Do I need a visa to visit Namibia?
Visitors need to have a passport which is valid for 6 months beyond the date of travel. A passport with at least two blank consecutive visa pages is required for each entry into Namibia if passing through South Africa. US and British passport holders do not need a visa. Some EU member countries do need a visa. Please contact your nearest Namibian embassy or consulate to find out if you require a visa to enter Namibia.
It is your responsibility to check the entry visa requirements with the individual embassy of each country you intend visiting prior to departure.
IMPORTANT: Travelling with Children
Parents travelling with children under the age of 18 will need to supply an unabridged birth certificate showing details of both parents. If the child is travelling with one parent only, a parental legalised consent affidavit signed by the absent parent will also be required.
Do I need to take anti-malaria medication when visiting Namibia?
Malaria is present in Namibia and visitors to Etosha National Park, the Skeleton Coast and the Caprivi Strip are most at risk. The high-risk season is November to June. It is recommended that you consult with your doctor or visit a travel clinic before travel to discuss prophylaxis and preventative measures.
There is no formal requirement to have any vaccinations for entering Namibia.
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When is the best time to visit Namibia?
The best time to travel to Namibia depends on what you want to do during your trip. With an average of 300 days of sunshine annually Namibia is one of the sunniest countries. The dramatic dunes at Sossusvlei can be visited year-round. Visiting Namibia safari areas such as Etosha National Park is best in the dry season from May to October when the wildlife congregates around the waterholes. This is also when the risk of malaria is lowest. June and July can offer freezing temperatures at night while September and October can be very hot.
Can I drink the tap water in Namibia?
Water in Namibia is safe for bathing and brushing your teeth. Not all water is safe to drink especially in remote areas, so we recommend that you use bottled water during your trip.
What is the weather like in Namibia?
Namibia is one of the sunniest countries in the World, with an average of 300 days of sunshine.
In northern regions such as the Caprivi Strip and Etosha, the summer months average temperature lies at 35° C during the day, dropping to about 20° C at night. In winter, the day temperature rises to a cosy 28° C, but at night the temperature can drop to 7° C or even 1° C.
In the desert areas, the Namib and the Kalahari, only a little rainfall can be expected, with the Kalahari receiving higher rainfalls than the Namib. Temperatures may rise above 40°C in summer, sometimes even up to 50°C. In winter temperatures still reach a pleasant 20° C to 25° C. At night temperatures may drop below 0° C though.
On the coast, it is much cooler. The average temperature in Swakopmund in January lies at 20 °C, whilst in August an average of 16°C is measured. During the winter month and especially when foggy it can be uncomfortably cold.
Currency and credit cards in Namibia
Namibia’s unit of currency is the Namibian Dollar (NAD) which is equivalent to the South African Rand. It is denoted by the symbol N$. Both the Namibian dollar and South African Rand are legal tender in Namibia.
Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted throughout Namibia.
American Express and Diners Club are not widely accepted.
Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and Bureaux de Change.
ATM’s are readily available in major cities.
Languages spoken in Namibia
The official language of Namibia is English, but German and Afrikaans are also widely spoken.
Namibian electrical appliances run on 220/240v with round 3-pin outlets taking 15-amp plugs. Although adaptors are available at most camps, we highly recommend taking your own.
If you are taking electric hair styling tools in any shape or form flatirons, curling irons, hairdryers etc. or any other electrical appliances, you should make sure they are dual voltage and remember to change the voltage.
Many camps are very remote and run on generators. They may not allow you to use hair dryers, curling irons etc and may have limited hours of operation. Some camps only have charging facilities for batteries and cell phones only in the main reception rooms.
Local time in Namibia is GMT +2 which 6 – 7 hours ahead of the Eastern USA depending on daylight saving time.
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