Namibia a vast mainly desert country on the west coast of Southern Africa. Namibias has many attractions for the visitor including beautiful open landscapes, two deserts the Namib Desert and Kalahari Desert both wonderful vistas of nature complete with wildlife, flora, fauna and local tribes, Swakopmund the action centre of Namibia offering sky diving, sand boarding, pleasure flights and more, Etosha Park the amazing national park with night lit waterholes and great flat plains populated with large numbers of African animals and birds, Koakoveld and Damaraland remote and barely habited, Brandberg and Spitzkoppe Namibias mountains and there is even Delta in the Okavango reigion in the north of Namibia. All this and more awaits you.

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Namibia Time, Language, Electricity, Phones, Money

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.