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Namibia offers all standards and ranges  of accommodation. The standards are high, so are the prices. It is recommended to pre-book any accommodation in Etosha and at Sesriem/Sossusvlei as well as in Swakopmund and surrounding towns and villages during December and January.

The following prices should give you a very broad idea to plan your holiday budget:

  • Hotel: from N$ 500 (double room incl. breakfast)
  • Pension: from N$ 350 (double room incl. breakfast)
  • Guest Farm: from N$ 550 (per person incl. breakfast & dinner)
  • Lodge: from N$ 1,000 (per person incl. breakfast & dinner)
  • Tented Lodge: from N$ 500 (per person incl. breakfast & dinner)
  • Tented Camp: from N$ 500 (per person incl. breakfast & dinner)
  • Camp Site: from N$ 30 (per person bed only)
  • Rest Camp / Backpacker: from N$ 250 (per person bed only)

 

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Namibia is a campers’ paradise. By law it is allowed to camp wild at any place except national parks, however, in practical this is only allowed with permission of the land owner, so the farmer, local community, etc. It is difficult to find out who owns the piece of land and thus it is recommended to camp on camp sites only. Basically only in the Kaokoveld “real” wild camping is possible.

Camping costs between N$ 50 and N$ 200 per person per night depending on location of the camp site and infrastructure. Some charge extra for the vehicle and a flat fee for the site itself. It is, different from e.g. Botswana, not standard to share a camp site.

It is becoming more and more often that “luxury” camp sites offer a private bathroom per site. Generally all camp sites have  a braai (BBQ) area, some have running water and electricity on sights.

Most of the camping tourists in Namibia travel with 4×4 vehicles with roof-top tents, but also ground tents are readily available.

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Communication (4)

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MTC ist mit Abstand der größte mobile Telekommunikationsprovider in Namibia. Diese Anleitung soll Ihnen als Prepaid-Kunde (was alle Touristen sind) einen schnellen Überblick geben.

  1. Kaufen Sie ein MTC-Starterpaket für N$ 6,99 (N$ 6,95) inklusive N$ 5 Guthaben. Dieses kann an Tankstellen, in Supermärkten, MTC-Läden etc. erworben werden. Es gibt auch ein spezielles Starterpaket für Reisende (“Traveller“) für N$ 19,95. Dieses erlaubt das günstigere telefonieren nach Europa, Südafrika, Angola und in die V.R. China. Alle anderen Gesprächsziele sind jedoch teuer! Beim Starterpack liegt eine SIM mit Micro-SIM bei.
    ANMERKUNG: Die SIM-Karte wird grundsätzlich nun automatisch aktiviert, wenn sie sich erstmalig ins MTC-Netz einbucht.
    ANMERKUNG: Nano-SIM sind nur direkt bei MTC erhältlich und kostet einen Aufschlag von N$ 30.
  2. Guthaben kann man an Tankstellen, in Supermärkten, bei Straßenhändler, MTC-Läden usw. kaufen.
  3. Ihr Handy muss mit Guthaben aufgeladen werden. Dies geschieht entweder indem man der Kurzanleitung auf der Guthaben-Quittung folgt. Einfacher ist die Aufladung durch Kurzwahl: *132*guthabencode# Sie erhalten dann umgehend eine Bestätigung mit dem Guthabenbetrag angezeigt.
  4. Um innerhalb Namibias irgendein Netz anzurufen oder nationale SMS zu schicken gibt es verschiedene Tarifoptionen. Mit Abstand am günstigsten – zum simsen und telefonieren – ist T49. Schicken Sie einfach #T49# an die 134 und sie sind hierfür aktiviert. Dieses muss vor dem Aufladen von Guthaben geschehen! Abhängig vom Aufladebetrag erhält man einen Gültigkeitszeitraum für den Tarif (z.B. N$ 150 für 45 Tage). In diesem Zeitraum telefonieren Sie landesweit für 38ct die Minute und verschicken 100 nationale SMS am Tag kostenlos (erste SMS des Tages kostet den Normaltarif). Weitere Tarifmodelle sind hier zu finden. Alternativ kann man z.B. #Aweh# an die 134 schicken. Dann bekommt man bei Aufladung von N$ 30 für eine Woche: Kostenlose Gespräche zu 10 nationalen Nummern, 700 kostenlose SMS, 350 kostenlose nationale Gesprächsminuten und 30 MB Datenvolumen.
  5. Um Datendienste (eMail, Internet) zu nutzen, sollten Sie (Teile des) Guthaben in Datenguthaben umwandeln. Ansonsten schlägt das MB mit N$ 0,90 zu Buche. Um Datenguthaben zu erhalten wählen Sie die *682# und suchen Sie sich ein passendes Datenpaket aus (z.B. N$ 15 für 60 MB oder N$ 99 für 600 MB). Einzelheiten hier.
  6. Um dann im Internet zu surfen oder eMails zu verschicken muss nur die APN an Ihrem Handy oder Smartphone eingestellt werden: ppsinternet oder internet KEINE andere Einstellung ist notwendig (z.B. Passwort). Wollen SIe den MMS-Service nutzen, dann schicken Sie MMS an die 1251. Darauhin erhalten Sie eine System-SMS mit den nötigen Einstellungen (funktioniert nicht z.B. bei iOS).
  7. Nach jedem kostenpflichtigen Gespräch wird automatisch das verfügbare Guthaben, Datenguthaben und die Gültigkeit der Sim-Karte angezeigt (90 Tage nach letzter kostenpflichtiger Nutzung oder Aufladung). Ansonsten überprüfen Sie jederzeit den Stand manuell über die *131# – Weitere Einzelheiten zu Kurzwahlen finden Sie hier.

