Travel Info - Don't be "that Person"... Be Prepared
Please be aware that you are travelling into a third world, African Country. Our summer starts in September and Lasts until April, during these months we sometimes reach temperatures of over 40 Degrees Celsius, but even during the winter months it can get quite hot. Drinking a lot of water, or other re-hydrating fluids is a must. However, during the nights it does cool down, every now and again we can get between -1 and -4 Degrees Celsius (usually around June / July). It is mostly sunny, we are happy about every cloud we see, as it might bring us rain - we love rain. When it rains it rains in small bursts, rarely lasting longer than a couple of hours. Rainy seasons is predominantly between December and February, with a "small rainy season" around beginning of November. Namibia, having a lot of bush and wilderness, has small rodents, bugs, snakes and other critters (which can be highly interesting) this said: kindly watch were you are walking and keep in mind that they are more scared of you than you of them and will try to flee, rather than attack on the rare occasions that you get to make their acquaintance. Buy yourself an insect repellent, we can recommend "Peaceful Sleep" and "Tabard", available in most retail stores in Namibia. All of our animals are wild, please do not try to pet or feed them and keep a safe distance, as most of them are faster than you. Like in many other countries all over the world, there are people that would like to make a scaly profit : Lock your cars when you leave them, do not keep bags, or other valuables you would like to keep, in plain sight in the car, do not carry around large amounts of cash and do not take walks around towns in the middle of the night, or in less wealthy neighborhoods. A lot of street vendors will try to sell their goods, be aware of what a fair price is and barter. Should you travel with young children, note that they are your responsibility, please keep an eye on them.
Safety & Medical Things
The North (mostly beyond the Etosha National Park) is considered Malaria area, do consult your healthcare practitioner regarding prophylaxis. There are doctors and pharmacies in most of our cities and towns for the small accidents, for bigger cases Namibia has a fairly good emergency response . If you are on subscription medication please pack enough of these into your hand luggage. Kindly inform your agent if you rely on electric medical machinery (breathing apparatus during the night etc), or need a fridge to keep your medication cool. PLEASE TELL YOUR AGENT ABOUT ALL ALLERGIES THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL IN NAMIBIA!!!
What to Pack
We suggest light coloured clothing, a jacket and jersey for the cooler days, closed shoes and open sandals, long and short pants ( jeans are the most worn item in Namibia). Pack sunscreen (or buy it on your first day of arrival), even in winter our sun is intense and will give you a sunburn, also pack a hat and sunglasses. Unless you are camping, towels are provided in all accommodations, and most do offer laundry services. You can buy most toiletries in Namibia, we do have import articles, so do not waste luggage space on that, unless you are using specialty products. For Families traveling with babies and toddlers: Diapers and formula milk (like NAN and Lactogen) are widely available throughout the country.
Arrival in Namibia
The bulk of Namibia's Tourists arrive and leave at the Hosea Kutako International Airport. This is a fairly small airport and the chances of someone getting lost in there are non existent. Due to Windhoek's Location our International Airport is situated 40 km outside of the capital. If you are renting a car and the rental company does not have an office at the airport you will need to make sure that your rental company offers transfers into the city. There are various transfer drivers offering rides into town, but depending on the season they might all be taken before you get there. Normally this is being handled by your agent.
We are 100% people in Namibia, kindly adhere to common courtesy. Ask before you take pictures of someone. Do not enter someones home without their permission, in cities as well as in cultural villages. The majority of us speak two to three languages, most do speak English. We are proud of our country and like showing it to others, but please do not go where you are not allowed, it is either for your own, or the environments safety.
Driving on Namibian Roads
In Namibia we drive on the left side, and overtake on the right. our main roads are tared and in overall good condition, the maximum speed limit on these is 120 km/h, nearly all car rentals advise their clients that a maximum of 100 km/h is allowed while driving their vehicles, and no night driving. On the gravel roads 80 km/h is advisable, sometimes slower depending on the condition of the road, in towns and cities the maximum speed is 60 km/h. Please note that you either need an international, or an English drivers licence, should you not have either of them it is allowed to have your drivers licence translated and verified by a state approved translator (it is not always easy to find someone who can do that). As we have a lot of wild roaming animals in our country drivers should be vigilant at all times, since it is a quite common occurrence for antelopes, warthogs and guinea fowls to cross the roads.