Far-flung… this is as good a term to describe Namibia as you’re going to get. Weighing in at a colossal 824 269km² in size, this is a country where distance becomes a fluid concept, with endless horizons and sweltering skies unfolding in all directions.

Visitors who explore beyond the muddy roil of the Orange River border will soon find there is a lot more to Namibia than arid plains and ochre dunes. The landscape constitutes the oldest desert on Planet Earth, while the country itself brims with colonial towns, diverse ecosystems, endless beaches and teeming nature reserves.

Good news for potential investors is that Namibia boasts a solid infrastructure with several airports and good rail- and sea links, with regular flights connecting from South Africa (as well as a range of international destinations) to Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Much of the annual GDP is linked to a robust mining and agricultural sector.

Tourism remain one of the major income drivers, with visitors from around the globe coming here to reconnect with nature, or to search for the soul of this expansive country along a road network stretching over tens of thousands of kilometres.

Seemingly endless highways and gravel roads blast along extra-terrestrial plains, crisscrossing a cosmic landscape crammed with sandstone canyons, rugged inselbergs, shifting dunes and a desolate coastline. Topping the must-do list are Etosha National Park and renowned wilderness areas such as Damaraland, Kaokoveld and the Skeleton Coast.

One thing is certain: with 365 days of solid summer and a dramatic outdoor playground, you will find it impossible to not embrace the diverse experiences and warm-hearted people of this arid land. The Nama, San, Oshiwambo, Himba, Herero, Basters … they all have thousands of compelling stories to share.


COMPANY: E-Tech Resources
PROJECT FOCUS: Commodity – Rare Earths (Neodymium)


Population: 2.495 million

Local Time:  Greenwich Mean Time (plus 0 hours).

Health:  Low Malaria risk in the north only; rivers may be infected with bilharzia

Crime:  Low-risk by African standards, with above-average anti-corruption regulations.

Capital City: Windhoek.

Official Language: Afrikaans, English and German.

Exchange Rate: One-on-one to the SA Rand (which can be used in most transactions).

Transport: Excellent roads, a good rail network and charter flights between major centres.

Climate:  Mild winters (with freezing nights), but extreme heat from October to April.

Currency: Namibian Dollar

Dialling Code: The code for overseas callers is +(264)

Entry Requirements: A valid passport; SADEC Citizens do not require a visa.

Tourist Information: / Tel. +264 61 290 6000


ENGLISH: Hello, how are you?
OSHIWAMBO: Ou li nawa?


Jan Jonker Afrikaner, the leader of the Oorlam people, joined the Dorsland (Thirstland) Trek during the mid-1800s before settling where Windhoek (or Windy Corner’) is today.  There they set up camp next to a hot spring in what is now the ‘Klein Windhoek’ suburb, forging a close-knit community around a stone church and school erected by a succession of Rhenish and Wesleyan missionaries.