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26 January 2010
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TRANSPORT

 

Namibia has good local air links, with some European cities and many African states, although moving in the air is quite expensive.

 

By land or by car and by train,all links are excellent with South Africa.

 

The Trans-Namib Railway train company offers services that cover the whole country. The trains are very reliable and economical.

The bus service connecting Windhoek to Cape Town and Johannesburg, while the minibuses offer the service on the B1 from Oshakati to Keetmanshoop.

In the capital the only mean available is the taxi.

 

ROAD NETWORK

The road network is in good condition, then travel by car is very nice although we recommend great caution because the road you may encounter animals in the wild.

 

The road network consists of public roads totaling 64,808 kilometers, of which:

asphalte: 5378 kilometers

White: 59,430 kilometers

 

 

AIRPORTS

 

Namibia has two main airports, the airport in Windhoek and that of Eros.

 

 

Airport  of WINDHOEK

 

And the most important international airport in Namibia is quite far from the center, about 42 km east of the capital.

 

It is used almost exclusively for international flights. Domestic flights generally settle out of Eros, smaller and close to the city.

 

 

At the exit there is are the  availability  of various shifts: taxis and minibuses.

 

For parking, there are three different areas: for short term, long and medium long.

 

There are no hotels at the airport and it is not possible to deposit luggage.

 

In the arrivals hall  a general information desk is located ,there is a tourist information office, there are also two ATM machines and exchange offices.

 

The airport handles 400,000 passengers a year.

 

 

 

It is directly  connected with twice-weekly flights to the following airports: Frankfurt, London and

 

Monaco.

 

 

 

The main airlines are: Air France, Ethiopian Airlines, Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines.

 

 

 

Other information:

 

Degrees of latitude: 22 ° 28 '47 "S;

 

Degrees longitude: 17 ° 28 '15 "E;

 

Airstrips: 8 / 26 4673x45m, 16/34 1524x30m.

 

 

 

 

Airport EROS

 

Eros airport although smaller, is the busiest of Namibia in terms of takeoff and landing.

 

This city airport handles about 12,000 flights a year.

 

Its limits linked to the length of the runway, the noise and congestion of the airspace, have prevented the airport to increase its size.

 

 

PORTS

 

 

Walvis Bay (Walvisbaai in Afrikaans, Walfischbuch or Walfischbai in German) is a city

port of about 40,000 inhabitants in Namibia. It is located on the Atlantic Ocean, 30 km from Swakopmund, in the Bay.

 

Walvis Bay's economy revolves primarily around the port activities.

 

 

 

The port of Walvis Bay

 

It is equipped with an anchoring point for oil tankers, facilities for container handling and a dry dock.

 

The container terminal at the port of Walvis Bay can accommodate 380 slots for refrigerated containers with availability of 210.

 

The container terminal can accommodate about 150,000 containers a year, then several possibilities for development have been undertaken to facilitate the import and export of containers in this port.

 

Along the coast are also many salt shakers and a once prosperous industry also fish, decline in 80 years due to impoverishment of the fish.

 

 

CURRENCY

Namibian dollar. It is also used the South African rand.

 

 

 

TIMEZONE

UTC +1 hour ahead of the Greenwich meridian.

 

 

 

 

ELECTRICITY

220/240 volts, 50 Hz

 

 

 

 

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

Metric System

 

 

 

 

HEALTH RISKS

 

No compulsory vaccinations, however, are recommended: diphtheria and tetanus, hepatitis A virus, hepatitis B virus, typhoid, rabies, and polio.

 

Malaria is a risk all year round throughout the country.

 

 

Other risks: heat exhaustion, dysentery, cholera, schistosomiasis, bilharzia, dengue. Furthermore, AIDS is a serious problem.

 

 

TOURISM

 

 

There are various sights to see in Namibia and in particular: the deserts of the Kalahari and the Namib, the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei with the highest in the world, the Etosha National Park, where the desert environment that characterizes it most of years turns into a lake during the rainy season and shows to the nature lovers the big African animals, and the Skeleton Coast, named for the numerous shipwrecks that have stalled, and the Fish River Canyon, majestic and comparable to the Grand Canyon of the United States.

 

All this is Namibia, the old South West Africa today where blacks and whites live together peacefully and work side by side  for the development of this rich country.

 

 

 

 

CLIMATE

 

The climate is semi-arid and subtropical .

 

Namibia is a  very arid country.This dryness is mitigated by the summer rains ranging from November to March.

 

The warm temperatures during the summer are made pleasing to Windhoek from the current altitude and cold Benguela sea.

 

In the months ranging from June to August the temperature is very strong, with a range of temperatures ranging from 24 ° C in the hot hours at 0 ° C after sunset.

 

The hottest months are January and February (17-39 ° C monthly averages)

The coldest months are June and July (6-20 ° C monthly averages).

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE

 

English is the official language, although the white population speaks German and afrikaans.

The majority of the Namibian population speaks Oshiwambo, while among the younger generation the most widespread language is English.

 

German, Afrikaans and oshiwambo are recognized as regional languages.

 

The 87, 5% of the population is black and belonging to the Bantu and Khoisan language family.

 

 

 

 

RELIGION

 

The majority of the population are Christian, mostly Lutheran doctrine.

 

 

VISAS

No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days for  tourists.

 

You need a passport valid for not less than 6 months upon arrival in the country and a return air ticket or onward journey.

 

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