Namibia is one of Africa’s most politically, socially and economically stable nations, with a multi-party democratic framework. Namibia's safety and stability is one of the reasons the University of Namibia was selected as Cardiff University’s partner in the Phoenix project.

It’s also a very tourist-friendly place to visit , and anyone visiting the conference should consider allocating some extra time to discover the country.

Getting here

Most air travellers arrive at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport via Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, with a dozen or more connections each day between the two airports. There are also twice-weekly flights direct from Frankfurt International Airport with Condor .

Visas & entry

Visas are not required for travellers from a number of countries , including the USA and most western European nations.

At present, visitors from some nations affected by Ebola are not being permitted entry to Namibia.

Health

Medical services in Namibia are of a very high standard. No vaccinations are required for travellers from most countries, though visitors from some countries may be required to show proof of certain vaccinations. Tap water is clean and safe to drink.

Moderate precautions are advised against mosquito bites, which can carry malaria, though the risk in Windhoek is minimal.

There is no risk of yellow fever in the country.

Though Ebola has been much in the news of late, there have been no cases in Namibia, or indeed in any of the neighbouring countries (to put this into context, London is closer to the nearest Ebola outbreak than Windhoek, and you’re probably closer to the nearest case in the USA than in Windhoek).

Where to stay

Clean, comfortable and very affordable accommodation can be arranged at the University of Namibia’s Emona student halls of residence , at a cost as low as US$63/N$705 for a whole week.

Hotel accommodation at the nearby Hotel Safari starts at US$38/N$430 (shared) or US$64/N$725 (single occupancy) per person per night.