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Visitors information provides visitors to Namibia information on entry requiremants, climate, what to pack, credit cards & banking, driving, health & medical facilities and other related aspects:Entry Requirements:
A valid passport is required to enter Namibia.
The Namibia Tourism Board has announced that border crossing fees have increased. The new fees are as follows:
- R177 for motor cycles, motor tricycles, motor quadru-cycles, caravans and light trailers
- R277 for motor cars, single and double-cab vehicles, 2x4 and 4x4 vehicles and minibuses (fewer than 25 passengers)
- R579 for light goods vehicles and delivery vehicles (GVM < 3 500kg)
Visas are needed except for nationals from Angola, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mozambique, the Netherlands, the Nordic Countries, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, South-Africa, 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.Climate:
Typical semi-desert - hot days and cool nights. Midsummer temperatures can rise to over 40°C. Winter days are warm but dawn temperatures may drop to freezing.
Along the coast it is cool with low rainfall and fog prevails from late afternoon until mid-morning.
The rainy season lasts from October to April. The rest of the year is dry and cloudless. Namibia averages 300 days of sunshine a year.What to pack:
As temperatures can be very high during the summer months, clothing made from cotton is preferable. During winter, light clothing, combined with a sweater and/or jacket is recommended, as it becomes cold in the evenings and early mornings.
Important items to pack: comfortable walking shoes, swimsuits, binoculars, sun hats and sunglasses, sun block, mosquito repellent and battery-operated or conventional razors for visiting remote areas.Border posts:
For all cars (hired and private), a police clearance, vehicle licensing papers, insurance letter and an owner's proxy are required to enter Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe or Angola from Namibia.Credit Cards:
International cards are widely accepted throughout the country, including most Government rest camps, hotels, shops and restaurants.Currency:
Namibian Dollar (N$), divided into 100 cents. Notes of N$10, N$20, N$50 and N$100 are in circulation. South African notes and coins are also legal tender.Drinking Water:
In most of the country tap water is drinkable. Bottled mineral water and ice cubes are available at most shops and service stations. Always take several bottles of water along if you travel longer distances.Driving Tips:
In Namibia driving is on the left side of the road. The roads are in a good condition - be it a gravel, tarmac or salt road. Avoid driving at night, as game may be crossing the road. Take great care to stick to the following speed limits:
Within cities and towns: 60km/h
On tarmac roads in rural areas: 120 km/h (Take care when travelling in northern Namibia as domestic animals often cross the roads).
On gravel roads it is advisable not to exceed 70 km/h due to the loose surface.Fuel:
In every big town fuel is available. Refuel at every possible opportunity as remote areas can sometimes run out of fuel. Only cash is accepted at fuel stations. Most fuel stations do have unleaded fuel. Fuel prices vary from region to region.Electrical Appliances:
All run on 220/240 volts. Outlets are of the round 3-pin, 15 amp types.Health:
No inoculations are necessary. Should you enter from a country in which yellowfever prevails, you should have proof that you were vaccinated against this disease. Malaria-prophylaxis is recommended if you travel to norhtern Namibia during summer. Prophylaxis can also be bought without prescription from pharmacies in Namibia.Language:
The official language is English and all documents, notices and directional signs are in this language. German and Afrikaans are also used throughout the country and there are numerous African languages and dialects which fall into two main groups: Bantu and Khoisan. Medical:
By virtue of Namibia's vast size and the remoteness of many venues, high costs are involved when illness or accidents occur. Travel insurance covering baggage and valuables plus accident should be considered before departure.Time:
Summer: 1st Sunday in Sep - 1st Sunday in Apr: +2 hrs GMT
Winter: 1st Sunday in Apr - 1st Sunday in Sep: +1 hrs GMTWeather:
Average summer temperatures vary from 20 - 30 degrees Celsius (day) to 18 degrees Celsius (night) and in winter from 12 - 18 degrees Celsius (day) and 4 - 10 degrees Celsius (night). Average rainfalls figures range from 50mm in the far northeastern regions. Light clothing should be packed fro the days in summer with a thick jacket for cool evenings outside and rainy days, and warm clothing should be taken for winter days, where layers can be taken off as the day gets warmer.Safety and security:
Namibia is a safe destination. However, many Namibians own only a fraction of what a tourist owns. Therefore keep an eye on your belongings. Do not display expensive jewellery, cameras, cellphones or cash - rather lock your valuables in your hotel safe. Even if you park in an area where car guards look after vehicles, it is wise not to leave valuables in view.