Important notes and information for your Namibia vacation
Medical care is generally good, especially in the larger cities. The private clinics in Windhoek, Otjiwarongo and Swakopmund in particular have a good reputation. Most doctors, however, are general practitioners. Specialists are rare in the country, so you have to go to Cape Town. The best private clinic in Windhoek: Mediclinic, Heliodor Street, Klein-Windhoek, Tel 061-222687. Medical air ambulance service: International SOS: 061 230 505/081 707, Emed 24: 061 299 99 24/081 924. The well-stocked pharmacies in the larger cities have most of the medicines. You should not drink the water from the pipes in Namibia unless it is water that is extracted from boreholes. Bottled water for drinking is generally recommended.
For maps and travel information you can contact the Namibia Tourism Board in Frankfurt at any time.
Namibia Tourism Board
Schiller Street. 42-44
60313 Frankfurt / M
Tel: 069 – 133 7360
The Namibian banks exchange all freely convertible foreign exchange and travelers’ checks for Namibia dollars. The Windhoek airport has a branch of the “Bank Windhoek”, so that an exchange when entering there e.g. is recommended. At all major bank branches there are ATMs (ATM = Automatic Teller Machine) where you can withdraw money with your credit card – sometimes also with Maestro (formerly EC card) – this is also the cheapest option. Banks are usually open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. The Namibia Dollar is pegged to the South African rand.
Tourists from Europe only need a valid passport for a maximum stay of 90 days (valid for at least 6 months after the return date). Special regulations apply to longer stays. It is very important that the passport has at least 3 completely free pages for the entry stamp. The entry stamp (Visitor Entry Permit) should be checked for the correct stay dates directly upon entry so that there are no misunderstandings when leaving. For children up to the age of 16, an entry in their parents’ passport or a children’s ID with a picture is sufficient.
For more information, please contact the diplomatic mission in Germany.
Wichmannstraße. 5, 2nd floor
Tel: 030 – 254 0950
The voltage in Namibia is 220-240 volts AC. Sockets have three poles and are identical to the South African ones. You can buy adapters on site in almost every supermarket. On farms, the power supply is often ensured by diesel generators. Most of the time, they only run during the day. At night there are candles or lights from the 12 volt battery.
There is food in every major place in Namibia. The offer is particularly large in Windhoek, Swakopmund and Otjiwarongo. In the rural regions – especially in the north – there is often little fresh produce, vegetables and fruit to buy. Food prices are around 70% of German prices. However, imported food is much more expensive. Meat is very good in Namibia because the animals are kept only on natural pastures and no artificial feed additives are given. It is mostly beef, venison from kudu, oryx and springbok, and ostrich meat. Fresh fish, crawfish, mussels and oysters are mainly found in Swakopmund, Lüderitz and Walvis Bay. Particularly popular with Namibians is “biltong”, air-dried meat that is cut into thin strips and is very nutritious. In many places the kitchen is home-style German or international.
Namibia is a dream country for nature photographers. We recommend that you bring your memory chips / batteries / films with you from Europe, since film material in Namibia is relatively expensive and not available everywhere. However, the photo shops in Namibia are usually well-equipped. Photography is usually allowed everywhere. When photographing people, please ask permission to protect their dignity. Himba nomads and also San Bushmen occasionally expect a return.
Good animal pictures are generally only possible with bright telephoto lenses (zoom from 300mm). In order to photograph the breathtaking landscape of Namibia, small focal lengths (min 18 mm) should also be considered. Because of the mostly strong light conditions in Namibia, polarization filters should also be carried.
No vaccinations are required for Namibia. Malaria prophylaxis only makes sense if you want to travel to areas north of Etosha Park or the Caprivi. It is better to protect yourself from mosquito bites because no malaria remedy offers total protection. It is important to pay attention to malaria symptoms after your return from malaria areas and, if necessary, to go to the doctor immediately and take malaria medication. Check with the tropical doctor before you leave. There are currently simple malaria self-tests available in many pharmacies.
