Namibia Travelers Guide

By on October 22, 2014

Climate:

The south, the central, the central north and the northeastern parts of Namibia experience day temperatures between 15- 25°C in winter. Winter temperatures in the early mornings can go down to below 0°C. In the summer the max temperature averages between 30 – 35° C, but in the south and far north it can sometimes go even higher. Along the coast (the west) the temperatures are normally mild, ranging between 15 – 25°C in summer and 12 – 20° C in winter. The main rainy season is between January and March each year. Due to the fact that rain normally occurs as short intense showers, travel is not normally impaired.

Entry Requirements:

A passport, valid for at least 6 months after date of entry, is required to enter Namibia. Visas are needed except for nationals from Angola, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Visas are obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Private Bag 13200, Windhoek, at Namibian Embassies and at Namibia Tourist Offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Currency:

The unit of currency is the Namibia Dollar (N$), which has the same value as the S.A Rand and is divided into 100 cents. The South African Rand is also accepted as legal tender in Namibia. Travelers cheques are widely accepted. Those in foreign currencies must be cashed in at banks. In general credit cards (normally Visa & MasterCard and in some cases also Diners Club & American Express) are accepted by most hotels as well as in rest camps of the NWR.

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Health:

All water from taps is purified and visitors can drink it. Bottled water is also available in all towns and most establishments. Travelers to the northern parts of Namibia are advised to take anti-malaria precautions, especially in summer and early autumn. No injections against yellow fever and other tropical diseases prior to visiting Namibia are necessary. Namibia has excellent medical services. All larger centres have medical practitioners and hospitals or clinics and medical evacuation services can be arranged anywhere in Namibia.

What to Pack:

Winter days are mild to warm, so you should bring light summer clothes. Nights can be quite chilly – even in summer at the coast. Warm clothes are thus also necessary. A good pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, a sun hat, swimming costume, insect repellant (especially in summer and autumn) and camera equipment should also be brought along. International-standard videotapes and camera films and can be bought in large centres such as Windhoek and Swakopmund and at some tourism establishments.

Traffic Rules and Regulations:

In Namibia you are required to drive on the left hand side of the road. There is a general speed limit of 120 km/h on tarred roads and 100 km/h on gravel roads. (It is recommended that you experience extreme caution when driving on gravel roads.) Safety belts must be worn by occupants of front & rear seats in all vehicles equipped with seat belts.

Overseas visitors must be in possession of a valid international driver’s license, as well as a normal driver’s license, if they plan to hire or drive a vehicle in this country. Residents of neighboring countries (SADC) only require their normal driving licenses.

Road signs are internationally recognised symbols, and roads and turnoffs are clearly signposted. Road sign warnings against animals on the road, particularly kudu & warthog, should be taken seriously, especially at night when they are blinded by headlights. Please refrain from driving on gravel roads at night.

Car Hire:

Cars, minibuses and four-wheel drive vehicles can be rented in Windhoek, the International Airport, Tsumeb, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

Hunting:

While Namibia is a popular area for overseas hunters, hunting laws are very strict in order to enforce the sustainable utilization of this valuable resource. No one may hunt or kill an animal without permission.

The hunting season is in June and July, and written permission must be obtained from the farm owner as well as a permit from the Ministry of Environment & Tourism(MET). The farm owner has the right to decide what may be hunted and what to charge the hunter. Trophy hunters may hunt outside of this season, except during January and December, and must have a permit from the Directorate of Resource Management of the MET. Trophy hunters must be accompanied by a professional hunting guide. Custom regulations allow for hunters to bring their own rifles, but no handguns, subject to certain limitations, into the country. These must be declared at the airport. Rifles can also be hired in Windhoek.

Namibia Standard Time:

Namibia has summer and winter times. Summer time is GMT + 2 hours and winter time which stretches from the first Sunday in April up to the first Sunday in September, is GMT + 1 hour.

(GMT = Greenwich Mean Time)

Personal safety:

Tourists can become targets for criminals in any country. To make your visit a happy one, the following precautions are advised:

Always keep your vehicle locked.

  • Do not leave valuable articles in your vehicle and park it in a secure area if possible.
  • Make use of the services of Car Guards where available.
  • Lock valuables, credit cards, passports etc in the safety deposit box of your hotel where possible.
  • Do not carry valuables in a conspicuous way with you while walking around.
  • Arrange ample medical / travel insurance.

Telecommunications:

Namibia has an excellent telecommunications system and you can call from all towns and most accommodation establishments to foreign countries. Cell phone coverage is provided in all towns, except the very small ones. Cell phones can also be used on the main route between Rehoboth and Windhoek, between Windhoek and Swakopmund as well as between Windhoek and the International Airport.

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