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Travelling through Southern Africa, in Namibia, officially known as, the Republic of Namibia, the country borders the Atlantic Ocean and shares the land borders with Zambia and Angola as well as Botswana. Namibia is the driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa and has a population of 2.6 million people, with a stable multi-party parliamentary democracy.
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Agriculture, herding, tourism and the mining industry support the economy in the country – this includes the mining of gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver and base metals. As the country is situated between the Namib and the Kalahari deserts, Namibia luckily receives the least rainfall of any country in sub-Saharan Africa, making for a mostly warm-weathered, comfortable vacation.
The Kalahari Desert, an arid region that extends into South Africa and Botswana, is one of Namibia's well-known and awe-inspiring geographical features, considered a must-see. The Kalahari, while popularly known simply as a desert, has a variety of localized environmental types, including some lush countryside areas and are overall deemed to be “non desert like”.
One of the few countries in the world to specifically address conservation and protection practices of the country’s natural resources, Namibia offers guests and travellers options to stay at several lodges and reserves as to accommodate eco-tourists and continue with the country’s efforts in keeping the protection of the environment a top priority. The most visited places in Namibia includes its capital city of Windhoek as well as the Caprivi Strip, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei and the country’s coastal towns of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Lüderitz. In particular, the capital city of Windhoek plays an important role in Namibia's overall tourism due to its central location and close proximity to the country’s international airport.
Extreme sports such as sand-boarding as well as skydiving have become popular and many businesses throughout will offer tour operations in those categories for activities and adventure. Other activities include Namibia’s most popular sport: football.
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Home to one of the largest cheetah populations, Namibia is an experience like no other. Travel to one of the many National Parks including Etosha where the salt pan draws game including rhinos and giraffes. Set foot in the mysterious Dead Vlei surrounded by massive red sand dunes and trees over 1000 years old. Book your incredible trip today.
Namibia’s climate is mostly of a subtropical dessert-like climate with two distinct seasons; a wet season, also known as the summer (between November to April) and from May to October is the country’s winter, characterized with cooler, drier conditions and very little rainfall.
Canadians can enjoy safe travels year-round in Namibia. The (UV) sunrays can be very strong and can cause a burn, even on a cloudy day. As well, make well-informed decisions, take necessary precautions as you would with travel anywhere else, have copies on-hand of your important documents.
No special immunizations or vaccinations are required to visit New Zealand. However, it is recommended that you check with your family doctor or a travel clinic a few weeks before you travel. Medicine brought into New Zealand for personal use is subject to controls and must be declared on your arrival. It is recommended you bring a prescription or letter from your doctor.
Currency & Customs
The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar. There are ATMs in major towns throughout the country and Visa and MasterCard is often widely accepted. Your passport must be valid, or should not expire, for at least 6 months past the date of your return. You would need an entry visa if you are visiting for business purposes.
The electrical current for Namibia is 220 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust.
The main spoken language in Namibia is English. There are over 11 indigenous languages spoken throughout the country, which includes Oshiwambo, Nama/Damara, Afrikaans and Kavango.