Namibia Time Zone: Summer time: GMT + 2 hours
from the 1st Sunday in September to the 1st Sunday in April
Winter time: GMT + 1 hour from the 1st Sunday in April to the 1st
Sunday in September
Namibia Official Languages: English is the official
language of Namibia, German and Afrikaans are also widely spoken.
There are a number of other languages spoken within the different
Namibian cultures - see Namibian History and Culture for more information.
Namibia Power Supply: Mostly 220 volts AC, 50Hz.
Plugs are generally of the round three-pin type.
Money and currency in Namibia:The currency is
the Namibian Dollar which is pegged to the South African Rand -
which means it holds the same value as the Rand.
There are plenty ATM - cash machines - in all the
main towns: Windhoek, Katima, Swakopmund, Keetmanshoop, Luderitz,
Otjiwarongo, Gobabis and Rundu.
Credit cards are also widely accepted although
occasionally there is a service fee, and be aware your credit card
provider may have an addition fee.
Travellers cheques can be cashed in the main banks
in Windhoek you will need original proof of purchase and passport,
fees vary and can be quite steep.
Religion in Namibia:
International Dialling code for Namibia: +264
Direct dialing facilities to most countries worldwide
Mobile phone network:
Mobile telephone roaming agreements exist with most international
mobile phone operators. Coverage is limited to urban areas.
There are Internet cafes situated throughout the country.
Windhoek offers a selection of fashionable shops. Local crafts can
be bought in some specialised shops, as well as at the Windhoek
Street Market, held every second Saturday.
Craft / souvineer shopping
Good buys include diamonds and semi-precious stones, Herero dolls,
hand-carved wooden objects, jewellery, karosse rugs, liqueur and
chocolates made in Windhoek and Swakara garments.
Shopping hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1700, Sat 0900-1300.
Some bigger supermarkets are also open Sun 1100-1300 and 1600-1900.
Craft vendors sell their goods every day of the week.