1. Clothing and Personal Care
- It is recommended to wear sun block at all times.
- Bring a hat and sunglasses – Namibia has sunshine through out the year.
As Namibia has a typical semi-dessert climate with hot days and cool nights, warm clothing is necessary no matter what part of Namibia is visited.
- When visiting during the summer it is advisable to pack cotton clothing.
- Points for electric shavers (electric current 250VAC) are available at most hotels, rest-camps and resorts
2. Fire Arms
- Hand guns are not permitted in Namibia
- Declare all firearms and ammunition irrespective of where the permit was obtained
3. Malaria Prevention
- Northern Namibia is a Malaria-endemic zone. Travelers should have the necessary medication/prophylaxis, insect repellent lotions or sprays.
- It is advisable to sleep under a mosquito net at night when visiting Northern Namibia
- If windows and doors are not screened with mosquito netting, keep the windows and doors closed.
4. Photographer Tips
- Keep film in a cool box especially while traveling.
- It is advisable to have all lenses fitted with UV or have filters due to harsh light.
- When traveling by road keep your vehicle locked at all times.
- Visible articles in the car should be placed out of sight so as not to tempt petty “thieves”.
- Lock valuables in a safe place
- Be aware of handbag snatchers, pick pockets or suspicious looking persons.
- Extreme caution should be exercised when considering bathing in African rivers. Most rivers carry the Bilharzia patho-gene and harbour dangerous crocodiles and hippos.
6. Road Travel
- Petrol stations are available throughout Namibia and are located approximately 250 km apart. However, they do not accept credit cards as a form of payment for petrol. Ensure that you have cash (N$/SAR).
- Traffic in Namibia is left-hand driven as United Kingdom.
- Use of seat belts in Namibia is compulsory.
- It is advisable not to drive at night because wild animals become more active at sunset and sunrise.
- Switch on the headlights of your vehicle to be more visible in dusty conditions on the road.
- Permits must be obtained when traveling to National Parks or Game Reserves.
A foreign/international driver’s license is invalid, unless:
- The license has been issued in English; or
- A certificate of authenticity or validity relating to the license issued in English by a competent authority (Embassy, High Commissioner); or
- A translation of that license in English by a sworn translator, is attached thereto; and
- The license contains a photograph and signature of the holder thereof.
Please note that BOTH the national and international driving licenses (if needed) have to be brought along at all times. The international driving license is valid ONLY in conjunction with the national driving license!
Kindly make sure that these requirements are adhered to, in order to ensure that the insurance takes affect in terms of the rental agreement. Vehicles can not be handed over to clients who do not comply with the above regulation.
(from the Namibia Insurance Association)
8. Water Use
- Water is Namibia’s scarcest commodity. Tourists can contribute positively to water-saving efforts.
- Where possible take a shower rather than a bath.
- It is illegal to wash a car using a hosepipe. Use a bucket of water and cloth instead.
- Minimize on leaving water running while shaving, brushing teeth or washing hands.
- Tap water is drinkable in Namibia unless you are advised otherwise concerning a particular location.
- When traveling by road ensure you have adequate drinking water.