Namibia Safari, Holiday & Travel Information
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Visa Requirements

To enter Namibia a passport valid for at least 6 months from date of entry is required. Kindly ensure that you have at least 3 blank pages for entry and exit stamps. A valid return ticket is also required. Entry into Namibia will be allowed up to a maximum of 90 days. Extensions can however be applied for from the Ministry of Home Affairs situated in Windhoek. Visitors from the following countries do not require visas: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Germany, Italy, Iceland, France, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal,  Republic of Ireland, Russia, Scandinavian countries, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA. For other countries please consult with your nearest Namibia Consulate about visa...

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VAT Refund for Tourists

Tourists may claim back VAT on goods purchased in Namibia. A valid tax invoice is necessary to present to the officials at the Customs & Excise Offices at the international airport. The following three steps will guide you on how to claim your VAT back.   STEP 1: Make sure your documentation is in order. When buying goods from a shop (remember that to qualify for a refund the total VAT inclusive value of all purchases must exceed $N250.00) be sure to inform them that you intend claiming back the VAT and that you require a tax invoice. The tax invoice must include the following details: The seller’s name, address and VAT registration number, Your name & address, the words ‘tax invoice’, a tax invoice number and the date of issue of the tax invoice. The invoice must also include a full description of the items that you have bought. Lastly, the invoice must indicate the cost of the items excluding 15% VAT as well as the cost of the items including 15% VAT. The actual amount of the VAT charged at 15% must also be reflected.   STEP 2: Customs Procedure & Inspection Do not pack your purchased goods in your suitcase and then try and claim your VAT back. Tourists are required to complete a VAT 16 claim form and then present this along with your purchased goods and tax invoice for inspection from the Namibian Customs and Excise Offices. This should be done before your luggage is checked in with your airline. Without an inspection you will not get a refund.   STEP3: Claim your VAT Refund On departing Hosea Kutako International Airport present your VAT claim at the VAT refund office. The value of your claim and other factors will determine what method is used to refund you. Payment methods include a voucher cashable at the Foreign Exchange Bureaus at the airport. You may also receive your refund via a bank transfer or as a credit on your Visa or MasterCard. Lastly, remember to arrive at the airport with sufficient time to allow for the...

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Time

Namibia no longer makes use of daylight saving as of the month of August 2017. Namibia is in the Central Africa Time zone at GMT/UTC+2 hours, congruous with South African Standard Time. The Zambezi Region is the only area in Namibia that does not change its time in winter months and stays on the same time as Botswana and South Africa

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Health / Malaria

The majority of Namibia poses no malaria risk at all however the northern region  above  Etosha National Park as well as the Kavango and Zambezi  is a malaria area especially during the summer months. It is advisable to take prophylactics – please consult your doctor or pharmacy on the correct prophylactics for the specific area of entry. Care should be taken to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by covering up with long trousers or loose fitting long sleeved shirts in the evenings, using an anti-mosquito/insect repellant and sleeping under a mosquito net. It is advisable to take out medical insurance. Medical services are generally of a high standard in Namibia but are restricted to the main towns. Emergencies or accidents that occur in remote areas can be expensive when transport to one of the main towns is...

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Electrical Appliances

In Namibia all appliances run on 220/240 volts.  Electrical outlets are of the round 3 pin – 15 amp type (Type M). If you are traveling from abroad you will need an adapter (better yet bring 2 of them) to be able to charge your camera, cell phone, laptop, etc. Your adapter for small electrical appliances or chargers requires a conversion plug to a three-pin type outlet which is found in Namibia. See image below. The best adapter that you can get for traveling in Namibia is a power adapter. This enables devices from all over the world to be plugged in safely and get charged. Remember that many of the lodges and guest farms in Namibia are located in remote areas and often use generators for power. These are often turned off at some stage in the evenings so don’t expect to charge your devices in the...

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Duty Free Allowances

Tourists visiting Namibia are allowed to bring in duty free a maximum of 50 cigars or 250 grams of pipe tobacco or maximum of 400 cigarettes. 1 litre of spirit or other alcoholic beverages or 2 litre’s of wine. 50 ml of perfume.

