Major cities:
Windhoek (capital)
Overland Journeys:
The Great African Journey, Southern Africa Overland
Etosha National ParkSossusvlei and Sesriem CanyonDamaralandFish River CanyonSwakopmundCheetah Park / Otjiwarongwe

Namibia is a country of breathtaking natural scenery. From huge deserts and sand dunes to mountains, vast salt pans to dramatic canyons, it is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa and indeed the world. There is also excellent wildlife viewing, particularly in Etosha National Park and an historical and cultural legacy ranging from ancient rock paintings to recent German colonisation. And if thatís not enough excitement you can also sky dive or race down dunes on a sand board or quad bike in Swakopmund.

- Explore in depth highlights of Namibia

- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 2

Essential information for travelling to Namibia is shown below. For additional details on tours, guidebooks, vaccinations and health issues and visas, please follow the links on the menu bar above.

Travel Information
Time zone:GMT +1 (West Africa time)
Daylight savings:GMT +1hr, begins first Sunday in September; ends first Sunday in April
Main languages:English, Afrikaans
Other languages:German, Oshivambo, Herero, Nama
Currency: Namibian dollars (NAD)

1 = N$14.90, $1 = N$10.74, £1 = N$17.96

(rates as of Mar 2014)

Internet Domain:.naInternational Dialling Code:    264
Travel advice:There are currently no travel warnings from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for Namibia - FCO travel advice for Namibia

For help planning your trip to Namibia including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Namibia trip planning page.

Map of namibia

Namibia geographical data

Total area: 825,418 sq km (0 sq km under water)

Coastline: 1,572 km (Atlantic Ocean)

Neighbours (border lengths): Angola (1,376km), Botswana (1,360km), South Africa (967km), Zambia (233km)

Climate: Hot, dry desert climate with sparse rainfall. Temperatures lower along coast due to ocean current. Light summer rains occur in January and February. The animal migration in Etosha National Park takes place between June and November.

Highest mountain: Konigstein (2,606m)

Background information on Namibia

Learn more about Namibia with the information on the country below - stats and data on the country's population and economy and an assessment of its status on freedom and rights.

Key data, Stats & LinksFreedom & Rights

Status: Independent Country
Full name: Republic of Namibia

Population: 2,165,828 (rank: 140/196)
Population density: 2.6 people/sq km (rank: 195/196)

Ethnic groups: black 87.5%, white 6%, mixed 6.5%. note: about 50% of the population belong to the Ovambo tribe and 9% to the Kavangos tribe; other ethnic groups include Herero 7%, Damara 7%, Nama 5%, Caprivian 4%, Bushmen 3%, Baster 2%, Tswana 0.5%
Religions: Christian 80% to 90% (Lutheran 50% at least), indigenous beliefs 10% to 20%

GDP (PPP): $15.93 billion
GDP per capita: $7,500 (rank: 103/194)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook
Other country profiles: BBC, FCO

Summary status and rankings for Namibia from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFlawed democracy 68/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 84/179
Press FreedomGood situation 20/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 58/174
Overall Rank67/195

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