Namibia - Harnas Wildlife Foundation


Namibia is a country in Southern Africa whose Western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the North, Botswana to the East and South Africa to the South and East. Although it does not border Zimbabwe, less than 200 metres of riverbed (essentially the Zambia/Botswana border) separates them at their closest points. Namibia gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990.

Namibia has a population of 2.3 million people and a stable multi party parliamentary democracy. Agriculture, herding, tourism and the mining industry, including mining for gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver and base metals form the basis of Namibia's economy. Given the presence of the arid Namib Desert, it is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Namibia enjoys high political, economic and social stability.

At 825,615 km2 (318,772 sq. mi), Namibia is the world's thirty-fourth largest country. It lies mostly between latitudes 17° and 29°S (a small area is north of 17°), and longitudes 11° and 26°E.

The cost of living in Namibia is relatively high because most of the goods, including cereals, need to be imported. Business monopoly in some sectors causes higher profit bookings and further rising of prices. Its capital city, Windhoek, is currently ranked as the 150th most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live.

Namibia has a semi-desert climate, with very hot summers and mild winters, although temperatures tend to drop below freezing point at night. On average, Namibia has about 300 days of sunshine. Summer is from October to April. Temperatures can reach 40°C and plummet at night to cool levels. Average daily temperatures range from 20 to 34° C. Rainfall usually occurs between November and March, when heavy thunderstorms can be expected. Winter is from May to September with wonderful warm days that are contrasted by very cold nights, when temperatures often drop below freezing point. Remember to bring warm clothing and a sleeping bag. Average temperatures range from 6°C to 21°C. The most popular time to travel to Namibia is between March and October, when rainfall is lowest and temperatures are mild.

Some general Africa and Harnas tips:

Namibia is a mostly peaceful and friendly country. Even so, there are certain things you should remember when traveling in general.
• Do not flash your cash. Carry your cash on-body while you are traveling. Tourists are easy targets, beware.
• Support local initiatives by buying handcrafts rather than giving money to beggars. Bargain fairly and with respect for the seller.
• Namibia is quite big and distances are vast. Traveling between Windhoek and Harnas takes a long time.
• It is safe to drink the tap water at Harnas.
• Our sun is very hot, please remember to bring sun protection and a hat.
• If you are a smoker, please take your butts with you and dispose of them in a proper bin. Do not litter and spoil our beautiful country.
• Leave a copy of your personal documentation in a safe place.
• Make sure all your transit visas and travel arrangements are correct.
• Exchange at least some of your money into Namibian Dollars, you will need this to buy something to drink and eat while you wait to be transferred.
• Harnas has credit card facilities and accepts VISA and Master cards.
• Harnas is known to be malaria free, however malaria does occur in certain parts of Namibia. It is at your own discretion should you wish to take malaria medication while on Harnas but we strongly advise to take malaria medication if you plan to travel to the far North of Namibia or to any of the Northern bordering countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola, before or after your stay at Harnas.




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