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Student Adventure Northern Namibia

Our tour proposal is subject to availability.

Highlights: Windhoek, Etosha, Rundu, Mahango National Park, Waterberg, Omaruru, Na’ankuse

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights
Departure: On request
Pick-ups: Windhoek
Drop-off: Windhoek
Minimum Participants: 10 Pax
Maximum Participants: 35 Pax
Mode of transport: Air-conditioned vehicles
Prices: Available on request
Options: Standard version
Day 1 –  Arrival in Namibia

Arrival at the Windhoek International Airport. Meet and greet by your personal guide and transfer to Windhoek.

Check-in at your Backpackers where you will spend two nights.

In the afternon you will be picked up at your backpackers for a very interesting and informative city and township tour.

This Windhoek City Tour combines a detailed sight-seeing tour of Windhoek’s city centre and a visit to Katutura township. Visit historical buildings, monuments and cultural museums within Windhoek City Centre. We visit Christus Church, Tintenpalast (House of Parliament), Alte Fest (Old Fort) and Heinitzburg Castle. Have a panorama view of Windhoek from lover’s hill and visit the Namibian Craft Centre. From the city centre, we head to the old location cemetery in Hochland Park where we learn more about Katutura. Then we visit the Single Quarters Meat Market, Penduka Womens Projects, Mama Melba’s goat head restaurant and see the shack houses of Hakahana.

Fullboard basis, Paradisegarden Backpackers or similar

Paradisegarden offers accommodation in spacious 4 & 6 bed dormitories and in single or double rooms. For those who prefer to sleep in their own tents, there is also place available.

 

Day 2 – Windhoek

After a lovely breakfast we will be picked at our backpackers by our guide to visit universities in Windhoek and learn few backgrounds regarding education system in this country and also used this opportunity to exhange cultures.

The remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure or you can explore this cosmopolitan city on your own.

Fullboard basis, Paradisegarden Backpackers or similar

 

Day 3 – Windhoek – Etosha

Enjoy lovely breakfast at your backpackers before we continue our journey via Okahandja, Otjiwarongo and Outjo to Etosha Nationalpark.

We will be partaking on our first game viewing in the Etosha Nationalpark and leave the park at late afternoon and check-in at our resort situated outside the park.

Fullboard basis, Etosha Safari Camp or similar

 

Day 4 – Etosha National Park

We dedicate this day for a full day game drive in Etosha National Park. After Game viewing we return to our lodge situated outside the park.

What nicer place to come home to after an eventful day in Etosha. Relax and dine in the thatched main building with its open sides, allowing you to be close to nature and experience the ever present African sights, smells and sounds.

Fullboard basis, Etosha Safari Camp or similar

 

Day 5 – Etosha – Tsumeb

Another excitement day with the game viewing across the park. Late afternoon we will exit the von Lindequist gate and drive to Tsumeb to our hotel.

En route visit Lake Otjikoto.

In 1915, during the South West African Campaign, retreating German forces dumped their military equipment into Lake Otjikoto. Some of the cannons have been retrieved and can be viewed in the museum in Tsumeb. Many legends surround the lake. A favourite myth is that Otjikoto and its sister lake Guinas are bottomless. Shaped something like an upside-down mushroom, Otjikoto was formed when the roof of a huge dolomite cave collapsed. Stalactite samples taken from an underwater cave have been estimated to be about 80 000 years old. A rare, mouth-breeding species of fish is found in the lake’s depths.

The town of Tsumeb, gateway to the north, has been closely linked to the mining industry since 1905. The history of Tsumeb is depicted in the Tsumeb museum, where a comprehensive collection of rare minerals can be viewed. In the Khorab room a collection of restored cannons and other armaments, which were dumped into Lake Otjikoto by the German forces, are displayed.

Fullboard basis, Makalani Hotel or similar

 

Day 6 – Tsumeb – Rundu

After breakfast depart via Grootfontein and Rundu to our beautifully situated lodge.

A historic fort from the German era, built in 1896 houses the Grootfontein Museum. The city, which was built around the fort, is the last center to Rundu and the far northeast. The fountain, which gave rise to the town’s name, is closely encircled by the “Tree Park”, with its collection of exotic trees, planted by the South West African Company many years ago.

