PyCon Namibia 2019

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

Discover another side of Windhoek

The PyCon Namibia organisers invite their international visitors to join them on a special excursion to Katatura on Monday 18th February. This day out will introduce you to a part of Windhoek less seen by visitors, from the perspective of your hosts, who live there - you'll be guests, not tourists.

We'll visit the markets, enjoy traditional Namibian food and see some local projects and activities.

Travel

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.

Getting to Windhoek

Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport (30 minutes' drive to the city centre) has direct connections to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Doha, Addis Ababa, Johannesburg and many other African cities.

Welcome to Namibia!

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 2019's edition, once again we expect visitors from all over the world.

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).