2016’s PyCon Namibia conference brought visitors who travelled from:
- South Africa
- the Netherlands
- the UK
- the USA
For 2017's edition, once again we expect visitors from all over the world.
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.
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.
Travellers to Namibia who are travelling for the purpose of attending the conference will be considered as business travellers. Business travellers from most countries will require a visa. See the website of the Namibian High Commission in London for more information.
It is not recommended that attendees declare their purpose of travel as leisure in order to avoid business visa requirements.