On our way we will visit the magnificient Hoba Meteorite.

The largest known meteorite in the world, the Hoba Meteorite, lies in a shallow depression on the farm Hoba-West about 20km west of Grootfontein. The 50t mass of nickel and iron, which is between 100 million and 300 million years old, crashed on earth some 30 000 to 80 000 years ago. Discovered by Jacobus Hermanus Brits in the 1920s, it was periodically subjected to vandalism.

Fullboard basis, Kavango River Lodge or similar

 

Day 7 – Rundu – Divundu

Today we will drive via Bagani and Divundu to our lodge.

En route we will stop at Popa Falls before proceeding to the lodge.

The name Popa Falls conjures up images of a raging waterfall, so little wonder that first-time visitors are disappointed when the “falls” turn out to be nothing more than a series of rapids. A quartzite ledge that obstructs the flow of the river across its 1,2 km width creates the rapids. Here, the river splits into numerous channels, separated by small islands, to form a series of cascades with a total drop of about 4 m.

This afternoon is dedicated for a game drive in an open vehicle through Mahango National park.

Fullboard basis, Rainbow River Lodge or similar

 

Day 8 – Divundu – Rundu – Roy’s Camp

After we have had our breakfast at the lodge, we will drive back direction to the south to reach our rustic Camp situated outside Grootfontein.

The remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure.

Fullboard basis, Roy’s Camp or similar

 

Day 9 – Roy’s Camp – Tsintabis – Grootfontein – Waterberg

An early breakfast before we depart to direction of Tsintsabis to visit bushmen village.

After our stunning experience with Bushmen we will travel back to Grootfontein and continue to Waterberg Camp.

Rising some 200m above a surrounding sea of African bush and savannah, the Waterberg Plateau park with its flamboyant brick-red sandstone formations and lush green vegetation, presents an island of vibrant colour. The 40 549 ha park, situated 60km east of Otjiwarongo, was proclaimed in 1972. It was originally created as a sanctuary for rare and endangered species found in the Caprivi, such as roan and sable antelope, tsessebe and cape buffalo. Today the park is home to some 25 game species, over 200 bird species and vegetation which changes dramatically from acacia savannah at the foot of the plateau to lush-green sub-tropical dry woodland with tall trees and grassy plains at the top.

Fullboard basis, Waterberg Camp or similar

 

Day 10 –  Waterberg – Omaruru

Our journey will takes us today via Otjiwarongo and Kalkveld to Omaruru.

In 1870 a Swedish traveler and hunter, Axel Eriksson, made Omaruru the headquarters of his trading ventures. In the same year a mission station was established on the banks of the Omaruru River and the mission house, the oldest house in the town, now functions as the local museum, which displays early missionaries, an antique cool drink machine and farming implements, etc. In Herero, Omaruru means “bitter curd” – a reference to the bitter taste of the milk produced by cows, which have eaten the bitter bush.

Arrival in Omaruru and check-in at our hotel.

Fullboard basis, Kashana Namibia or similar

 

 Day 11 & 12 – Omaruru – Na’ankuse Lodge

After a hearty breakfast we will leave Omaruru behind and continue via Wilhelmstal, Okahandja and Windhoek to Na’ankuse Lodge.

Directly north of Windhoek lies Okahandja, a town of great significance to the Herero because it was the seat of Chief Samuel Maharero. Every year in August thousands of Hereros gather here for a pilgrimage to pay homage at the graves of their great chiefs. Okahandja is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north. They practise their ancient skills at the Mbanguru Woodcarvers Market.

We will spend two nights at this beatufiful lodge where our memorable Namibias safari will end.

During our stay you will have a closer relationship with the cheetahs during the feedings.

Fullboard basis, Na’ankuse Lodge or similar

 

Day 13 – Departure

Transfer to the Windhoek International Airport and flight back home.

Tourists should book accommodation well in advance, especially for school holidays, when demand peaks. Please note, that not all accommodation establishments accept children under the age of 12 years or 16 years. Please check if you intend taking children.

