Fast Facts: Namibia
Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
What is the weather like?
Namibia has more than 300 days of sunshine per year. It is situated at the southern edge of the tropics; the Tropic of Capricorn cuts the country in half. The winter which lasts between June and August is generally dry. Both rainy seasons occur in the summer. The small rainy season begins in September and ends in November. The big rainy season occurs between February and April. Humidity is low, and average rainfall varies from almost zero in the coastal desert to more that 600 mm in the Caprivi Strip. Rainfall is however highly variable, and droughts are common.
Weather and climate in the coastal area are dominated by the cold, north-flowing Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean which accounts for very low precipitation, frequent dense fog, and overall lower temperatures than in the rest of the country. In Winter, occasionally a condition known as Bergwind or Oosweer occurs. This is a hot dry wind blowing from the inland to the coast. As the area behind the coast is a desert, these winds can develop into sand storms with sand deposits in the Atlantic Ocean visible on satellite images.
The Central Plateau and Kalahari areas have daily temperature ranging up to 86° F.
Check out the current weather conditions in Namibia.
What is required for entry?
See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to Namibia.
Are there any health precautions I should take?
The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (NAD). The South African Rand is also legal tender in Namibia though change will be given in Namibian Dollars. Please review the current exchange rate for the NAD.
What are the best items to shop for?
In Namibia, you may find a wide variety of souvenirs to shop for. Some of the more common objects bought here are woven mats and baskets, hand-carved wooden objects, gemstones, bows and arrows, and leather pouches. The traditional medallion worn by the women of the Ovamban tribe, known as epikas, are very popular soucenirs. These medallions are typically made from vegetable ivory and the fruit of the makalani palm. Another item of interest is the ostrich egg. which is typically drained, painted, and decorated in extravagant detail.
What are the voltage requirements?
220/240 volts, 50 HZ.
Plug M. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter
in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal
adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.
Can I take my cell phone?