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Namibia Endless Horizons
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General
Surface area: 824 268km
Capital: Windhoek
Independence: 21 March 1990
Current president: Hifikepunye Pohamba
Multiparty Parliament
Democratic Constitution
Division of power between executive, legislative and judiciary
Secular state-freedom of religion (90% Christian)
Freedom of the press/media


Environment
Nature reserves, 15% of surface area
Highest mountain: Brandberg
Other prominent mountains: Spitzkoppe, Moltkeblick, Gamsberg
Perennial rivers: Orange, Kunene, Okavango, Zambezi and Kwando/Linyanti/Chobe
Ephemeral rivers: Numerous, including Fish, Kuiseb, Swakop and Ugab

Flora
14 vegetation zones
120 species of trees
200 endemic plant species
100 plus species of lichen
Living fossil plant: Welwitschia mirabilis

Economy
Main sectors: Mining, Fishing, Tourism & Agriculture
Biggest employer: Agriculture (46%)
Fastest-growing sector: Tourism
Mining: Diamonds, Uranium, Copper, Lead, Zinc, Magnesium, cadmium, arsenic, pyrites, silver and gold, lithium minerals, dimensions stones (granite, marble, blue sodalite) and many semi-precious stones.

Physical infrastructure
5 450 km tarred roads, 37 000 km gravel roads
Harbours: Walvis Bay, Luderitz
Main Airports: Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros Airport, 46 airstrips
Rail network: 2 382 km narrow gauge
6.2 telephone lines per 100 inhabitants
Direct-dialling facilities to 221 countries
Mobile communication system: GSM
Agreement with 117 countries/255 networks
Postal Service affiliated to Universal Postal Union

Social infrastructure
One medical doctor per 3 650 people
Two privately run hospitals in Windhoek with intensive-care units
Medical practitioners (world standard)
24-hour medical emergency services

Population
2.1 million
Density: 2.2 per km
240 000 inhabitants in Windhoek (15% of total)
Official language: English
13 regions, 13 ethnic cultures
16 languages and dialects
Adult literacy rate: 85%
Population growth rate: 2.6%
Schools: 1 450


Fauna
Big game: Elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, giraffe
20 antelope species
240 mammal species (14 endemic)
250 reptile species
50 frog species
676 bird species
Endemic birds include Herero Chat, Rockrunner, Damara Tern, Monteiro’s Hornbill


Foreign representation
More than 50 countries have Namibian consular or embassy representation in Windhoek. For information, contact Ministry of Information and Communication Technology-Tel (+264 61) 282 9111

Tax and customs
All goods and services are priced to include value-added tax of 15%. Visitors may reclaim VT. Enquiries: Ministry of Finance – Tel (+264 61)23 0773 in Windhoek

Climate in degree Celsius
Feb 16-30 60-86 F
Apr 13-29 65-84 F
June 7-22 45-72 F
Aug 9-24 48-75 F
Oct 12-30 54-86 F
Dec 16-30 61-86 F

Money matters
The Namibian dollar (N$) is fixed to and equal the SA rand. The South African rand is also legal tender. Traveller’s cheques, foreign currency, International Visa, Master Card, American Express and Diners Club credit cards are accepted.


Drinking water
Most tap water is purified and safe to drink.
Visitors should exercise caution in rural areas.

Transport
Public transport is NOT available to all destinations in Namibia. There are bus services from Windhoek-Cape Town/Johannesburg/Vic Falls/Swakopmund. Namibia’s main railway line runs from the South African border, connecting Windhoek to Swakopmund in the west and Tsumeb in the north. There is an extensive network of international and regional flights from Windhoek. Domestic charters to all destinations.

     
 

 

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