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A satellite phone is just like a GPS only needed in remote areas of Namibia and this is basically only the case in Kaokoveld and Khaudum. Along major roads and in towns you have normal cellphone network and this is good enough in emergency cases.

If you drive into these remote areas, we recommend renting (buying is only recommended if you use it frequently) an Iridium satellite phone, as no other network really covers all parts of Southern Africa. Some of the car hire companies rent them out.

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Police: 10 111

Windhoek:
General Emergency: 211 111
City Police: 302 302
SMS Crime Line: 4444
Pharmacy Emergency: 081-129 4422

Flying doctor services:
SOS International: 081-707
E-Med Rescue: 081-924

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Namibia has one of the most modern communication networks in Africa.

Landline
It is possible to call directly to 200+ countries in the world. Since 1996 all lines are build in fibre-optic technology allowing ADSL internet speed and many more features. Public phones for use by cash or – more often – FlexiCards/TeleCards (can be bought from any Telecom outlet and major stores/supermarkets) are available throughout cities, towns and larger villages.

Until 1996 it was common to have operator lines on most farms and up to 12 farms shared a landline. Today, only very few regions do still rely on this rather historic network.

Internet
Internet Cafés are readily available in major towns. Wifi-Hotspots are available in several hotels, restaurants and cafés throughout the country. Also more and more rural accommodation establishments get Wifi for their guests (but mostly with snail speed).

All landlines are operated by Telecom Namibia.

Mobile Phone / Cellular
Namibia has a well working cellular network reaching up to 95% of the population.
By far the biggest provider is MTC (had a monopoly until 2007). It is followed by TN Mobile (formerly Leo), which is constantly enlarging its network.

MTC (Tango) and TN Mobile (Prepaid) do offer different prepaid solutions and pricing models as well as internet solutions. Prices do not vary a lot between the two major providers. MTC offers a special for tourists to call home, called “MTC Traveller“.

SEE “HOW TO USE MTC” FOR FURTHER DETAILS (in German only)!

Internet
MTC’s internet products are called “Netman“.

