Frequently Asked Questions
Cotton rather than synthetic clothing is recommended for Namibian summers. Winters are usually mild to warm, which calls for light clothing in the middle of the day and a sweater or jacket for evenings and early mornings when it can become quite cold. It is often cold and windy at the coast, for which warm clothing, including a windbreaker, is necessary. An important item is comfortable walking shoes.
Essential items are binoculars, a sun hat, sunglasses, sun block, bathing towel, moisturizer, lip balm and mosquito repellent. Points for electric shavers (electric current 250 V AC) are available at major hotels and most state- owned resorts. It is advisable to bring battery-operated or conventional razors when visiting remote areas.
If guests have visited or have been in transit in Zambia (this includes Livingstone and surrounds), a yellow fever vaccination certificate will be required on entering or transiting through South Africa and/or Mozambique. The certificate may be requested by customs and immigration officials.
Currency: The Namibian Dollar (N$) is fixed to and equal to value of the South Africa Rand (ZAR).
The South African Rand is considered legal tender in Namibia and is accepted in most Namibian establishments.
Credit cards/Travelers Cheques: Traveler's cheques, International Visa, and MasterCard credit cards are widely accepted. Holders of other cards are advised to verify if their card will be accepted in Namibia. American Express and Diners Club credit cards are not accepted in Namibia.
While malaria is found mainly in the north of Namibia, it has also been reported in other areas. Visitors can reduce the risk of malaria by wearing long sleeves and long trousers, applying mosquito repellent on a regular basis to exposed skin, and where possible, by sleeping under a mosquito net. Should any of the following symptoms occur: fever, shaking or trembling, headaches, backache, diarrhea and/or vomiting, seek immediate attention and inform the medical practitioner of a recent visit to a malaria area.