Meanwhile, there are some internet cafes in Namibia’s urban areas. Many hotels and lodges also offer their guests free access to the Internet, possibly using their own laptop (on request). It should be noted, however, that Internet connections in the country and especially in many lodges are very slow.
In southern winter (May-September) there are pleasant daytime temperatures in Namibia (around 25 ° C), but it often gets cold at night, often with frost. So you have to take summer clothes but also warm transition clothes and sweaters. In the summer months it is hot during the day and often does not cool enough at night. During this time you need light, particularly breathable clothing. Light headgear, sunglasses and good sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (both an absolute must) and sturdy shoes are always important.
Consulates and Embassies in Namibia
German Embassy in Windhoek
Sanlam Center, 6th floor
154 Independence Ave, Windhoek
Tel: +264 (0) 61 – 273 100
Fax: +264 (0) 61-222 981
Mobile phone emergency number: 081 – 1243572
Austrian General Consulate in Windhoek
Teinert Str. 2 in Windhoek
Tel: + 264 (0) 61 – 375652, Fax: -275660
Swiss Consulate General
P.O. Box 92 98
Eros / Windhoek
Tel: + 264 8 11 279388 (mobile)
Before leaving, it is recommended to take out insurance that includes travel sickness, a travel emergency call, luggage and travel accident insurance. We recommend taking out a travel insurance package from Allianz Travel here: https://www.allianz-reiseversicherung.de/reiseversicherung/
In Namibia you can generally pay with all major credit cards (Mastercard and Visa), except at petrol stations. Your PIN number is required to use ATMs with Visa and master cards. Some ATMs also accept EC cards. In an emergency, you can have your credit card and EC card blocked in the event of loss or theft: Tel: 0049 – 116 116
In this case, please have your card and account numbers ready.
Value added tax
The value added tax is currently 15%. Tourists get this when they leave, e.g. refunded at Windhoek Airport (the effort is only recommended for larger purchases).
Public Opening Times
Shops are usually open Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 8.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Some shops are open longer (supermarkets from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Banks open at 9 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 12 p.m. The post office is open from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on weekdays and until 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
Police and Security
The police are represented in all major places. The national emergency number is 10 111. Namibia is considered a safe travel destination, but common sense and a little caution is advisable, especially in the evenings and in the outskirts. Please do not go for a walk in the dark if possible. It is recommended to leave jewelry, valuables and travel documents (passport, flight ticket etc.) in the accommodation as far as possible and only to travel with the valuables required for the day. Most accommodations have a safe (safe).
English has been the only official language since independence. Afrikaans, English and German (30%) are the most common among the white population. The African languages Herero, Ovambo, Damara, Nama and others are also spoken. In general, you get along well with German and some English across the country.
Taxis (shuttle) are available at Windhoek International Airport, in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Oshakati, Walvis Bay and occasionally in other cities. Taxis can only be rented by phone or directly at the taxi rank (in Windhoek on Independence Avenue opposite the Kalahari Sands Hotel). All taxis are provided with a taximeter. Unfortunately, tariffs are not always uniform.
The Namibian telephone network has now been digitized, and the mobile radio network (GSM standard) has been greatly expanded, so that you should have cell phone reception on most main travel routes close to towns. There are currently ‘roaming contracts’ with providers in Namibia from E-Plus, O2, T-Mobile, D1 and Vodafone.e. You can make calls with all GSM dual-band cell phones within Namibia.
Area codes after:
Germany – 0049
Switzerland – 0041
Austria – 0043
The service industry in Namibia lives on tips, since only a low basic salary is paid. It is therefore customary to tip 10% in restaurants because table service is not included in the price. Porters get about N $ 5. A recommendation for tips in the tourism industry is: Bus driver: approx.N $ 20-30, – pp / day Tour guide: approx.N $ 80, – pp / day ranger: approx.N $ 100, – pp. and game drive.
The time difference between Namibia and the German-speaking countries in Europe is currently + 1 hour in Windhoek.