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Information (7)

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Many citizens (e.g. from the European Union, USA, etc.) do not require a tourist visa prior to arrival in Namibia. These travellers just get a stamp into their passport (which has to have two empty pages and needs to be valid 6 months after departure from Namibia) on arrival. Every tourist is allowed to stay in Namibia for  90 days per calendar year, irrespective of the number of trips, i.e. you can come e.g. 10 times for just 9 days or stay 2 times for 45 days. Double check at the port of entry that you get enough days for your whole trip plus a few just in case. Some tourists do not always get what they filled into the arrival/departure form!

Note: There is a theoretical option to get a tourist visa extended over and above 90 days per calendar year, however, in the last few years the Ministry of Home Affairs NEVER allowed any extensions. And please remember, that you are not allowed to work with a tourist visa. Any voluntary work where you just get board and lodging is also considered as work!

For further information please contact your closest Namibian diplomatic mission!

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Namibia has one of the best (maybe even the best) medical system in Africa. It is one of only three countries on the continent where operations on the open heart are done. Throughout the country one can find basic to good health clinics and hospitals as well as eight first-class private hospitals. There is an ambulance emergency service in Namibia, however, especially in rural areas it is recommended to find another way to get to an hospital, as due to long distances the ambulance might take up to 2 hours after call-out.

An international health insurance is strongly recommended!

Windhoek

Other cities

Throughout Namibia a flying-doctor service can help in cases of emergency. A special insurance to cover these costs might be needed. Please note that due to new regulations the rescue aircrafts are not allowed any more to land outside lighted airports during night time.

 

Vaccinations

Please consult your doctor or your nearest institute for tropical diseases for detailed and true information!

No special vaccinations are required for Namibia and you do not need to bring your vaccinations card along. It is, nevertheless, recommended to have all vaccinations that are needed in your home country, e.g. Tetanus. For special groups (hunters, adventure travellers) it is also recommended to have an anti-rabies inoculation. Yellow Fever vaccination is required if you travel to Namibian within a short period after staying in a WHO recognized Yellow Fever area.

Malaria does exist in Namibia. Broadly speaking the areas along the rivers in the north and the Caprivi strip are malaria risk areas throughout the year, other areas especially around Etosha and Gobabis in the east are malaria risk areas during and shortly after heavy rainy seasons. By WHO Namibia is considered as being a “low transmission country” in the 2010 World Malaria Report (Link; page 137). Only 46 people died of Malaria in Namibia in 2009.

You may get a general impression on what is needed and recommended for Namibia from these web sites:

 

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The Namibia Dollar (N$ or NAD) is the only legal tender in Namibia. However, South African Rand (R or ZAR) is also an accepted mean of payment throughout Namibia. The exchange rate is 1:1. Namibia Dollar exists in notes of 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 as well as coins of 5 and 1 dollar as well as 50, 10 and 5 cent. A specially minted coin is the N$ 10. All prices that cannot be paid with the smallest coin of 5 cent will always be rounded down.

No other currencies may be used for payments. Tourism establishments may also accept other currency, but must also always accept Namibia Dollar.

Most larger shops and supermarkets as well as accommodation establishments and restaurants accept credit cards, mostly VISA and MasterCard.

Foreign Exchange legislation is very strict and thus it can take an hour or more to change cash into Namibia Dollar. The worst exchange rate you will get trying to get Namibia Dollar or Rand in your home country! Rather draw from an ATM which can be found throughout the country.  Use those that have a security guard on site. All four major banks (Bank Windhoek, Standard Bank, FNB Namibia, Nedbank) accept MasterCard and VISA as well as their respective debit card sister companies like Maestro, VISA Electron. Daily or withdrawak maximum is between N$ 500 and N$ 4000, depending on bank, card as well as your home bank.

Please note: fuel has to be paid in cash in 99 % of the cases, however, since September 2011 more and more petrol stations allow paying fuel with credit cards. See “Fuel” for details.

 

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Namibia does not have government-set opening hours.

Nevertheless, the below mentioned opening hours should give you a broad overview of operating hours of supermarkets, offices, banks, government, etc. Generally the larger a town is, the longer large supermarkets are open.

