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Namibia Namibia

Located in southern Africa on the Atlantic Ocean, Namibia is known for having some of the most spectacular landscapes on the continent. The country is an ecotourism hotspot, and many local establishments are designed to accommodate travellers. Because of its German influence, the country is also known for its Oktoberfest festivities.

Travel tips for Namibia

Canadians must present a passport that is valid for at least six months after their date of entry to Namibia. Proof of sufficient funds for your trip and a return ticket are also required to enter the country. Student and employment visas are required, but tourist and business visas are not required for stays of up to 90 days. Make sure that your visa is valid for the duration of your trip and that it is correctly dated when you enter the country.

Fraud is of particular concern in Namibia. Protect your credit and debit cards when you use them, and secure your personal identification and passport at all times. An international driving permit is recommended, but not required, if you plan to drive during your stay. Photography of government and military buildings is prohibited.

The currency is the Namibian dollar (NAD), but the South African rand is also accepted. Major credit cards and debit cards are accepted, and ABMs are available. The official language is English, but locals also speak German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Oshiwambo, among other indigenous languages.

May to October is regarded as the best time of the year to visit. During this time, there is less rain and the temperatures reach about 20°C.

Top tourist attractions in Namibia

Namibia is home to some of the most stunning natural attractions in all of Africa, and it is the site of one of the world’s oldest deserts meeting the Atlantic Ocean. From Fish River Canyon to the amazing wildlife in Etosha National Park and the granite that rises out of the desert, there are things you will only be able to see here.

Other great places to include on your travel itinerary are Kolmanskop, a ghost town in the Namib Desert; Skeleton Coast; Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage site with about 2,500 petroglyphs; Cape Cross, home to one of the largest colonies of Cape fur seals; Sossusvlei clay pan and sand dunes; and Caprivi Strip, home to a large elephant population.

Get travel insurance before you travel to Namibia

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General Namibia Canada
Continent: Africa
Population (2012): 2,259,393 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 824,292 9,984,670
Capital: Windhoek
Currency: Namibian dollar
Official language(s): English
Drive: Left
Diesel (2012): 1.31 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 1.24 1.23 (2013)

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