Select one, preferred type of accommodation or we can design tailor-made, mixed-accommodation tour:

  • two/three-star lodges
  • luxury lodges and hotels
  • camping/tented

Double rooms with an option of a single supplement. Air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms. Camping tour: tented accommodation in 2-persons tents.

 
Included in the tour’s price:
Not included in the tour’s price:
Overland Safari TruckFuel
Qualified professional Driverguide = 1 Person
Accommodation
Accommodation & Meals for the Guide
Meals (as per itinerary)
Park entrance fees as per itinerary
Activities as indicated in the itinerary
Water on board
Porterage
Passenger Liability’
15% VAT
2% Tourism Levy
 All expenses of personal nature
Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
All meals not mentioned above
Drinks at lodges and on road
All optional excursions and activities
Airport transfers
Tips for tour guides
International flights and airport taxes
Items not mentioned in the itinerary
Climate

Winter (May to September) Temperatures in the interior range from 18˚C to 25˚C during the day. Below freezing temperatures and ground frosts are common at night.

Summer (October to April) Average interior temperatures range from 20˚C to 34˚C during the day .Temperatures above 40˚C is often recorded in the extreme north and south of the country.

The coast influenced by the cold Benguela current, boasts a relatively stable range of 15˚C to 25˚C. Heavy fog is fairly common at night.

Humidity is generally very low in most parts of Namibia, but it can reach as high as 80% in the extreme north during summer.

The rainy season is from October to April. Average annual rainfall varies from less than 50mm along the coast to 350 mm in the central interior and 700 mm in the Caprivi. The sporadic rains do not affect road travel significantly, however, tourists should exercise caution when crossing or camping in riverbeds during the rainy season, as flash floods are common.

Visitors should pack both warm and cold weather clothing for any visit to Namibia. Windhoek boasts a number of excellent safari outfitters and tourists are advised to shop for clothing upon arrival. Hats, sunglasses, lip balm, moisturizer and sunblock are essential when visiting Namibia.

 

Drinking Water

Tap water is safe and palatable in Namibia, unless specifically stated at particular location. Tourists travelling by road are advised to carry sufficient water at all times. Mineral water and ice are readily available at most service stations and shops.

 

Credit cards

We accept major credit cards such as Credit/Debit Card: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services, which may be available. Please note, service stations do not accept credit for petrol. Plan accordingly.

 

Currency

The Namibia Dollar (N$) and the South African Rand are the only legal tender in Namibia. The two currencies are on par. Foreign currency, travellers and personal cheques can be converted to the Namibian Dollar at any bank or Bureau de Change.

 

Duty Free Import

Visitors may import duty free 400 Cigarettes or 50 Cigars or 250g Pipe Tobacco, 2 litres Wine, 1 litre Spirit or other alcoholic beverages, 50 ml Perfume, 250 ml Toiletry Water.

 

Electrical Appliances

All run on 220/240 volts. Outlets are of the round 3 pin, 15 amp type.

 

Firearms

Handguns are not permitted in Namibia. Only properly licensed hunting rifles with valid permits for Namibia are permitted. Licenses and permits should be applied for well in advance, as attempting to do so at the border is a lengthy process. Hunting rifles are not permitted in Botswana, and have to be carried sealed if in transit to Namibia. All arms and ammunition should be declared even if in possession of a valid South African permit.

 

Health

Medical services in Namibia are of a very high standard. However, the availability of most services is restricted to the main towns. Emergencies and accidents occurring in remote areas do attract a high cost when transport to the main towns is required. Host establishments should be able to organize these services when requested.

The north of Namibia, including Etosha National Park, is a malaria-endemic area. Travellers are advised to have the necessary medication/prophylaxis and also carry insect repellents and sprays. Please consult a local doctor or pharmacist on the correct prophylactics for the specific area of entry. Blood in Namibia is donated by selected, unpaid volunteer. The Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia screens all blood products for transmissible diseases including hepatitis and AIDS. An insurance service for tourists is available from rescue companies providing one to three months coverage for emergency transport.

 

Language

The official language is English. All documents, notices and signs are in this language. Afrikaans and German are both widely used.

 

Personal Safety

Tourists in any country are a preferred target. Be on the alert for handbag snatchers and pickpockets. Exercise caution by keeping your vehicle locked, never leaving valuable/bags visible in the vehicle, using registered “car guards” when parking in towns. Leave cameras, electronic equipment, tickets passports and excess cash in the safe at your hotel when out sightseeing.