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Drinking Water

The quality of tap water in Namibia is quite good and perfectly safe to drink. Many of the lodges in the more remote areas will make use of water from a borehole which is also safe and healthy to drink. If you are on a self-drive safari in Namibia and traveling in a hired car and plan to camp then it is recommended that you buy bottled water which is widely available at shops and fuel stations. Buy several 2 litre plastic bottles and use this as your drinking water if you prefer. This water can also be used to boil your water for coffee and wash your dishes. Always ensure that you have more than enough water when traveling in Namibia especially in the more remote areas. Is it necessary to bring water purification tablets? The answer is no! However there is no harm in bringing them with you. Remember though that even the mildest of the local microbes may cause slight upset stomachs for an overseas...

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Cross Border Times & Charges

Tourists entering Namibia via one of its border posts and driving a foreign registered vehicle are expected to pay entry fees in cash either in South African Rand or Namibian Dollars.  For tourists that plan to combine a visit to a neighbouring country (Angola, Botswana, Zambia or South Africa) must confirm with their car rental company what documentation and insurances are required. Namibia / Angola: Ruacana:  07h00–18h00 / Omahenene: 08h00–18h00 / Oshikango / St. Clara: 08h00–18h00 / Rundu:    08h00–18h00 Namibia / Botswana: Impalila Island: 07h00–18h00 / Ngoma Bridge: 07h00–18h00 / Mohembo/Shakawe:  06h00-18h00 / BuitePos/Mamuno: 07h00-24h00 Namibia / South Africa: Kl. Menasse/Rietfontein:  07h00–18h00 / Hohlweg – Closed / Ariamsvlei/Nakop: 24hours / Velloorsdrift/Onseepkans: 08h00-17h00 / Sendelingsdrif: 08h00-17h00 / Mata Mata: 08h00-16h30 / Noordoewer/Vioolsdrif: 24 hours / Oranjemund/Alexander Bay: 06h00-22h00 Namibia / Zambia: Welena / Sesheke: 06h00-22h00   Cross Border Charges: Each and every foreign registered vehicle entering Namibia must pay a cross border fee. TypeDescription (Petrol & diesel driven)Entry Fee N$ 1Motor cycles, motor tricycle, motor quadru-cycle, caravans, & light trailers drawn by Type 2 vehicles.188.00 2Motor cars, single and double 242.00 cab goods vehicles (bakkies), 2x4 and 4x4 goods vehicles (bakkies), minibuses (less than 25 passengers).295.00 3Light goods vehicles/delivery vehicles...

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Credit Cards & Currency

The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (N$) which is linked to the South African Rand and is equal to it. These are the only two currencies accepted in Namibia, however the Namibian Dollar is not accepted in South Africa. Foreign currencies and traveler’s cheques can be exchanged upon arrival at the international airport Hosea Kutako or at the numerous foreign exchange bureaus which are available in all major towns throughout Namibia.  It is advisable for self-drive tourists to carry some cash for remote areas and to pay for all fuel expenses. All major credit cards are generally accepted. Namibia has a good network of ATM’s facilities available for drawing...

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Communication

Tourists can travel with mobile devices and access the GSM network at all major towns as well as on most portions of the national highway.  International roaming agreements are in place with more than 220 networks from over 100 countries.  An increasing number of accommodation establishments offer WI-FI and most towns have internet cafes.  For self-drive tourists that wish to travel to remote areas the hiring of a satellite phone is highly recommended. When dialing internationally from Namibia via mobile devices a + followed by the relevant country code, area code and number is to be dialed.  When dialing internationally from Namibia via a fixed landline the international access code is 00.  When dialing internationally to Namibia the country code is 264 followed by the area code and...

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Climate

Namibia is the most arid country in Southern Africa and has a dry climate typical of a semi-desert country.  Summer months occur from October to April and winter months from May to September.  Rainfall generally occurs from the months of November to March and is normally of short duration.  Days are generally warm to very hot throughout the year.  Winter nights can be very cold to freezing particularly in the Southern Region.  It is advisable for tourists to pack clothing for both warm and cold weather and exercise caution when out in the sun. Average summer temperatures range from 20 deg C to 35 deg C during the day.  However temperatures above 40 deg C are often recorded in the Southern Region and extreme North of the country.  Average winter temperatures range from 18 deg C to 24 deg C during the day whilst night temperatures drop to...

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