See below a few tips and things to know before visiting Namibia.
A valid passport is required to enter Namibia and a visa is only required by people from some countries. Entry into Namibia will be allowed up to a maximum of 90 days. Extensions can be applied for from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Visitors from various western countries and also countries surrounding Namibia does not need a visa. Please visit www.namibia.org.za for more information.
Documents required when you pass the border with a vehicle includes a valid driver's license, a certified copy of vehicle registration papers in the name of the driver, a ZA Sticker, and a Motor Insurance Certificate.
South Africa Botswana border post / Skilpadshek - this border opens at 6 o'clock in the morning and closes at 12 o'clock in the night.
Namibia Botswana border post (Buitepos) - this border opens at 6 o'clock (Botswana or South African time) in the morning and closes at 12 o'clock (Botswana or South African time) in the night.
If you are traveling north in Namibia, above Okahandja, it is advisable to take precautions against malaria. It is also advisable to take out medical insurance when visiting Namibia. Vaccinations are not required to visit Namibia.
Midsummer temperatures can rise to over 35ºC. In most areas winter days are warm but dawn temperatures may drop to freezing. Windhoek, the capital city, can be a bit chilly in the winter. The rainy season lasts from October to April.
If you are using Google Maps or Waze to find the location of your guesthouse please inspect the maps carefully, while you are still at home, as Namibia does not have good and/or fast internet in most areas.
Namibia sets their clock one hour backward beginning of April and one hour forward beginning of September each year.
Watch out! - Kudus and warthog often eat the green grass next to the roads and at night. Be careful of driving too fast and driving into them. The roads in Namibia are wide and generally in a very good condition. The temptation to drive faster than 120 km/hour is very big.
Namibians drive on the left. Overseas visitors must carry a valid international driving license. The roads in Namibia is in a very good condition.
Most Namibians can speak, or at least understand English.
International roaming agreements are in place with over a 100 networks and over a 100 countries. Most towns have internet cafés.
The international dialing code is +264 followed by the regional code and the number.
The currency used in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (N$) and it is linked to the South African Rand/equal to it. Just like the Rand, it can be divided into 100 cents. Namibia also accepts South African Rand however, Namibian Dollars will not be accepted in South Africa. It is advisable to carry some cash for remote areas.
Tap water is safe to drink unless otherwise stated.
All appliances run on 220/240 volts and a standard frequency of 50 Hz. Outlets are of the round 3 pin –15 amp type. The power sockets that are used are of type D / M, mostly of type M.
Keep all the tax invoices for gifts bought for the family at home. When you leave Namibia you may claim back the VAT at the airport. You have to present a valid tax invoice to the officials at the Customs & Excise Offices at the airport. VAT is charged at a rate of 15% in Namibia.
Namibia is a safe country. It is however still advisable to leave all the valuable items that you don't need at home.
The Transnamib-Starline is a well-known train transportation in Namibia. It is, however not advisable because the train is very slow and it does not run frequently. It is recommended that you hire a car when visiting Namibia.
The International Airport Hosea Kutako (WDH) is situated 45km east of the capital city, Windhoek. From the airport, you can travel to the city by a rented car.
Where the hospitality is warmer than the weather.