Namibia is the jewel of Africa. The greatness of its landscape, the far distant horizon and the gigantic, uninterrupted space that unfolds before the astonished eyes of the traveller comprises one of those visual impacts that are never forgotten. Namibia is located between the Atlantic ocean, the Republic of South Africa, Botswana and Angola. It has a warm, dry climate, with temperatures ranging between 10°C and 30°C. Its population is made up of different ethnic groups, predominantly Ovambo and Herero.
Its history, like that of other African peoples, has been subject to European colonization in the 19th century mainly by Germany. This has left its mark on these lands, in the architecture of its buildings and in the customs of its people so that today, everyday life in Namibia is highly ordered; peaceful coexistence and scarce social conflict are the main characteristics of the population, as is seen by all visitors when they arrive.
Namibia is currently seen as an essential destination for lovers of ecotourism - not only because of its landscapes and different climates but also because of the wide variety of its fauna, from all kinds of antelopes, large mammals, birds and reptiles, to the crowded seal colonies that populate the Atlantic coast.
No vaccination required unless you are visiting the north of the country. Visas are not required for EU citizens; you only need a passport valid during your visit and six months thereafter. You can fly direct from several European capitals to Windhoek, or via Johannesburg to Walvis Bay.
British High Commission
PO Box 22202 116
Robert Mugabe Avenue
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Switchboard: (264) (61) 274800
Phone: (264) (61) 274800
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The British High Commission answer machine (+264 61 274800) gives an emergency contact number which redirects straight through to the Foreign Office's Global Response Centre in London. Calls are charged at local call rates.