Frequently asked questions
Foreigners Travelling to Namibia Nationals from the countries listed below are not required to obtain Visas to travel to Namibia on holiday for visits shorter than three months: Angola Ireland Portugal Armenia Italy Russian Federation Australia Japan Seychelles Austria Kazakhstan Singapore Azerbaijan Kenya South Africa Belarus Kyrgyzstan Spain Belgium Lichtenstein Swaziland Botswana Lesotho Sweden Brazil Luxemburg Switzerland Canada Macau (SAR) Tajikistan Congo Brazzaville (only Diplomatic/ Official and service Passports) Malawi Tanzania Cuba Malaysia Turkey (only diplomatic and official passports) Denmark Mauritius Turkmenistan Finland Moldova Ukraine France Mozambique United Kingdom Germany Netherlands United States of America Ghana (only diplomatic/ official and service passports) New Zealand Uzbekistan Hong Kong Nigeria (Only Diplomatic and Official Passports) Venezuela (Only Diplomatic/Official passports) Iceland Norway Zambia India (Diplomatic and Official Passports up to 3 months) Poland (diplomatic and official passports up to 3 months) Zimbabwe Note: * Applies only to Official and Diplomatic Passport Holders Visa Requirements All applicants must submit the following: Completed Visa Application form; Valid passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of entry and at least 3 or more blank pages; One (1) colour passport photograph; Copy of round trip ticket or itinerary indicating your trip in and out of Namibia; Applicants must have (a) a return ticket; (b) adequate funds for the duration of their stay in Namibia; (c) proof that they will be supported by a person who is permanent resident of Namibia or is Namibian if such a case applies; (d) letter of invitation or business contacts in Namibia are required for a business visa.
Visitors with tourist visas are not allowed to engage in any employment while in the country. Should they wish to do so, they should apply for an employment permit in their country of residence prior to entry in Namibia. Health requirements: yellow fever inoculation is a requirement only if the journey to Namibia entails passing through a yellow fever area of Africa by any other means than by a scheduled air service. VISA FEE (c/o the nearest Namibian Embassy/High Commission) (TO AVOID DELAYS, YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO BRING THE EXACT FEE/AMOUNT TO THE HIGH COMMISSION WHEN LODGING AN APPLICATION) Note that the processing time for visa applications is 3 Working days. Incomplete forms and requirements may delay the process. Visa Application processions should be submitted c/o the nearest Namibian Embassy/High Commission.
All PASSPORTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED, COLLECTED AND SIGNED FOR IN PERSON. PLEASE NOTE: It is the responsibility of clients to ensure that passports, visas or other travel documents are valid for the duration of their stay in Namibia and other areas included in tours, and the company will entertain no complaints related to invalid travel documentation. If a client does not possess the necessary documentation to enter an area or country on the tour, the company reserves the right to request the client to disembark from the tour at the point of entry to such areas or countries. Should such a case ensue, the company will not be liable for providing further travel arrangements.
If you are travelling on our 10-days Delta and Vic Falls trip, please check the visa cost for entering Zimbabwe. This is to be paid at the border crossing and they will require US$. If you have a passport that requires you to obtain a visa to enter Botswana, please make sure this is a multiple entry visa because this tour will enter Botswana more than once.
You absolutely need travel insurance.
It’s compulsory for people travelling on our safaris and we place the onus on our clients to make sure that they are adequately insured. It is also important to realize that should you need to make a claim on your policy (for medical expenses for example), it is most likely that you will personally have to pay any bills up front, at the time the service is provided. You will then have to make a claim against your insurance company when you get home. With this fact in mind we recommend to all our clients that they have enough funds available to cover any unexpected costs. Usually the best way to do this is to carry a credit card with a enough credit limit.
You can also purchase travel insurance via our website. We recommend World Nomads and you can follow the link to our trusted travel insurance partner, click here.
Namibia is a low-risk malarial destination, but we recommend that you seek professional medical advice to enable you to make decisions on personal malaria protection. Generally Northern Namibia, including Etosha National Park is higher Malaria risk than the Southern Parts of Namibia. Malaria risk is also higher during the rainy months from December till May. You should use an effective insect repellent on clothing and any exposed skin. Diethyltoluamide (DEET) is safe and the most effective insect repellent and can be sprayed on to clothes.
Local Names in Namibia include Peaceful Sleep and Bug Off. If you sleep outdoors or in an unscreened room, you should use mosquito nets impregnated with an insecticide (such as pyrethroid). The net should be long enough to fall to the floor all round your bed and be tucked under the mattress. If practical, you should try to cover up bare areas with long-sleeved, loose-fitting clothing, long trousers and socks – if you are outside after sunset – to reduce the risk of mosquitoes biting. And some local advice would be to drink a Gin and Tonic at Sunset.
Every season in Namibia has something special to offer and makes Namibia one of the few year-round destinations in the world. Summer is generally from October to May and during this time you can expect warm and sunny days. Average summer temperatures range from 15 degrees in the mornings and evenings and during the day around 35Degrees Celsius. This time is also what we would consider our rainy season.
