World War I.
  • Subsequently handed over to the administration of the South African Union as a mandate area and occupied by them until 1990.
  • Decades of asymmetric war against domestic and foreign opponents of apartheid and liberation movements in Namibia and Angola.
  • Independent, democratic state since 1990 after more than 100 years of foreign rule.

Climate & travel weather in Namibia

  • High, daily and seasonally fluctuating temperatures.
  • Hardly any precipitation in the west.
  • Namib desert: very warm all year round.
  • Inland highlands: generally wetter, hot summers, mild winters.
  • Caprivi Strip: Periodically humid tropics, hot, humid climate.
  • Main rainy season: December and March.
  • Recommended travel time:
    • April, May and August to October.
    • Wildlife Viewing: June to October.
    • Whale sightings: July and November.

Ideas for trips in Namibia

  • Kolmanskop ghost town.
  • Visit Living Museum.
  • take a boat tour.
  • Go on Big Five Safari.
  • enjoy the starry sky.
  • Find centuries-old desert plant Welwitschia Mirabilis.
  • Vingerklip.
  • Spitzkoppe.
  • go on a desert tour.
  • Duwisib Castle.
  • Sandwich Harbour.
  • Marvel at the Hoba meteorite.
  • Find Bogenfels.
  • Skeleton Coast National Park.

Eating & drinking in Namibia

  • Based on influences from different ethnic groups in the country, South African and German cuisine.
  • Staple cornmeal in the form of pap (“polenta”).
  • Most dishes are based on meat.
  • Popular types of meat: beef, lamb, antelope, zebra, ostrich, crocodile.
  • Liked to eat: biltong (dried meat), droewors (dried sausage), boerewors (farmer’s sausage) and smoked meat (smoked game meat).
  • Vegetarian dishes are not widespread.
  • Fruit and vegetables play no role in large parts of the country.
  • Herbs and spices used liberally.
  • Liked to drink: Rooibos tea.
  • In coastal regions there are many fish restaurants.
  • Water is often contaminated, it is better to only drink it from filled bottles.
  • Good beers due to the German Purity Law.
  • First class South African red and white wines.
  • Typical dishes:
    • Omagungu (fried mopane caterpillars).
    • Oshiwambo chicken.
    • Bobotjie (stew with lots of meat, millet, potatoes, root vegetables).
    • Omajova (mushrooms that grow on termite mounds during the rainy season).

Particularly scenic

  • Etosha National Park
  • Namib-Naukluft National Park
  • Mudumu National Park
  • Khaudum National Park
  • Twyfelfontein Valley
  • Sossusvlei and Deadvlei dune landscape
  • Camel thorn trees in Deadvlei
  • Fish River Canyon (second largest canyon in the world)
  • Ruacana and Epupa Falls
  • Kalahari desert

Namibia Travel Facts