Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find the answers to the most common questions related to the Namibia Desert Challenge. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you can't find the answers to your questions.

Who are Fredericks Foundation?
Can I extend my stay in Namibia?
What are the Embassy contact details?
What is the currency of Namibia?
What spending money will I need?
What is the electrical voltage and which plugs in Namibia?
What Time Zone is Namibia in?
What is the security situation in Namibia?
Where can I get a sponsorship form?
What's the climate of Namibia?
 


Who are Fredericks Foundation?

Fredericks Foundation is a registered charity (no 1086562). It aims to help people with nowhere else to turn to realise their potential. This is achieved by providing resources in the form of finance and business mentoring to individuals to help them become economically independent and assisting them in setting up their own business. 

 
The people we help are financially disadvantaged, unemployed, single parents, ex-offenders and disabled people of any age. Fredericks aims to be a highly efficient charity and is acknowledged as having one of the lowest cost bases for its output.
 
We help to start about 3 new businesses a week but what’s more impressive is c.85% of our loans are repaid which allows us to reuse £8.50 out of every £10 raised. Most of our overheads are covered so your donations and sponsorship can go straight to the loan fund to be used AGAIN and AGAIN.

To find out more go to: www.fredericksfoundation.org

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Can I extend my stay in Namibia?

If you would like to extend your stay in Namibia to explore more of the country please let us know at the time of registration. The airline will allow a certain proportion of the return flights to be extended.

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What are the Embassy contact details?

British Embassy, Namibia
    British High Commission,
    PO Box 22202, 116 Robert Mugabe Avenue,
    Windhoek, Namibia
    Tel: (264)(61)274800"
    E-mail: general.windhoek@fco.gov.uk

Embassy of Namibia, London
    Namibia High Commission
    6 Chandos street
    London W1M 0LQ
    Tel: (020)7636 6244
    web site: www.namibia.embassyhomepage.com

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What is the currency of Namibia?

Local currency is Nambian Dollar (NAD), which is par-linked to the South African Rand. We recommend you take GB Sterling or South African Rand (ZAR), which can be exchanged for local currency at the airport in Namibia

In September 2010 the exchange rate was: GBP(£) 1 = 11 NAD (try this currency converter)

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What spending money will I need?

There will be little opportunity to spend money on the Challenge itself. Staff employed by the safari company such as porters, camp staff, cooks and guides will generally be local Namibian staff. If you would like to tip the local staff we suggest £30 per participant as a guideline and all tips will be pooled and divided equally among the staff.  There will be an opportunity for limited souvenir and gift shopping on the final day.

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What is the electrical voltage and which plugs in Namibia?

Nambian three pin plug Namibian plug system is the South African/Indian style plug with two circular metal pins below a large circular grounding pin. (220v, 50hzhz). The only time you will have electricity will be at the hotel at the end of the Challenge

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What time Zone is Namibia in?

Local Namibian time is GMT+1 hour (April – August) and +2 hours (September – March)

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What is the security situation in Namibia?

Crime is limited in this area but you’re advised not to leave valuables and possessions unattended and take care when using an ATM machine – don’t accept any offers of help.

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Where can I get a sponsorship form?

You can download and print this sponsorship form

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What's the climate in Namibia?

Namibia's climate is typical of semi-desert terrain, hot days and cool nights and an average of 300 sunny days a year. The best time of year to visit Namibia is between April and October with warm sunny days and cold nights. Temperatures can rise steeply in the summer months of November to March but the nights are still cool. In September we will experience hot days with temperatures possibly rising to the mid to late 30s. The nights may be cold, especially as we near the Skeleton Coast - the temperature drops markedly as soon as the sun goes down.

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