  • Shops / small supermarkets: Mon-Fri 8.00-17.00 (8am-5pm), Sat 8.00-14.00 (8am-2pm)
  • Large supermarkets (e.g. Superspar in Windhoek): Mon-Sat 7.30-19.30 (7.30am-7.30pm), Sun 7.30-18.00 (7.30am-6pm)
  • “Potschies” (small convenience stores): daily up to 24 hours
  • Banks : Mon-Fri 9.00-15.30 (9am-3.30pm), Sat 9.00-13.00 (9am-1pm)
  • Post offices: Mon-Fri 8.30-12.30 (8.30am-12.30pm) and 13.30-18.30 (1.30pm-6.30pm), Sat 9.00-11.30 (9am-11.30am)
  • Government: Mon-Thu 10-16 (10am-4pm) with generally a one hour lunch break, Fri 10-12 (10am-12pm); generally closed between beginning/mid December and mid January
  • Bottle Stores (Liquor stores): Mon-Fri 9.00-19.00 (9am-7pm), Sat 9.00-14.00 (9am-2pm)

Keep in mind:

  • Alcohol may never be sold weekdays after 19.00 (7pm) and Saturdays after 14.00 (2pm) and under no circumstances on Sundays or public holidays.
  • A public holiday is seen as a Sunday.

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Parks (2)

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Update 2017: Khaudum Campsite renovated and open (compulsory booking; N$300 pP + N$100 car). Sikeretti Campsite not maintained an N$ 100 pP

Khaudum National Park is one of the most remote areas in Namibia. Consequently, special rules apply, irrespective of the fact that they are hardly every checked by the national park’s staff.

  • Only 4×4 vehicles
  • Minimum two vehicles travelling together at all times
  • Minimum 100 litres per vehicle of water and 3 days of food per person
  • No collection of firewood
  • Only one trailer per two vehicles/group of vehicles
  • No pets

 

Accommodation
Camping is only allowed at the two designated camp sites Sikeretti and Khaudum. No infrastructure whatsoever is offered.

The camps will upgraded until 2014 or 2015!

 

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Transport (7)

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While 99.9% of the tourists are travelling through Namibia with a rental car or by an organized tour, and keeping in mind the hitchiking is prohibited and mini-buses (“Ovambo-Taxi”) are not recommended for safety reasons, there are options to explore parts of Namibia by means of public transport.

 

Railway

StarLine Passenger Service

The normal passenger service of TransNamib operating with economy and business class trains daily between Windhoek and Walvis Bay (via Kranzberg) and Windhoek to Karasburg (via Keetmanshoop) and return. Travel is extremely sl0ow and averages at about 30 km/h.

More information: www.transnamib.com.na/passenger

 

Desert Express

A luxury tourist-train operating once a week from Windhoek (Friday: 11.30h in winter and 12.30 in summer) to Swakopmund and return (Saturdays at 14.30) – travel time 22 hours including two off-the-train trips.

More information: www.transnamib.com.na/passenger

 

Bus

Intercape Mainliner

This is the largest and most sophisticated bus service in South Africa, driving with luxury buses and long distance buses are generally Sleepliners. In Namibia they connect Keetmanshoop with Rehoboth and Windhoek, Windhoek with Swakopmund and Walvis Bay as well as Windhoek with Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) via Grootfontein and Rundu. An infrequent connection is serving Otavi via Tsumeb and Ondangwa to Oshakati and Oshikango.

More information: www.intercape.co.za/route-map/

 

Shuttle Services

Reliable shuttle services with mini-bus operated mainly between Windhoek and Swakopmund but also between Windhoek and the north, e.g.

Town Hoppers: www.namibiashuttle.com

 

Aircraft

Charter planes are readily available from Windhoek and Swakopmund, however, much cheaper are the scheduled flights currently offered by four airlines in Namibia.


Air Namibia

Air Namibia is the largest local operator in Namibia. It serves the following national routes:

  • Windhoek-HKIA (WDH): to Lüderitz (3x per week), Oranjemund (3x per week) and Walvis Bay (10 flights per week)
  • Windhoek-Eros (ERS): to Katima Mulilo (4x per week), Ondangwa (14 flights per week), Rundu (4 flights per week),

More information: www.airnamibia.aero

 

Westair

Westair connects Windhoek-Eros and Oranjemund via Skoprion Zinc Mine from Monday through Friday once per day.

