Namibia is a country in Southern Africa and borders Angola in the north, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia to the east and South Africa in the south. The western border of the country is the cold South Atlantic. Namibia is over 825.000 km² with an estimated population of 2,36 million (January 2018 est.). Its capital is Windhoek which is also Namibia’s largest city; the second largest is Rundu on the border to Angola.
Until the end of the First World War Namibia was a German colony called Deutsch-Südwestafrika (DSWA), then for 70 years as Südwestafrika (SWA) a UN-terrorism administered by the mandate holder South Africa. Southwest Africa achieved its independence in 1990 with the official designation Namibia.
Namibia is one of the continent’s most visited countries due to its unique geography and wildlife and is an ideal destination for safaris.
Namibia´s biggest National Parks
- Etosha National Park
- Waterberg Plateau Park
- Skeleton Coast National Park
- Namib Naukluft National Park
- Ais-Ais Richtersveld Park with the Fish River Canyon
The capital of the country
Windhoek (the Largest), Rundu, Walfischbucht, Oshakati, Swakopmund, Katima Mulilo, Grootfontein
Rainfall is very rare in the west of the country. The coastal climate is determined by the cold Benguela current. It regularly provides dense fog. The temperatures are pleasantly cool in summer, while during the winter months it can get very cold even during the day.
In the Namib Desert, it is very warm all year round. Even in winter, it is 25 degrees during the day. In the hottest months, December and January, it is over 40 degrees, while in the coldest months, July and August, it can drop to 0 degrees at night. During the day, however, temperatures return to around 25 degrees.
The inland highlands are generally more humid. It is characterized by hot summers and mild winters. The average temperature in July is 13 degrees. At the beginning of the rainy season, it has an average of 23 degrees.
The Caprivi Strip is characterized by a hot and humid climate. The humidity is very high.
The rainy season in Namibia is between December and March. Here you have to expect short and heavy rainfalls. The rest of the year is mostly dry. The rainfalls are from the southwest with 20 – 50 mm per year towards northeast with up to 800 mm per year in the Caprivi Strip more and more frequent.
There is no visa requirement for tourists if the length of stay of 90 days is not exceeded from the following countries: The passport must only be valid for six months beyond the date of return.
Angola, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Lichtenstein, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Macau, Malawi, Moldova, Mozambique, New Zeeland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
All other nationalities should consult the relevant embassy.