3 round pin (as in South Africa).
Accessing remote bush landing strips as well as commercial airports, flying is the quickest and quite often the most economical way to travel around the country. Air Namibia links the major towns in the country. Planes can also be chartered.
Direct flights from the UK to Windhoek are operated by Air Namibia. South African Airways and Nationwide provide services via Johannesburg. Windhoek has two airports – Eros on its outskirts, serving smaller aircraft, and the Windhoek International Airport, ‘Hosea Kutako International Airport’ 42 km east of the city.
Air Namibia offer the only direct flights from London to Namibia, flying from Gatwick to Windhoek three times a week. Flight time 10 hours 15 minutes.
British Airways fly twice a day from London Heathrow to Johannesburg, South Africa, with onward connection on South African Airways. Flight time between 15-17 hours depending on connection.
South African Airways fly daily from London Heathrow via Johannesburg to Windhoek. Flight time approximately 17 hours depending on connections.
Virgin Atlantic fly daily from London Heathrow to Johannesburg, South Africa with onward connections on either Air Namibia or South African Airways. Time takes between 17 and 19 hours depending on connections.
Drug taking and smuggling is an offence. Punishments can be severe. Homosexuality is tolerated.
The cold Benguela current keeps the coast of the Namib Desert cool, damp and free of rain for most of the year, with a thick coastal fog. Inland, rain falls in summer. Summer temperatures are high while the altitude means that nights are cool. Winter nights can be fairly cold, but days are generally warm and pleasant.
Temperatures in the interior range from 18C-25C during the day. Below freezing temperatures and ground frost are common at night.
Average interior temperatures range from 20C-34C during the day. Temperatures above 40C are 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 15C-25C. Heavy fog is fairly common at night.
Humidity is generally very low in most parts of Namibia, but can reach as high as 80% in the extreme north during summer. The rainy season is from October-April. The everage annual rainfall varies from less than 50mm along the coast to 350mm in the central interior and 700mm 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 foods are a common occurrence.
Information courtesy of: Namibia Tourism
It may be worth considering avoiding travel during the South African/Namibian school holidays, particularly if planning to visit some of the major National Parks and coastal resorts such as Swakopmund – these can get very crowded. For example, the coast tends to be a bit crowded around Christmas and New Year, when all the schools are on holiday, the universities are out and many local people take their annual leave. So, if you’re looking for peace and quiet – this is not the time to visit. Another major peak is over Easter – when the schools are also on holiday and, once again, many people take their leave so they can spend holidays with their children.
To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.
Namibian Dollar (NAD)
The Namibian Dollar (NAD – symbol N$) is in note denominations of N$200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of N$5, N$1, 50 cents, 10 cents and 5 cents. It is linked to the South African Rand (R) on a 1:1 basis (South African Rand = 100 cents). The South African Rand is also legal tender in Namibia, although the N$ cannot be used in South Africa.
Local currency can be exchanged at commercial banks, or at bureau de change offices. A better rate of exchange can be obtained on travellers cheques rather than on cash.
Generally reliable, ATM’s are widely available throughout Namibia’s major towns and cities. For more information check the Visa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available. Credit cards are not usually accepted at petrol stations.
The import and export of local currency is limited to NAD50,000. The import of foreign currency by visitors is unlimited, provided it is declared upon arrival. Export of foreign currency is unlimited up to the amount imported and declared as long as the departure is within 12 months.
No limits exist for travel between Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland as these countries are members of the same common monetary area.
The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.
All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.
Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.
|Australia||A visa is not required for tourist visits.|
|Canada||A visa is not required for tourist visits.|
|Denmark||A visa is not required for tourist visits.|
|Ireland||A visa is not required for tourist visits.|
|Netherlands||A visa is not required for tourist visits.|
|New Zealand||A visa is not required for tourist visits.|
|South Africa||A visa is not required for tourist visits.|
|United States||A visa is not required for tourist visits.|
|United Kingdom||A visa is not required for stays up to 3 months.|
Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.
For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com
There is a local bus service in Windhoek. A luxury bus service exists between Windhoek and all major centres in Namibia and South Africa with direct overnight services from Windhoek to Cape Town four times a week, and to Johannesburg via Upington. Other bus services go to Botswana and Zambia.
Taxis are available in all main cities.
Self-drive cars are available at the airport and Windhoek city centre, as well as some other major centres. An International Driving Permit is required.
Traffic drives on the left side of the road. Roads are generally well maintained. There are 64,799 km (40,266 miles) of road, of which 7841 km (4872 miles) are tarred.
The main rail routes in Namibia are Windhoek–Keetmanshoop-Upington, South Africa, Walvis Bay–Swakopmund-Tsumeb, Windhoek-Tsumeb and Lüderitz-Keetmanshoop. First and second class carriages are available on these routes. Light refreshments are offered on some services. On overnight voyages, seats in first class compartments convert to four couchettes and those in second class to six couchettes. Local passenger and goods trains run daily. Children under two years of age travel free and children aged two to 11 pay half fare.
The Desert Express, a luxury train aimed at tourists, runs between Swakopmund and Windhoek. The 19 hour 30 minute journey includes several stops which give travellers the opportunity to watch lions feeding, see theNamib Desert, walk in the sand dunes and admire the stars.