Namibia Travel Tips
1. Clothing and Personal Care
- It is recommended to wear sun block at all times.
- Bring a hat and sunglasses - Namibia has sunshine through out the year.
As Namibia has a typical semi-dessert climate with hot days and cool nights, warm clothing is necessary no matter what part of Namibia is visited.
- When visiting during the summer it is advisable to pack cotton clothing.
- Points for electric shavers (electric current 250VAC) are available at most hotels, rest-camps and resorts
2. Fire Arms
- Hand guns are not permitted in Namibia
- Declare all firearms and ammunition irrespective of where the permit was obtained
3. Malaria Prevention
- Northern Namibia is a Malaria-endemic zone. Travelers should have the necessary medication/ prophylaxis, insect repellent lotions or sprays.
- It is advisable to sleep under a mosquito net at night when visiting Northern Namibia
- If windows and doors are not screened with mosquito netting, keep the windows and doors closed.
4. Photographer Tips
- Keep film in a cool box especially while traveling.
- It is advisable to have all lenses fitted with UV or have filters due to harsh light.
- When traveling by road keep your vehicle locked at all times.
- Visible articles in the car should be placed out of sight so as not to tempt petty "thieves".
- Lock valuables in a safe place
- Be aware of handbag snatchers, pick pockets or suspicious looking persons.
- Extreme caution should be exercised when considering bathing in African rivers. Most rivers carry the Bilharzia patho-gene and harbour dangerous crocodiles and hippos.
6. Road Travel
- Petrol stations are available throughout Namibia and are located approximately 250 km apart. However, they do not accept credit cards as a form of payment for petrol. Ensure that you have cash (N$/SAR) or a petrol card.
- Traffic in Namibia is left-hand driven as United Kingdom.
- Use of seat belts in Namibia is compulsory.
- It is advisable not to drive at night because wild animals become more active at sunset and sunrise.
- Switch on the headlights of your vehicle to be more visible in dusty conditions on the road.
- Permits must be obtained when traveling to National Parks or Game Reserves.
7. Water Use
- Water is Namibia's scarcest commodity. Tourists can contribute positively to water-saving efforts.
- Where possible take a shower rather than a bath.
- It is illegal to wash a car using a hosepipe. Use a bucket of water and cloth instead.
- Minimize on leaving water running while shaving, brushing teeth or washing hands.
- Tap water is drinkable in Namibia unless you are advised otherwise concerning a particular location.
- When traveling by road ensure you have adequate drinking water.