|How to get to Namibia||
There are bus services between Cape Town & Windhoek, Johannesburg & Windhoek and Livingstone (Zambia) & Windhoek. Contact us for timing and bus fares.
operates as many as 30 border posts with the neighbouring countries of
Angola, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa.
The border posts of Ariamsvlei/Nakop and Noordoewer/Vioolsdrift are open 24 hrs. The other border posts have specific opening hours, generally between 6 am and 6 pm but you can contact us for detailed information.
When planning on travelling outside Namibia with a rental car, you need to check with the rental company to which countries the car is allowed. The rental company must provide you with proof of ownership/letter of authorisation and a police clearance certificate. Third party insurance is required for traveling in some neighbouring countries e.g. Botswana and may be purchased at the border posts.
|Water / wood||Tap
water is safe and potable, unless specifically stated at particular
locations. Visitors should ensure that they have sufficient
(drinking) water when travelling by road. Mineral water is available
at most stores.
Wood is scarce and it is not allowed to gather wood for fire. Fire wood can be bought at most supermarkets and petrol stations.
|Road travel / petrol||In
Namibia we drive on the left side of the road.
The speedlimit is 60 km/hour in urban areas, 100 km/h on gravel roads (max 80 km/h recommended) and 120 km/h on tarred roads outside urban areas.
All passengers must wear seat belts and drivers are required to have their original driving licences at all times. If your driving licence is not inc English, please bring an international driving licence as well.
When driving special attention should be paid to warning signs of animals as they often graze alongside the roads and can be unpredictable. Avoid driving at night ! It is extremely dangerous.
Fuel is available throughout the country but refuel as often as possible in remote areas as the petrol stations there do not always receive regular fuel supplies.
Currently 1 liter of petrol costs ± N$7.00
|Do not forget||sunblock, aftersun, hat, sunglasses, torch, binoculars, mosquito repellent|
north of Namibia, including Etosha, is a malaria-endemic area. Some
areas (along the northern borders/rivers, Khaudum and Waterberg) are
permanent malaria areas. In the other areas (Kaokoland, Etosha
towards Waterberg and further east) malaria mosquitoes occur between
November and June.
Travellers are advised to have the necessary medication/prophylaxis and to carry insect repellents and sprays. Remember your most important protection is physical protection : clothing that covers you and insect repellent.
|Credit card facilities||Major
credit cards such as MasterCard and VISA are accepted throughtout the
country (restaurants, hotels,...). However vendors in remote areas
and petrol stations outside the major towns only accept cash.
In the major towns you will find ATM distributors. At banks you can change cash or withdraw money with your credit card. Banks are open from 9 am till 3.30 pm on weekdays and from 9 till 10.30 am on Saturdays.
Namibia is now serviced by automatic telephone exchanges with public
phones. Some are satelite systems.
The international code when calling from Namibia is 00 + country code. The country code of Namibia is ++264.
Cell phone (Mobile) coverage is available in Namibia but limited to major towns only (± 30 km around the towns). International roaming agreements with many countries are in place.
|Electrical appliances||Electrical appliances run on 220 volts. Outlets are of the round 3 pin, 15 amps. type. Adaptors can be bought in most supermarkets.|
|Tipping in restaurants||Service
is not included in the prices. A tip between 5 and 10% is standard, except if you
find the service very bad.
In towns you will see people wearing fluorescent jackets near parkings, offering to watch your car. Generally you can pay them from N$1 per half hour.
When leaving your car unattended, make sure no luggage can be seen from the outside. Avoid creating an opportunity for crime.
|Sossusvlei shuttle service||The last 5 km to Sossusvlei require a 4x4. However, there is a shuttle service for visitors with 2x4 cars. The shuttle leaves from the 2x4 parking and operating hours are displayed. Seats do not have to be booked in advance but if you travel in a big group, prebooking is advisable. Price: ± N$100 per person return.|
|Permit Welwitschia drive||A permit for the Namib (Welwitschia drive) can be obtained at Namibia Wildlife Resorts in Windhoek (Independence Avenue), at the Sesriem office and in Swakopmund at the Ministry of Environment & Tourism (Bismarck Street).|
|Public Holidays 2003||1 Jan New Years Day||25 May Africa Day|
|21 Mar Independence Day||29 May Ascencion Day|
|Good Friday||26 Aug Heroe's Day|
|Easter Monday||10 Dec Human Right's Day|
|1 May Worker's Day||25 Dec Christmas Day|
|4 May Cassinga day||26 Dec Family Day|
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.