Travel Advice

Health & Safety

Namibia is a safe and stable country boasting modern infrastructure and facilities and one of the cleanest and neatest African capitals. Still, be careful, remain alert and keep a close watch over your belongings.

Namibia is an excellent holiday destination due to the favourable currency, which means that most international travellers are able to get luxury accommodation and transportation at a fraction of the price in their own country.

Although most parts of Namibia are malaria-free, travellers heading north of Windhoek (and towards the Caprivi) need to consult their doctors about anti-malaria medication.

Passports & Visas

Visitors to Africa must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date, together with onward travel documents, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Please also ensure that you have sufficient blank visa pages (not endorsement pages) in your passport, with at least 2 consecutive/side by side blank pages. Our recommendation is 3 pages (or even 4 if you are travelling through more than one country on your journey).
NOTE: All passengers under 18 years of age will need to present an unabridged birth certificate as well as a valid passport when entering, departing or transiting South Africa and Botswana. A sworn translation (certified/authenticated) in English should accompany all documentation that is in a language other than English.
For single parents, or those travelling alone with their child/ren, the following must be provided:
– An affidavit (no more than 3 months old on the date of travel) in which the absent parent gives consent for the child to travel, or
– A court order granting full responsibilities or legal guardianship of the child, or
– The death certificate of the absent parent.
Please speak to your Africa specialist to ensure that you have any appropriate travel documentation before departing on safari.

It is advised you check with your tour operator or hotel concierge – they will know if there are any potentially unsafe areas along your travel route.
For self-drive guests in Namibia all vehicles on the road have to drive with their headlights on at all times of the day.
It is wise to avoid deserted areas, particularly at night, and if you are on a self-drive adventure then please ensure your car is locked at all times – park in well-lit, busy areas.
Dress-down (i.e. don’t wear excessive jewellery) when exploring Africa’s diverse cities. Concealed travel wallets are recommended.
Stopping for hitch hikers is not recommended.

Banks and Foreign Exchange

Banking hours at most commercial banks are Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 15h30 and on Saturday from 08h00 to 11h00
ATMs are found throughout Namibia’s major city centres and shopping complexes.

The currency is the Namibian Dollar, where NAD1 is made up of 100 cents. Please check with your hotel for daily exchange rates. Foreign currencies such as the USD are widely accepted.
Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are accepted by most restaurants, shops and hotels. Proof of identity may be requested, so be sure to carry a passport or some form of photo identification at all times. Credit cards are not accepted at petrol stations.