About Namibia and the Namib Desert
Namibia is a big country (824 000 square km) with a small population (2,4 million)
Capital is Windhoek (pop 380 000), International Airport is Hosea Kutako
Currency is Namibia dollars, equal to and linked to South African Rand and can be used interchangeably. There is a bureau de change at the Airport, both Visa and Master Card can be used in most places in cities and larger towns.
Time Zone: Central African Time/GMT +2
Climate: Much of the country has very low average rainfall (when it does rain its between Oct and April) temperatures vary hugely seasonally and geographically – coastal areas much cooler than inland, often subject to fog (10 – 20 degrees Celsius). Day and night temperatures, particularly in winter, vary dramatically (below zero to 30’s). April and October are generally, but not always, hotter than the other months we ride in, although east winds in winter can warm things up considerably. Weather in a desert is always highly variable and unpredictable – come prepared to all weathers – layering is key to living in a desert. Visit this uncannily accurate weather website