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Travel Tips - Namibia

Getting Into Namibia

Please check with your nearest Namibia Consulate for up to date information.  All visitors are required to carry a passport that is valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. There should be sufficient blank pages for entry stamps upon arrival.   Please contact your local Namibian Embassy to establish whether a visa is required.

Time Zone

Namibia follows West Africa Time, or WAT, the time zone used in west-central Africa. The zone is one hour ahead of UTC, which makes it the same as Central European Time when CET is not observing daylight savings.

Currency

Both Namibian dollars and South African Rand are equal in value and are accepted as legal tender anywhere in Namibia. When departing Namibia, we recommend that any cash you take with you is in South African Rand as Namibian dollars are generally not easily exchanged outside of Namibia.

Money Matters

Banking hours
Weekdays: 9:00 – 15:30
Saturdays: 9:00 – 11:00
Sundays & public holidays: Closed

Credit cards
Visa and Master Card are usually accepted throughout Southern Africa, but American Express and Diners Club are not as widely accepted.

Tax & Customs
Value Added Tax (VAT) in Namibia is 15% all round. Bona fide tourists to Namibia are exempt from paying sales duty or excise duty on luxury items such as jewelery or Swakara (fur) garments.

Weather

For full details on climate, please see Best Time to Go.

Clothing

Comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year. It is certainly not necessary to bring a separate change of clothing for day and evening, and it is recommended that you keep luggage to a minimum for your own comfort and ease of transport, especially if you are using light aircraft transfers. The most practical items to pack for safari are:

  • Blouses with long sleeves (even in summer, they will protect you from the sun and the mosquitos)
  • Cotton t-shirts and tops
  • Shorts for the day. Jeans or chinos for evenings and cooler days
  • Fleece, sweater or warm jacket for game drives
  • Comfortable walking shoes (hiking boots are not necessary)
  • Sun block, sunglasses and hat
  • Camera, binoculars
  • Swimwear, as most hotels/lodges have swimming pools
  • A small alarm clock

Layers are most practical for the fluctuating day/night temperatures of Namibia. It is advisable that your clothing be as neutral as possible in the bush (beige and khaki is ideal). If you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, we recommend that you bring an extra pair of glasses or a copy of the prescription. Please note that all luxury hotels and most game lodges offer a same-day laundry service (some at additional charges).  This is a good reason not to pack too many clothes!

Tipping

Tipping is not compulsory. You are travelling on an independent itinerary and the cost of your program does not include gratuities. Tipping is a very personal matter and should only be considered when the staff have gone above and beyond for you. Should you feel you would like to acknowledge their service, please consider the following as a rough guide, per person per day.

Tour Director - 15
Driver / Guide (Half day) - 8
Driver / Guide (Full day) - 12
Hotel Porters - 5
Professional Guide -  15
Ranger - 15
Tracker - 8
Lodge staff - 12

Please note: Currency is in USD

The above tipping guidelines are recommendations only and are not compulsory. Please use your own discretion in tipping, based on quality of service.

Restaurants 
It is customary to add 10% to the bill in restaurants, if the service has been satisfactory.

Taxis
Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped but they appreciate the fare being rounded up.

Porterage 
If you are being transferred by an Abercrombie & Kent representative from the airport to a hotel, then porterage and tipping of porters is already included. You are not expected to tip the A&K representative. Porterage and tipping of porters for transfers from one hotel to another is as above.

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