It is fairly safe, especially in a group, to walk in the city centre at night. Avoid unlit areas. Ensure that valuables and personal effects are adequately insured.

 

Public Transport

For transfers between Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport and the city, you can book with a shuttle operator; alternatively use one of the airport registered taxis. A number of companies operate bus services between main towns in Namibia and destinations in South Africa and Victoria Falls. They include Intercape Mainliner, Ekonolux, Town Hoppers and Baileys Transport.

Travel by train is possible up to Walvisbay in the west. Ondangwa in the north, Karasburg in the south and Gobabis in the east.

 

Time

Standard from the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April, Namibia reverts to GMT/UTC +2. The Caprivi Region stays on the same time as Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Namibian border posts with Botswana and South Africa adjust their operating hours to their neighbours’ time i.e. GMT/UTC +2. Daylight Saving: GMT/UTC +1 during winter starts from the first Sunday in April, and ends on the first Sunday in September.

 

VAT

All goods and services are priced to include VAT. Visitors may claim back VAT for goods purchased in Namibia at the Customs and Excise offices. Department of inland Revenue, in Windhoek. Further details can be obtained from the Ministry of Finance Information Centre by calling (02641) 2092642 or (026461) 2092644.

 

VISA Requirements

All visitors require a passport for entry into Namibia, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in the county, and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps. All visitors must also have a valid return ticket.

Validity:
Visas are valid up to three months from the date of issue for stays of up to three months from date of entry. Extensions for a further three months are available from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Windhoek.

Applications
Consulate (or Consular section at High Commission); see Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Application Requirements:
(a) Valid passport
(b) Completed application form
(c) Two passport-size photos
(d) Return or onward ticket or proof of accommodation
(e) Fee
Private: (a)-(e) and, (f) Letter of invitation from Namibian resident.
Business: (a)-(e) and, (f) Company letter (g) Letter from sponsoring company in Namibia

Temporary Residence Permit:
Apply to the High Commission or Embassy; see Namibian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

* Please note that a minimum of three working days are required for processing applications

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Duration: 13 days / 12 nights
Departure: On request
Pick-ups: Windhoek
Drop-off: Windhoek
Minimum Participants: 10 Pax
Maximum Participants: 35 Pax
Mode of transport: Air-conditioned vehicles
Prices: Available on request
Options: Standard version
Day 1 –  Arrival in Namibia

Arrival at the Windhoek International Airport. Meet and greet by your personal guide and transfer to Windhoek.

Check-in at your Backpackers where you will spend two nights.

In the afternon you will be picked up at your backpackers for a very interesting and informative city and township tour.

This Windhoek City Tour combines a detailed sight-seeing tour of Windhoek’s city centre and a visit to Katutura township. Visit historical buildings, monuments and cultural museums within Windhoek City Centre. We visit Christus Church, Tintenpalast (House of Parliament), Alte Fest (Old Fort) and Heinitzburg Castle. Have a panorama view of Windhoek from lover’s hill and visit the Namibian Craft Centre. From the city centre, we head to the old location cemetery in Hochland Park where we learn more about Katutura. Then we visit the Single Quarters Meat Market, Penduka Womens Projects, Mama Melba’s goat head restaurant and see the shack houses of Hakahana.

Fullboard basis, Paradisegarden Backpackers or similar

Paradisegarden offers accommodation in spacious 4 & 6 bed dormitories and in single or double rooms. For those who prefer to sleep in their own tents, there is also place available.

 

Day 2 – Windhoek

After a lovely breakfast we will be picked at our backpackers by our guide to visit universities in Windhoek and learn few backgrounds regarding education system in this country and also used this opportunity to exhange cultures.

The remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure or you can explore this cosmopolitan city on your own.

Fullboard basis, Paradisegarden Backpackers or similar

 

Day 3 – Windhoek – Etosha

Enjoy lovely breakfast at your backpackers before we continue our journey via Okahandja, Otjiwarongo and Outjo to Etosha Nationalpark.

