Malaria

When traveling in Namibia, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling. For more information on malaria in Namibia, see malaria in Namibia.

Vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Visa

To enter Namibia, a passport valid for six months from date of entry with one blank page is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. If you require a visa, you must have at least three blank pages in your passport.

Visas:
Visas for Namibia are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to three months if visiting Namibia on holiday except:

1. Nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, who do require a visa.

All visitors travelling to Namibia for business purposes require a visa. Business travellers from countries that have a visa exemption agreement with Namibia are issued a business visa on arrival, free of charge. Other business travellers must arrange a visa in advance.

Visa note:
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the high commission/embassy for visa requirements for Namibia.
Visa-exempt nationals may only stay in Namibia for a maximum of three months in a calendar year.

Drinking Water & Food

Namibias drinking water is generally very clean and drinkable. However we advise that rather bottled water is consumed.

Unclean food and water can cause travelers' diarrhea and other diseases. Reduce your risk by sticking to safe food and water habits.

Eat

  • Food that is cooked and served hot
  • Hard-cooked eggs
  • Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
  • Pasteurized dairy products

Drink

  • Bottled water that is sealed
  • Water that has been disinfected
  • Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Hot coffee or tea
  • Pasteurized milk
  • Best travelling time Namibia

Namibia can be visited throughout the year. The climate is generally dry and pleasant. Namibia only receives a fraction of the rain experienced by countries further east. Between December to March, some days will be humid and rain may follow, often in localized, afternoon thunderstorms. Wildlife viewing in all parks, but especially in Etosha, is best in the Dry season from June to October. In the Wet season, animals move away from the waterholes and scatter around the park.

Safety

Namibia is one of the safest countries in Africa. However the crime rate is higher than in typical European countries.

It’s also a huge country with a very sparse population, and even the capital, Windhoek, is more like a provincial town than an urban jungle. Unfortunately however, crime is on the rise in the larger cities, in particular Windhoek, but a little street sense will go a long way here.

Theft isn’t rife in Namibia, but Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Tsumeb and Grootfontein have problems with petty theft and muggings, so it’s sensible to conceal your valuables, not leave anything in your car, and avoid walking alone at night. It’s also prudent – and sensitive – to avoid walking around cities and towns bedecked in expensive jewellery, watches and cameras. Most hotels provide a safe or secure place for valuables, although you should be cautious of the security at some budget places.

Never leave a safari-packed vehicle anywhere in Windhoek or Swakopmund, other than in a guarded car park or private parking lot.

Theft from campsites can also be a problem, particularly near urban areas. Locking up your tent may help, but anything left unattended is still at risk.

Insurance

We all like to think that our holidays will be fun and trouble free, unfortunately on occasion the unexpected happens, and at times like those it is good to know that you are adequately covered by you travel insurance.

You should ensure that your travel insurance covers you for delays & cancellations as well as medical expenses and lost luggage. Many of the scheduled tours we offer require you to furnish proof of medical coverage / evacuation coverage before you will be allowed to embark on the tour. However even if you are self-driving it makes a lot of sense to be covered.

To make things easier we have provided information and the ability to get instant online quotations from a few insurers who cover Namibia.

General

Further information can be found under:
https://www.expertafrica.com/namibia/info/namibia-general-information
http://www.info-namibia.com/info/general-information
Should you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact us. We will happily assist you.

Additional services

We also provide the following vehicles together with a tour guide

Vehicle Price Extra Costs
Double-cab Bakkie €250 per day Client to pay driver's accommodation
15 Seater Bus €400 per day Client to pay driver's accommodation and meals