PyCon Namibia 2017

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

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, which we’ve used before.

This year the hotel is only able to offer its Classic Rooms, in the Safari Court.

Rates for conference attendees (please mention that you are attending PyCon Namibia, and quote the conference rate) are:

  • Per person single, bed and full buffet breakfast: N$1225
  • Per person sharing (twin beds), bed and full buffet breakfast: N$843

If necessary, ask to speak to Melody Kuzvinzwa, who has provided us with these rooms.

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.

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

2016’s PyCon Namibia conference brought visitors who travelled from:

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

For 2017'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 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.