More information: www.westair.com.na

 

Wilderness Air

Wilderness Air connects Windhoek-HKIA with all lodges of the Wilderness group, i.e. around Sesriem/Sossusvlei, Damaraland, Kaokoveld and South-Etosha on a daily basis.

More information: www.wilderness-air.com/namibia.html

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The procedure to fly an aircraft in Namibia during your holiday or extended stay is pretty straight forward. The following procedures and costs are involved. Please note that a validation is only possible for PPL (not CPL or ATPL). All information are correct as of 1 July 2013.

Latest Updates (28 May 2015) in connection with Eros Airport can be found here: PDF

Validation

  • Namibian Medical Class II (approx. 2-3 hours and approx. N$ 500) at any medical aviation doctor
  • pass with 70% written theoretical Namibian Air Law exam (about 60 minutes and approx. N$ 150) at any flight school (book can be ordered here from N$ 173)
  • pass with 70% written theoretical (about one hour) and practical (about 30 minutes) Namibian restricted radio-telephony exam (approx. N$ 250) at NATA
  • pass with 70% practical restricted radio-telephony test (about 30 minutes) (approx. N$ 150) at NATA
  • get your Namibian Restricted Radio-Telephony Operators Certificate Aeronautical from CRAN (N$ 60)
  • get your SPL (Student Pilot Licence) from DCA (approx. N$ 160) – valid for three month
  • do at least an hour flight with any flight instructor
  • pass the Namibian practical flight test (at least an hour procedures and optional x-country)

Allow yourself at least 4-5 days for the whole procedure of validation. A validation is valid for 3 months.

Aircrafts & Charter
Flying in Namibia requires, due to height and warm temperatures, aeroplanes with rather strong engines. Very popular are C210 and C182, while aircraft that are very popular e.g. in Germany like C150 and C172 are hardly found. Charter prices are generally high, rates are wet, however, exclude compulsory excess insurance. In Namibia charter prices are calculated on engine-running-time and not flight time. Please find a few charter prices (correct as of June 2012) below, while insurance depends on total flight time of pilot and aircraft (starting around N$ 250 for a month).

  • C182 (Westair) – four-seater: N$ 2450.00 per hour
  • J160 (Westair) – two-seater:  N$ 1090.00 per hour
  • C172 (NATA) – four-seater: N$ 1290.47 per hour

Flight Schools

Airfields

  • Namibia Airfield Directory (order here from N$ 216)
  • Airfield Directory for Southern Africa (order here for N$ 520)

 

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The following establishments are offering long-term parking facilities for your own car in Namibia. For further options and more details please have a look at the web site of www.dt800.de (in German!).

  • Airport Guest Farm
    Uwe Trümper
    info@airportfarm-namibia.com
    www.airportfarm-namibia.com
    very close to HKIA
  • Elisenheim Guest Farm
    Andreas Werner
    awerner@mweb.com.na
    www.natron.net/tour/elisenheim/
    northern outskirts of Windhoek
  • Hohewarte Guest Farm
    Markus
    info@hohewarte.com
    www.hohewarte.com
    35 km south-west of HKIA
  • Klingenberg Motors
    Paul Theunissen
    delpama@mweb.com.na
    www.hohewarte.com
    141 Mandume Ndemufayo Ave, Windhoek
  • Nubuamis Hills
    Klaus
    casarusski@yahoo.de
    approx. 20 km north of Windhoek
  • Ondekaremba
    Peter Talkenberg
    www.elitours.de
    5 km from HKIA
  • Store-All Namibia
    store-all@africaonline.com.na
    www.store-allnam.com
    Southern Industrial, Windhoek
  • Trans Kalahari Inn
    Wil Bouwers
    grimm@transkalahari.com
    www.transkalahari.com
    20 km from Windhoek, 20 km from HKIA
  • Auto Hotel Giel
    Andrea & Karl Giel
    kgiel@iway.na
    5 km from from HKIA
  • Gut Richthofen
    Michael Florin
    richthofen@iway.na
    www.natron.net/gut-richthofen
    20 km from Swakopmund to the east
  • Car-In Park / Rent-A-Garage
    081 1282110
    www.rentagarage.com.na
    5 kms north of Windhoek (Brakwater)

