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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 that’s 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.

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

1 = N$16.22, $1 = N$0.00, £1 = N$19.33

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.naInternational Dialling Code:    264

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

Further information on Namibia

Discover more about Namibia - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of namibia

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)

Freedom & Rights

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

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFlawed democracy 73/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 93/179
Press FreedomSatisfactory situation 17/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 55/174
Overall Ranking:    71/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Namibia     Status: Independent Country

Population: 2,198,406 (rank: 139/196)     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): $17.79 billion       GDP per capita: $8,200 (rank: 106/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.