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With its well-developed infrastructure, some of the best tourist facilities in Africa and an impressive list of natural wonders, touring Namibia is an absolute pleasure. Visit the capital of Windhoek and the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund to discover remnants of the country’s German influence. To properly appreciate this extraordinary country, you also have to venture out of the main cities to explore the remarkable natural landscapes. These include the impressive Fish River Canyon Park, the vast Etosha National Park, the hauntingly beautiful Kalahari Desert, and of course, the Namib Desert stretching along the Atlantic coastline. Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful, untamed wilderness.
Banking and Currency
Namibia uses the Namibian Dollar (N$), which is linked on a one-to-one exchange with the South African Rand. The Rand is legal tender in Namibia, but the N$ cannot be used in South Africa. If you are wishing to purchase currency before arriving in Namibia, it is easiest to buy Rand as the Namibian Dollar is seldom available in banks outside of Namibia.
Banks are found in most towns, and are generally open from 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays. Banks are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Most of them offer foreign exchange services – with cash, bank and credit cards as well as travellers cheques. You can also obtain cash from many of the ATMs. Several international banks have branches in main city centres.
Travel, Transport and Getting Around
Public transport in Namibia is geared towards the needs of the local populace, and is confined to main roads between major population centres. Although cheap and reliable, it is of little use to the traveller as most of Namibia’s tourist attractions lie off the beaten track.
It is easy to travel around Namibia by car, and a 2WD vehicle is perfectly adequate for most journeys. However, long distances, poor mobile phone coverage outside of main towns and infrequent petrol stations that only accept cash mean that planning ahead is vital.
There are major airlines that fly into Windhoek and Swakopmund. Other destinations are reachable by car or charter flight.
Namibians drive on the left and all signposts are in English. Seat belts must be worn at all times and talking on a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. The general speed limit is 120km/h on tarred roads outside of towns and 100km/h on gravel roads. In built up areas, the speed limit is 60km/h.
Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice
Most dishes served at restaurants and hotels tend to be European in style and are generally of a very high standard.
Namibia is very meat-orientated, and most menu options will feature steaks from various animals. There is usually a vegetarian and seafood section offered by most camps and restaurants.
The water in Namibia's main towns is generally safe to drink, though it may taste a little metallic if it has been piped for miles. Natural sources should usually be purified, though water from underground springs and dry riverbeds seldom causes any problems. Filtered and bottled water are readily available in most towns and all camps, lodges and hotels.
Climate and Weather
Partially covered by the Namib Desert, Namibia's climate is generally very dry and pleasant, making it a year-round destination. Between December to March, the climate becomes very humid and rain may follow, often in localised afternoon thunderstorms. These are more common in the centre and east of the country, and more unusual in the desert.
April and May are lovely months in Namibia. Increasingly dry, with a real freshness in the air, and much greenery in the landscape; at this time the air is clear and largely free from dust.
From June to August, Namibia cools down and dries out more. Nights can become cold, dropping below freezing in some desert areas. As the landscape dries so the game in the north of the country gravitates more to waterholes, and is more easily seen by visitors.
By September and October, the temperature warms up again. This is when game-viewing in most areas is at its best, although there's often a lot of dust around and the vegetation has lost its vibrancy.
November is a highly variable month. Sometimes the hot, dry weather will continue, at other times the sky will fill with clouds and threaten to rain. If you're lucky enough to witness the first rains of the season, you'll never forget the beautiful drama.
Clothing and Dress Recommendations
Namibians have a somewhat relaxed attitude to dress codes. A jacket and tie is very unusual. In fact, long trousers and a shirt with buttons are often quite adequate for a formal occasion. A pair of sensible shoes, jeans and a t-shirt is recommended.
During the day it is generally hot, so pack light-weight, loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics. Avoid blue clothing as the tsetse flies are drawn to the colour blue. Long sleeved shirts and long trousers will protect you against mosquitoes at night.
Electricity and Plug Standards
Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical appliances.