We will be partaking on our first game viewing in the Etosha Nationalpark and leave the park at late afternoon and check-in at our resort situated outside the park.

Fullboard basis, Etosha Safari Camp or similar

 

Day 4 – Etosha National Park

We dedicate this day for a full day game drive in Etosha National Park. After Game viewing we return to our lodge situated outside the park.

What nicer place to come home to after an eventful day in Etosha. Relax and dine in the thatched main building with its open sides, allowing you to be close to nature and experience the ever present African sights, smells and sounds.

Fullboard basis, Etosha Safari Camp or similar

 

Day 5 – Etosha – Tsumeb

Another excitement day with the game viewing across the park. Late afternoon we will exit the von Lindequist gate and drive to Tsumeb to our hotel.

En route visit Lake Otjikoto.

In 1915, during the South West African Campaign, retreating German forces dumped their military equipment into Lake Otjikoto. Some of the cannons have been retrieved and can be viewed in the museum in Tsumeb. Many legends surround the lake. A favourite myth is that Otjikoto and its sister lake Guinas are bottomless. Shaped something like an upside-down mushroom, Otjikoto was formed when the roof of a huge dolomite cave collapsed. Stalactite samples taken from an underwater cave have been estimated to be about 80 000 years old. A rare, mouth-breeding species of fish is found in the lake’s depths.

The town of Tsumeb, gateway to the north, has been closely linked to the mining industry since 1905. The history of Tsumeb is depicted in the Tsumeb museum, where a comprehensive collection of rare minerals can be viewed. In the Khorab room a collection of restored cannons and other armaments, which were dumped into Lake Otjikoto by the German forces, are displayed.

Fullboard basis, Makalani Hotel or similar

 

Day 6 – Tsumeb – Rundu

After breakfast depart via Grootfontein and Rundu to our beautifully situated lodge.

A historic fort from the German era, built in 1896 houses the Grootfontein Museum. The city, which was built around the fort, is the last center to Rundu and the far northeast. The fountain, which gave rise to the town’s name, is closely encircled by the “Tree Park”, with its collection of exotic trees, planted by the South West African Company many years ago.

On our way we will visit the magnificient Hoba Meteorite.

The largest known meteorite in the world, the Hoba Meteorite, lies in a shallow depression on the farm Hoba-West about 20km west of Grootfontein. The 50t mass of nickel and iron, which is between 100 million and 300 million years old, crashed on earth some 30 000 to 80 000 years ago. Discovered by Jacobus Hermanus Brits in the 1920s, it was periodically subjected to vandalism.

Fullboard basis, Kavango River Lodge or similar

 

Day 7 – Rundu – Divundu

Today we will drive via Bagani and Divundu to our lodge.

En route we will stop at Popa Falls before proceeding to the lodge.

The name Popa Falls conjures up images of a raging waterfall, so little wonder that first-time visitors are disappointed when the “falls” turn out to be nothing more than a series of rapids. A quartzite ledge that obstructs the flow of the river across its 1,2 km width creates the rapids. Here, the river splits into numerous channels, separated by small islands, to form a series of cascades with a total drop of about 4 m.

This afternoon is dedicated for a game drive in an open vehicle through Mahango National park.

Fullboard basis, Rainbow River Lodge or similar

 

Day 8 – Divundu – Rundu – Roy’s Camp

After we have had our breakfast at the lodge, we will drive back direction to the south to reach our rustic Camp situated outside Grootfontein.

The remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure.

Fullboard basis, Roy’s Camp or similar

 

Day 9 – Roy’s Camp – Tsintabis – Grootfontein – Waterberg

An early breakfast before we depart to direction of Tsintsabis to visit bushmen village.

After our stunning experience with Bushmen we will travel back to Grootfontein and continue to Waterberg Camp.

Rising some 200m above a surrounding sea of African bush and savannah, the Waterberg Plateau park with its flamboyant brick-red sandstone formations and lush green vegetation, presents an island of vibrant colour. The 40 549 ha park, situated 60km east of Otjiwarongo, was proclaimed in 1972. It was originally created as a sanctuary for rare and endangered species found in the Caprivi, such as roan and sable antelope, tsessebe and cape buffalo. Today the park is home to some 25 game species, over 200 bird species and vegetation which changes dramatically from acacia savannah at the foot of the plateau to lush-green sub-tropical dry woodland with tall trees and grassy plains at the top.

