A-Z of Namibia

This A-Z Guide of Namibia is a comprehensive guide for Namibia based on our experience and that of our guests.

AIRPORTS:

In Namibia Hosea Kutako International Airport is located 45km from Windhoek.
Walvis Bay Airport is located 12km from the town and 49km from Swakopmund.

ALCOHOL:

Only certain shops and accommodation supply alcohol, so they stop selling alcohol from 12 noon on a Saturday until Monday morning.

ANIMALS:

In many parts of Namibia animals roam freely. So watch out for them on the road, and at early morning or at dusk.  Do not feed wild animals and respect their space.

BANKS:

Commercial banking hours
Monday – Friday     09.00 – 15.30
Saturday        08.00 – 11.00

COMMUNICATION:

Bring an old or unlocked mobile with you and buy a local pay as you go SIM card. MTC Namibia  supply SIM cards & top up scratch cards can be bought at Windhoek Airport on arrival, go to the MTC Kiosk and they will fit & configure your phone. Top ups vouchers are available from post offices garages and phone shop throughout Namibia.

Phone signal is mostly available near all main roads.
MTC Coverage Checker.

Internet – most areas have internet access which you have to buy vouchers for. These  phone shops also sell internet dongles.

DRINKABLE WATER:

 Whilst in Namibia ,we suggest you stick to bottled water which is available at almost all shops.  Take a reusable drinking bottle with you and decant water from larger 5 litre bottles to reduce plastic waste.

DRIVING:

Ensure you have your driving licence with you in your vehicle.
You will require a International Driving Licence if you’re driving licence is not printed in English .

Speed limits-
Within cities and towns        40km/h
On tarmac roads in rural areas    120km/h
On Gravel roads        60km/h

Flash flooding can occur with very little notice and large animals could stray onto the road, avoid driving after dark wherever possible.

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES:

All appliances run on 220/240 volts.  Travel adaptor – Namibia uses plus types D and M.  Plug type D is the plug which has three round pins in a triangular pattern and plug type M is the plug which has three round pins. Namibia operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.  It is best to purchase an adaptor from your home country.

FIRST AID KIT:

It is a good idea to take a general First Aid Kit with you. This should include steri strips, surgical Gloves, needles and syringes. It is advisable to take your own needles and syringes when travelling to rural Africa.

FISHING:

You can fish on wide stretches of the coast. You will require a fishing permit, this can be can be obtained from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources;

Swakopmund 00264 64 410 10 00
Walvis Bay 00264 64 201 61 11

FUEL:

Fuel is available in every major town, however it is advisable to always fill up at each fuel station on a long journey in case of shortages in remote areas.  We recommend that you carry about NAD$1,000 cash with you just in case the mobile / WIFI system is down at a remote filling station and you cannot use your credit card.

HEALTH:

Please contact your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse 6-8 weeks in advance of travel.  They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and /or antimalarial tablets. It is wise always apply mosquito repellent before dusk.

LANGUAGES:

Since 1990 English is the official language although there are several ethnic languages, and Afrikaans and German spoken.

LAUNDRY:

Laundry facilities are available in guesthouses in major towns and some lodges.  There are no laundry facilities in Etosha National Park, Etendeka Mountain Camp, Brandberg White Lady Lodge, The Elegant Eco Camp and other more remote areas.

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES OR ACCIDENTS: 

Your Safari customers are automatically covered by our Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance Cover.  The cover provides Emergency Medical Evacuation cover for emergency transportation by road ambulance or air ambulance to the nearest medical facility sufficiently equipped to attend to the sick or injured person.

If you are unlucky enough to have an accident please call our help lines 081 924 (within Namibia) or +264 61 411 600 (International).

You will be personally responsible (or your Travel Insurance) to pay any and all costs after you arrive at the facility and any and all on-going costs.

MONEY:

Cash:  You should take South African Rand.  South African Rand is accepted throughout Namibia it is exchangeable like for like 1ZAR = 1N$ .  You could  get your change in either currency,  which have the same value, but be aware that you cannot exchange or use Namibian Dollars outside of Namibia.  So please try and use all your Namibian Dollars before you leave Namibia.

Credit Cards are usually accepted in the main towns and lodges.  ATMS are not usually available outside the major towns and cities.

We are asked how much cash should you take.  That will depend on many factors and as such is impossible for us to answer!!  Here is an idea of prices:

Three course meal for two:  £25,  A domestic bottle of beer:  £1.10,  An imported bottle of beer:  £1.30, Bottle of wine:  £4 to £5, 5 litre bottle water:  £1.60, Can of Coke: £0.65, 125g bag of crisps: £0.85, Diesel: £0.70 per litre

PLASTIC:

Take a reusable drinking bottle with you and decant water from large 5 litre bottles of water to minimise the use of single use plastic bottles.
Please use reusable shopping bags to avoid single use plastic bags while shopping for in-country.
Plastic shopping bags are now banned within National Parks, unless they are being used to hold rubbish.

POLICE:

Every large town has a police station and on the main roads there are often speed traps, so keep to the speed limits!  There are police roadblocks 10km outside Windhoek on all main roads;  these are just to double check licenses, road worthiness etc and most tourists are just simply waved through.  You should have your driving licence to hand. Emergency Numbers for the Police is 111. Map of Police Stations Namibia.

SHOPPING HOURS:

Supermarkets are open from
Monday – Fridays    08:00 – 19:00
Weekends        10:00 – 13:00
(and sometimes    16:00 – 19:00)

Other shops are usually only open until 17:30 on weekdays and on Saturday mornings only.
Please use reusable shopping bags to avoid using plastic bags while shopping for in-country.

TIME:

GMT plus one hour. Current Time in Namibia.

TIPPING:

If the service has been good, tipping is normal at restaurants and should be 10% to 15% of the total bill.
It is customary to give N$2 to N$3 to petrol-station attendants who clean your windows, check your water and oil.
N$140 per day to safari guides, and it is also customary to give N$40 to transfer drivers.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

It is your responsibility to ensure you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your holiday.

VISA REQUIREMENTS:

You will require a passport with a validity of more than 6 months, and a minimum of two blank pages is required to enter Namibia.
There are specific requirements if travelling with children under the age of 18. More information is available the following web site:  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/namibia/entry-requirements

It is essential that you check the visa requirements for your complete trip before you depart.  We suggest you approach your government travel advisory service, the country’s embassy you will be visiting and transiting through or a visa agency.

It is your responsibility to research and arrange your own visas.  If you are refused entry into a country, it is your responsibility. Your Safari will not be liable for any expense or inconvenience incurred as a result.

British Citizens can approach:  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

If you have a any questions or require further information Contact us here.

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