The Namibian population is estimated at 1.8 million. The indigenous population consists of ten ethnic groups of which the San - called 'Bushmen' by the Europeans - are regarded as the country's original inhabitants.
Public Holidays in Namibia 01 January (New Year's Day) 21 March (Independence Day) 01 May (Worker's Day) 04 May (Cassinga Day) 25 May (Africa Day) 26 August (Hero's Day) 10 December (Human Rights Day) 25 December (Christmas Day) 26 December (Family Day)
English and Afrikaans are the lingua francas, while German is also widely spoken throughout most parts of the country.
Since Independence, the Namibia Dollar (N$) has been the official currency, it is linked to the South African Rand.
DIRECTORATE OF TOURISM OFFICE
Bookings for Government-managed holiday camps and resorts can be made at the following address: Windhoek Independence Avenue Tel: +264 61 236 975 Fax: +264 61 224 900
RECOMMENDED CURRENCIES AND/OR METHODS OF PAYMENT
Namibian Dollars (N$) = South African Rand (ZAR) US Dollars and Travelers’ Cheques Euro and Travelers’ Cheques Direct Bank Transfers International Credit Cards
HEALTH AND VACCINATION REGULATIONS
Vaccination against yellow fever for travelers older than 12 months, who enter the country's possibly infected areas. Malaria prophylaxis including E+P is urgently recommended for travelers to rural areas in northern Namibia during the rainy season from November to May/June. Please consult your medical practitioner prior to your departure.
In Namibia, 220V plugs are most common. Three-pole plugs are fitted and the necessary adapter plugs can be obtained locally.
Please bear in mind that service staff members are usually dependent on tips. A 10% surcharge is the norm.
Summertime is from the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April and is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Wintertime is from the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in September and is one hour ahead on GMT.