Fullboard basis, Waterberg Camp or similar

 

Day 10 –  Waterberg – Omaruru

Our journey will takes us today via Otjiwarongo and Kalkveld to Omaruru.

In 1870 a Swedish traveler and hunter, Axel Eriksson, made Omaruru the headquarters of his trading ventures. In the same year a mission station was established on the banks of the Omaruru River and the mission house, the oldest house in the town, now functions as the local museum, which displays early missionaries, an antique cool drink machine and farming implements, etc. In Herero, Omaruru means “bitter curd” – a reference to the bitter taste of the milk produced by cows, which have eaten the bitter bush.

Arrival in Omaruru and check-in at our hotel.

Fullboard basis, Kashana Namibia or similar

 

 Day 11 & 12 – Omaruru – Na’ankuse Lodge

After a hearty breakfast we will leave Omaruru behind and continue via Wilhelmstal, Okahandja and Windhoek to Na’ankuse Lodge.

Directly north of Windhoek lies Okahandja, a town of great significance to the Herero because it was the seat of Chief Samuel Maharero. Every year in August thousands of Hereros gather here for a pilgrimage to pay homage at the graves of their great chiefs. Okahandja is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north. They practise their ancient skills at the Mbanguru Woodcarvers Market.

We will spend two nights at this beatufiful lodge where our memorable Namibias safari will end.

During our stay you will have a closer relationship with the cheetahs during the feedings.

Fullboard basis, Na’ankuse Lodge or similar

 

Day 13 – Departure

Transfer to the Windhoek International Airport and flight back home.

Tourists should book accommodation well in advance, especially for school holidays, when demand peaks. Please note, that not all accommodation establishments accept children under the age of 12 years or 16 years. Please check if you intend taking children.

Select one, preferred type of accommodation or we can design tailor-made, mixed-accommodation tour:

  • two/three-star lodges
  • luxury lodges and hotels
  • camping/tented

Double rooms with an option of a single supplement. Air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms. Camping tour: tented accommodation in 2-persons tents.

 
Included in the tour’s price:
Overland Safari TruckFuel
Qualified professional Driverguide = 1 Person
Accommodation
Accommodation & Meals for the Guide
Meals (as per itinerary)
Park entrance fees as per itinerary
Activities as indicated in the itinerary
Water on board
Porterage
Passenger Liability’
15% VAT
2% Tourism Levy
Not included in the tour’s price:
All expenses of personal nature
Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
All meals not mentioned above
Drinks at lodges and on road
All optional excursions and activities
Airport transfers
Tips for tour guides
International flights and airport taxes
Items not mentioned in the itinerary
Climate

Winter (May to September) Temperatures in the interior range from 18˚C to 25˚C during the day. Below freezing temperatures and ground frosts are common at night.

Summer (October to April) Average interior temperatures range from 20˚C to 34˚C during the day .Temperatures above 40˚C is often recorded in the extreme north and south of the country.

The coast influenced by the cold Benguela current, boasts a relatively stable range of 15˚C to 25˚C. Heavy fog is fairly common at night.

Humidity is generally very low in most parts of Namibia, but it can reach as high as 80% in the extreme north during summer.

The rainy season is from October to April. Average annual rainfall varies from less than 50mm along the coast to 350 mm in the central interior and 700 mm in the Caprivi. The sporadic rains do not affect road travel significantly, however, tourists should exercise caution when crossing or camping in riverbeds during the rainy season, as flash floods are common.

Visitors should pack both warm and cold weather clothing for any visit to Namibia. Windhoek boasts a number of excellent safari outfitters and tourists are advised to shop for clothing upon arrival. Hats, sunglasses, lip balm, moisturizer and sunblock are essential when visiting Namibia.

 

Drinking Water

Tap water is safe and palatable in Namibia, unless specifically stated at particular location. Tourists travelling by road are advised to carry sufficient water at all times. Mineral water and ice are readily available at most service stations and shops.

 

Credit cards

We accept major credit cards such as Credit/Debit Card: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services, which may be available. Please note, service stations do not accept credit for petrol. Plan accordingly.

