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Namibia

  • Getting there: Most international flights into Namibia arrive at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), 45 kilometres east of the capital.
  • Capital city: Windhoek.
  • Population: 2.503 million.
  • Religion: Christianity is the most widespread religion.
  • Language: English.
  • Currency: Namibian dollar (NAD), South African rand (ZAR).
  • Climate: Namibia's climate is generally very dry and being mostly desert has extremely hot days and cold nights. The rains start around December upto about March. The coolest months are July and August.
  • Transport: There is not much in the way of public transport except for say mini-buses between towns. Windhoek, instead of a bus service has taxis that operate on a schedule to transport people around town alongside the traditional metered taxis. Most of Namibia’s sights are off the beaten track so taking guided tours or safaris is probably best. For the intrepid, hiring a vehicle — preferably a four wheel drive as the terrain can be unforgiving — is possible.
  • Best time to travel: This depends on the experience. November to March is a great time for bird watching. April to May becomes increasingly dry, with blossoming greenery and crisp days without much dust. September and October are the best time for game-viewing, as parched animals gravitate to waterholes.
  • What to wear: Casual, comfortable clothes are essential. Lightweight, natural fabrics are best as they breathe and wash easy. Avoid bringing camouflage or military clothing as they are illegal. Furthermore, avoid blue and black clothing as the tsetse fly is attracted to these colours.
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