Travel Tips,like the following,can be taken into consideration:
1 Namibian Dollar (N$) = 100 cents The Namibia Dollar (N$) is fixed to and equals the South African Rand (ZAR) 1:1. The South African Rand is legal tender in Namibia and is accepted throughout for payment. Currency Exchange : www.xe.com
Credit Cards :
International Visa and Master Card credit cards are generally accepted throughout Namibia. Holders of other credit cards are advised to clarify with a commercial bank whether their card is acceptable in Namibia. VISA cards are not accepted at petrol filling stations.
220/240 volts AC. 3-Pin Plugs are used
IDD is available. Country code: 264
Summertime is GMT + 2 from the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April.
Wintertime is GMT + 1, from the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in September.
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Passport & VISA Requirements :
All visitors are required to carry a passport that is valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. Nationals of certain countries do not require visas. It is advisable to check for the latest visa and entry requirements.
Health Precautions :
Due to the hot dry climate Namibia is virtually free of tropical diseases, therefore health certificates are not normally required. However, vaccination requirements change from time to time. We suggest you consult your local doctor or health department.
Malaria exists in the northern area throughout the year, but you can reduce the risk of malaria by using prophylactics, which should be started before arriving in Namibia and with your doctor’s guidance.
If you are on prescription medication, please ensure you have an adequate supply, to last the duration of your stay and a copy of your prescription(s).
The Southern Africa sun is harsh, therefore we advise that you apply highest (SPF ’20) sun block liberally prior to going on walks, swimming etc.
By Air: Namibia is directly accessible by regular international flights from Europe by Air Namibia & LTU and neighboring countries from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Maun, Victoria Falls, and Luanda by Air Namibia, South African Airways, British Airways/Comair and SA Express.
By Road: Namibia is directly accessible by the regular Intercape Mainliner bus service from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Victoria Falls.
International Airports – Hosea Kutako International Airport, previously Windhoek International Airport; Walvis Bay Airport
International & Domestic Airports:
Hosea Kutako International Airport – 45km east of Windhoek, previously Windhoek International Airport, caters primarily for international air traffic, while Eros Airport, situated within the municipal boundaries of Windhoek, handles domestic and regional flights.
All major Namibian tourist destinations have airports, landing strips and/or heliports to accommodate holidaymaker’s traveling by air.
Although Namibia has over 300 known airfields, travellers are cautioned not to land at unlicensed airfields, as the condition is not always known. Aircraft fuel is usually not available at the landing strips, and landings must be arranged in advance.
Domestic transport services available include Intercape Mainliner bus service and scheduled commercial flights.
Private transport available includes hired car , 4×4 vehicle or light aircraft.
Please note: Sense of Africa discourages clients from using public transport.
A two-wheel drive vehicle is adequate for a self-drive holiday. The country has a well established road network, of which some 5 450 km is tarred and 37 000km consists of gravel and earth roads, providing access to the majority of towns, parks, nature reserves and tourist attractions in the country. Road conditions are good and well signposted.Two major development projects, the Trans-Caprivi Highway and the Trans-Kalahari Highway, provide access to Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa and link Namibia with other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries for trade, travel and communication.
What to Buy :
Finely crafted jewellery, precious and semi-precious gemstones, karakul jackets, indigenous crafts, Namibian brewed beer and locally manufactured chocolates and exotic leather goods.
Namibia is a peaceful, democratic country and is relatively crime free. However, as in any other place in the world there are undesirable elements.
By following basic advice it is possible to avoid most potential problems. It is advised that you carry a record of the numbers of your passport, airline tickets and travellers cheque’s. These should be kept in a safe place. Please note expensive jewellery should not be taken on safari.
Do not flash lots of money, an expensive camera or jewellery. Take note of onlookers and keep your possessions in sight at all times to avoid opportunistic theft. Make use of your hotel safety deposit box for expensive items. Never leave baggage or personal items unattended, especially at airports. It is best not to wander around the streets after dark.
If you are travelling in a car, do not leave your purse or bag lying on the passenger seat in clear view – rather keep them in the car boot. Do not consider picking up hitchhikers.
Tap water is safe to drink throughout the country, except for isolated rural areas, where the consumption of filtered or bottled mineral water is recommended.
(Remember water is as precious as diamonds in this drought-stricken land.)
Advanced bookings are highly recommended, especially outside of major centres and are absolutely essential in July, August, September, October, November and December.
The accommodation type in Namibia varies from hotels, guesthouses, pensions, guest farms, tented camps and lodges.
Lodges and safari camps tend to be on private ranches and offer both standard and luxury accommodation.
National parks offer camping, self-catering huts or chalets .
Dietary Requirements :
Special dietary requirements are catered for throughout Namibia.
Most restaurants offer selections for vegetarians, depending on their forte.
Note : It is important to give advanced notice to places where you intend staying.
Tips & Gratuities :
Some restaurants do include service charges; otherwise 10 per cent of the billed amount is adequate. The same applies to hotel service personnel.
What to Pack :
Cotton rather than synthetic clothing is recommended for Namibian summers. This can be bought at shops in Windhoek that specialise in lightweight safari wear. Winters are usually mild to warm, which calls for light clothing in the middle of the day, and a sweater or jacket for evenings and early mornings when it can become quite cold. It is often cold and windy at the coast, for which warm clothing, including a windbreaker, is necessary. An important item is comfortable walking shoes. Swimsuits are required for public beaches or swimming pools. When packing, remember to include binoculars, a sun-hat, sunglasses, sun block, bathing towel, moisturiser, lip-ice and mosquito repellent. Points for electric shavers (electric current 250VAC) are available at major hotels and most state-owned rest camps and resorts. It is advisable to bring battery-operated or conventional razors when visiting remote areas. Camping equipment can be hired in Windhoek.
Photographic Equipment :
Ensure that you have sufficient film and spare batteries, as these may be difficult to purchase in some areas. A lens hood and ultra violet filter are advisable.
Dust-proof packing of your equipment is strongly recommended.
Important Note !!! : It is courteous to ask permission before photographing people. Please be sensitive. Not all African cultures are familiar with cameras. Rural folk will often shy away from having their picture taken. Some locals may ask a fee for having their photograph taken. It is recommended you avoid photographing anything relating to government and military, including personnel (soldiers and police) and buildings.