 

Currency

The Namibia Dollar (N$) and the South African Rand are the only legal tender in Namibia. The two currencies are on par. Foreign currency, travellers and personal cheques can be converted to the Namibian Dollar at any bank or Bureau de Change.

 

Duty Free Import

Visitors may import duty free 400 Cigarettes or 50 Cigars or 250g Pipe Tobacco, 2 litres Wine, 1 litre Spirit or other alcoholic beverages, 50 ml Perfume, 250 ml Toiletry Water.

 

Electrical Appliances

All run on 220/240 volts. Outlets are of the round 3 pin, 15 amp type.

 

Firearms

Handguns are not permitted in Namibia. Only properly licensed hunting rifles with valid permits for Namibia are permitted. Licenses and permits should be applied for well in advance, as attempting to do so at the border is a lengthy process. Hunting rifles are not permitted in Botswana, and have to be carried sealed if in transit to Namibia. All arms and ammunition should be declared even if in possession of a valid South African permit.

 

Health

Medical services in Namibia are of a very high standard. However, the availability of most services is restricted to the main towns. Emergencies and accidents occurring in remote areas do attract a high cost when transport to the main towns is required. Host establishments should be able to organize these services when requested.

The north of Namibia, including Etosha National Park, is a malaria-endemic area. Travellers are advised to have the necessary medication/prophylaxis and also carry insect repellents and sprays. Please consult a local doctor or pharmacist on the correct prophylactics for the specific area of entry. Blood in Namibia is donated by selected, unpaid volunteer. The Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia screens all blood products for transmissible diseases including hepatitis and AIDS. An insurance service for tourists is available from rescue companies providing one to three months coverage for emergency transport.

 

Language

The official language is English. All documents, notices and signs are in this language. Afrikaans and German are both widely used.

 

Personal Safety

Tourists in any country are a preferred target. Be on the alert for handbag snatchers and pickpockets. Exercise caution by keeping your vehicle locked, never leaving valuable/bags visible in the vehicle, using registered “car guards” when parking in towns. Leave cameras, electronic equipment, tickets passports and excess cash in the safe at your hotel when out sightseeing.

It is fairly safe, especially in a group, to walk in the city centre at night. Avoid unlit areas. Ensure that valuables and personal effects are adequately insured.

 

Public Transport

For transfers between Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport and the city, you can book with a shuttle operator; alternatively use one of the airport registered taxis. A number of companies operate bus services between main towns in Namibia and destinations in South Africa and Victoria Falls. They include Intercape Mainliner, Ekonolux, Town Hoppers and Baileys Transport.

Travel by train is possible up to Walvisbay in the west. Ondangwa in the north, Karasburg in the south and Gobabis in the east.

 

Time

Standard from the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April, Namibia reverts to GMT/UTC +2. The Caprivi Region stays on the same time as Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Namibian border posts with Botswana and South Africa adjust their operating hours to their neighbours’ time i.e. GMT/UTC +2. Daylight Saving: GMT/UTC +1 during winter starts from the first Sunday in April, and ends on the first Sunday in September.

 

VAT

All goods and services are priced to include VAT. Visitors may claim back VAT for goods purchased in Namibia at the Customs and Excise offices. Department of inland Revenue, in Windhoek. Further details can be obtained from the Ministry of Finance Information Centre by calling (02641) 2092642 or (026461) 2092644.

 

VISA Requirements

All visitors require a passport for entry into Namibia, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in the county, and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps. All visitors must also have a valid return ticket.

Validity:
Visas are valid up to three months from the date of issue for stays of up to three months from date of entry. Extensions for a further three months are available from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Windhoek.

Applications
Consulate (or Consular section at High Commission); see Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Application Requirements:
(a) Valid passport
(b) Completed application form
(c) Two passport-size photos
(d) Return or onward ticket or proof of accommodation
(e) Fee
Private: (a)-(e) and, (f) Letter of invitation from Namibian resident.
Business: (a)-(e) and, (f) Company letter (g) Letter from sponsoring company in Namibia

Temporary Residence Permit:
Apply to the High Commission or Embassy; see Namibian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

* Please note that a minimum of three working days are required for processing applications

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