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Namibia is home to state-regulated petrol and diesel prices. This allows the same prices at every fuel station at any given time and eliminates competition in the fuel sector. The prices are set by the Ministry of Mines and Energy on a monthly basis. Base price is given for Walvis Bay and Inland; prices for other areas are set by this base price plus an additional  price for transport (between 5-50 cents per litre).

Valid as per 1 March 2017 (base price in Walvis Bay per litre)

  • 93-Oktan LRP – not sold anymore since 15 June 2013
  • 95-Oktan – N$ 11.00 (+32 ct)
  • Diesel 500 ppm (standard) – N$ 10.83 (+25 ct)
  • Diesel 50 ppm (premium) – N$ 10.88 (+25 ct)

Please note: Generally fuel can be paid in cash only! Since September 2011 more and more petrol stations allow paying fuel with credit cards (e.g. no Shell stations accept cards). No Garage or Fuel Cards are accepted anymore as of April 2014.

The following companies have fuel stations (known as “petrol station”, “service station”, “garage” or “diensstasie”) in Namibia:

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Laws & Regulations
In Namibia traffic drives on the left hand site of the road, just like in all the neighbouring countries except for Angola. It is compulsory to wear safety belts on all seats.

Hitch-hiking is officially not allowed in Namibia and it is recommended to take hitch-hikers not in your vehicle (if you want to take them with you and you have a bakkie (=pick-up) put them on the back)!

A Namibian speciality is the “All-Way-Stop”. Here you have to stop at the stop sign and you are allowed to pass on in sequence of arrival. So the first car stopping at the stop sign can carry on first. Generally you will find a small sign below the actual stop sign showing “All-Way” or a number, which refers to the number of roads meeting at this sign.

The speed limit in urban areas is 60 km/h (sometimes 80 km/h on major roads), 100 km/h on unpaved rural  roads and 120 km/h on paved rural roads. Outside of schools you sometimes find 40 km/h.

Outside larger towns along main highways you will generally have to stop at permanently set-up police checkpoints. Stop at the stop-sign (not the stopping line or where a police might stand) even if you do not see any police around or even if it is darkest night. In 90% of the cases the police will wink you through, however, from time to time they check drivers licences and the registration of your vehicle. Make sure, in case you have a rented car from e.g. South Africa, that you have the country sticker (e.g. ZA) at the back of your car. Also double-check that you, in case traveling inside Namibia with a foreign registered vehicle, have a valid cross-border charge permit (valid for 90 days from entering Namibia) with you at all times!

Always be friendly and polite… a smiling “Good Morning” or “Good Day” might help.

Traffic fines in Namibia are very high and they were doubled at the end of 2010. So keep to the rules and regulations, even if you find yourself being the only one doing this (which is most probably the case in Windhoek at least). For example, talking on the cellphone while driving is getting expensive when you have to pay the fine of N$ 2000 (approx. € 220). If you got a fine, you have to pay it at the nearest police station within 7 days. Do so and always ask for a receipt! Namibian Police is working correctly, so do not even attempt to bribe.

Keep to “don’t drink and drive”, as if you get caught you will have to spend a night in prison (and if you get caught on a Friday it will be three days). The legal blood alcohol level is 0.37 per thousand. Police is, however, also allowed to keep you in custody for a day in case your blood alcohol level is below that!

 

Drivers Licence
It is a must to have an International Drivers Licence. There are many rumours around this topic, but without doubt an international licence together with your national licence is a must! Car rental companies might not ask for the international one, however, the police and for sure an insurance company will ask in cases of an accident!

 

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Namibia does not have government-set opening hours.