However, rain comes in short periods and sometimes with days / months in between the next rainfall. We in Namibia love our rain, and we love this time of the year. After a few good thundershowers, the normally dry and yellow landscape changes into lush green and is a beautiful time of the year to visit Namibia. Autumn – we have a very short autumn in Namibia and the transition between Summer and Winter is normally not as visible as in Europe. June would be considered our Autumn month, as the temperatures then changes to the early 20 degrees Celsius during the day. Some colder days can be expected. Winter – July, August – During the winter we have lots of sunshine, and morning / evening temperatures can fall well below 10 degrees Celsius. The days generally do warm up to around 15 – 22 degrees Celsius, making our winter quite pleasant. Spring – September is what we consider Spring. This is when the cold is over and although sometimes there is a cold day here or there, it’s quite a pleasant month for travelling, as the temperatures rarely go above 30 degrees Celsius.
You can expect hot, wet summers and cooler, dry winters in Namibia. Generally, the days can be quite hot, and the evenings and early mornings can be remarkably cool. Comfortable, lightweight clothing for the daytime and a sweater or jacket for early mornings and evenings. Comfortable walking shoes and sandals. Protection against the sun – sunblock, hat, sunglasses, lip balm and moisturizing lotion. Flashlight (headlamp), binoculars and a good zoom lens camera with extra film or memory card. For electrical small appliances or chargers, a conversion plug to a three-pin type outlet. Swimsuit as most lodges and hotels have swimming pools. Insect repellent, rehydrating solutions or concentrates, diarrhea medication, malaria prophylaxis (if traveling in malaria areas), bandages, etc.
Warm jersey or fleece plus anorak or parka, Scarf, gloves and beanies/woolen hats for the cold winter months. Headlamp – Especially when going on the camping safaris Some flip flops that can be used when showering at Campsites Pillow – Although we provide comfortable camping mattresses and sleeping bags at extra costs, we do not provide pillows on our camping safaris. We advise bring along a small travelling pillow to make your sleeping even more comfortable. A 2 Liter Water Bottle. – Namibia is quite dry and during the hot summer months we recommend drinking a lot of water to prevent dehydration. Therefore, always keep water with you and make sure you stay hydrated.
The currency in used in Namibia is The Namibian Dollar, and you’ll receive currency in N$10, N$50, N$100 and N$200 notes and 50c, N$1 and N45 coins.
The Namibian Dollar (NAD or N$) is linked permanently (with a ratio of 1:1) to the South African Rand (ZAR), and South African Rand notes and coins are also legal tender in Namibia. As of 2015, NAD 100.00 is very roughly 5 GBP (£), 8 USD ($) or 7 EUR (€). Of course, values fluctuate, and different businesses will offer different exchange rates so please do make thorough checks before committing to any purchases!
To give you an idea of the affordability of the things you might want or need in Namibia, items typically cost as follows… in no order, we promise!
- Local beer: Namibia produces some fantastic beer and a bottle will cost you about NAD 15 – NAD 20.00 per beer (340ml)
- Wine: Namibia imports quite a good selection of wines from South Africa and a very drinkable bottle (750ml) will cost around NAD 60 – NAD 150.00
- Soft Drinks: A 500ml bottle of mineral water or branded, fizzy drink (Coca Cola, Pepsi, Fanta) is about NAD 10.00 per drink
- Restaurants: Prices will range according to the type of restaurant you visit, but most starters (entrees) range from about NAD 30 – NAD 70.00. Main courses will be around NAD 90 – NAD 150.00 per dish and desserts will be in the region of NAD 30 – NAD 70.00
- Sunscreen: Namibian sun can be quite harsh at times, so we recommend a good sunscreen, which will cost about NAD 150 -NAD 200.00. It’s a small price to pay for eternal beauty!
- Gas/Petrol: Of course, prices fluctuate but as of 2015, fuel will cost around NAD 11.50 per liter.
Tipping is commonly given for a service rendered by workers. If you feel that your tour guide has really gone the extra mile to make your safari a truly memorable experience, then please do feel free to show your gratitude with a tip! Our tipping guideline for the tour guides is approximately $100.00 per client, per day of safari. Please remember that tipping is at your own discretion and the above is just a guideline. Tipping is only if you feel your tour guide deserve it.
Whilst we hope that your trip will be chore free and totally relaxing, we understand that you may want to wash one or two items of clothing while out on safari!
If you’re on one of our scheduled, camping trips there will be laundry facilities (with washing machines) in the bigger towns such as Swakopmund and Windhoek. While out on the road, we recommend that you pack a bar or tube of laundry detergent that you’ll be able to use for smaller items of clothing at your campsite. With Namibia’s dry climate, items normally dry quite quickly overnight.
If you’re staying in lodges on your safari, the majority (but not all) will offer a laundry service. This will depend on the specific lodge / hotel. We suggest checking directly with your lodge or getting in touch with us if you have any specific questions.
Its guaranteed…!All our scheduled accommodated group safaris will depart with a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 8 guests. For all our scheduled camping safaris will depart with a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 8 guests but big groups are welcome. These trips are usually the most economical way of travelling.