PyCon Namibia 2019

The annual Python programming conference for professionals, entrepreneurs, scientists, academics and students.

Accommodation

There are plenty of hotels in Windhoek to suit conference travellers. Our venue, NIPAM, is in the south west of the city, near Eros Airport and Pioneerspark.

Safari Hotel

In previous years many attendees have stayed at the Safari Hotel. Rates are:

  • Per person single, bed and full buffet breakfast: N$1013.00
  • Per person sharing (twin beds), bed and full buffet breakfast: N$594

Many attendees will want to share a room, so if you’re looking for a room-mate, please ask on our email list

Please contact the hotel directly for your reservation. Other rates for different rooms are available, but please mention PyCon Namibia and ask for the conference discount. Our contact at Safari Hotel is Melody Kuzvinzwa.

Hotel Pension Casa Blanca

Other attendees including the organisers will be staying at Hotel Pension Casa Blanca, also very nearby.

Other hotels

Taxis in Windhoek are very inexpensive, so even if your hotel or lodgings are a little further away, that’s not necessarily a problem.

See Hotels.comBooking.com or Google Maps (note: search Google maps for hotelguesthousepension, and be aware that it doesn’t list all hotels).

Private lodgings

See also Airbnb for private rooms and apartments at very good rates.

Travel

Since 2015, Pythonistas from many countries have attended the conference:

  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe
  • Zambia
  • Nigeria
  • the Netherlands
  • Germany
  • the UK
  • Finland
  • the USA
  • Brazil
  • Canada.

For 2018's edition, once again we expect visitors from all over the world.

Windhoek

Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city, is a compact town of just over 320 thousand people. It’s a safe, pleasant and convenient city for visitors, with numerous hotels, restaurants, sites to visit and shopping centres.

Windhoek’s main airport (Hosea Kutako) is a 20-minute drive from the centre.

Getting to Windhoek

Windhoek has several direct daily connections to Frankfurt, Johannesburg and several African cities. For most international travellers connections via Frankfurt or Johannesburg are most convenient.

Health and vaccinations

Medical services in Namibia are of a high standard.

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.

No vaccinations are required for travellers from most countries, though visitors from some countries may be required to show proof of certain vaccinations.

However it is recommended that Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid immunisation is up-to-date. If you are considering travelling outside Windhoek you should consider vaccination against Cholera, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B and Rabies.

There is no risk of yellow fever in the country.

Currency

The Namibian dollar is linked to the South African rand and can be exchanged on a one-to-one basis locally. Attendees who would like to buy currency for their trip before travelling will find it easier to buy rand than Namibian dollars.

Visas

Travellers to Namibia who are travelling for the purpose of attending the conference will be considered as business travellers. Business travellers from some countries will require a visa before arriving; many others (from the long list of Exempted Countries) will not, and can obtain a VISA on arrival, at no cost. The website of the Namibian High Commission in London has useful information about this.

Visitors whose main purpose of travel to Namibia is leisure or tourism, who simply happen to visit the conference while they are there, can enter on tourist visas (or if they are from one of the exempted countries, will not require a visa at all).