Nevertheless, the below mentioned opening hours should give you a broad overview of operating hours of supermarkets, offices, banks, government, etc. Generally the larger a town is, the longer large supermarkets are open.

  • Shops / small supermarkets: Mon-Fri 8.00-17.00 (8am-5pm), Sat 8.00-14.00 (8am-2pm)
  • Large supermarkets (e.g. Superspar in Windhoek): Mon-Sat 7.30-19.30 (7.30am-7.30pm), Sun 7.30-18.00 (7.30am-6pm)
  • “Potschies” (small convenience stores): daily up to 24 hours
  • Banks : Mon-Fri 9.00-15.30 (9am-3.30pm), Sat 9.00-13.00 (9am-1pm)
  • Post offices: Mon-Fri 8.30-12.30 (8.30am-12.30pm) and 13.30-18.30 (1.30pm-6.30pm), Sat 9.00-11.30 (9am-11.30am)
  • Government: Mon-Thu 10-16 (10am-4pm) with generally a one hour lunch break, Fri 10-12 (10am-12pm); generally closed between beginning/mid December and mid January
  • Bottle Stores (Liquor stores): Mon-Fri 9.00-19.00 (9am-7pm), Sat 9.00-14.00 (9am-2pm)

Keep in mind:

  • Alcohol may never be sold weekdays after 19.00 (7pm) and Saturdays after 14.00 (2pm) and under no circumstances on Sundays or public holidays.
  • A public holiday is seen as a Sunday.

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Namibia is a perfect country to explore Africa as a self-driving traveller. Roads are well maintained, regulations follow international standards and road signs are put at every important point. It is therefore straight forward to find the right way through Namibia.

Maps
A map is for 99% of the tourist routes (except for Kaokoveld) the only needed mean of navigation. Different maps exist, but only very few are of good standard. With the free information pack of the Namibia Tourism Board every traveller gets a free map, however, this one is not worth the paper. It only shows major roads and not a lot more.

We recommend the following maps for Namibia:

  • Tracks4Africa Map Namibia
  • Reise Know How Namibia

 

Navigation / GPS
Just like in Europe (where it actually makes sense) a lot of tourists like to travel through Namibia with a GPS / navigation system. Unless you drive to really remote areas in Kaokoveld, a GPS is not needed in Namibia at all. Even in Windhoek it is easy to handle the streets with a map.

For the remote areas there is one good software that is based on experiences of thousands of users. This is called Tracks4Africa and it is available for a few Euro by download. It is only working on Garmin GPS devices. For other GPS there are some standard software that are somewhat good in towns, but not for the serious regions where you would actually need it.

We recommend the following GPS software for Namibia:

  • Tracks4Africa Map Namibia

You can also just rent a GPS for your time in Namibia, e.g. through Tracks4Africa in Namibia.

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The procedure to fly an aircraft in Namibia during your holiday or extended stay is pretty straight forward. The following procedures and costs are involved. Please note that a validation is only possible for PPL (not CPL or ATPL). All information are correct as of 1 July 2013.

Latest Updates (28 May 2015) in connection with Eros Airport can be found here: PDF

Validation

  • Namibian Medical Class II (approx. 2-3 hours and approx. N$ 500) at any medical aviation doctor
  • pass with 70% written theoretical Namibian Air Law exam (about 60 minutes and approx. N$ 150) at any flight school (book can be ordered here from N$ 173)
  • pass with 70% written theoretical (about one hour) and practical (about 30 minutes) Namibian restricted radio-telephony exam (approx. N$ 250) at NATA
  • pass with 70% practical restricted radio-telephony test (about 30 minutes) (approx. N$ 150) at NATA
  • get your Namibian Restricted Radio-Telephony Operators Certificate Aeronautical from CRAN (N$ 60)
  • get your SPL (Student Pilot Licence) from DCA (approx. N$ 160) – valid for three month
  • do at least an hour flight with any flight instructor
  • pass the Namibian practical flight test (at least an hour procedures and optional x-country)

Allow yourself at least 4-5 days for the whole procedure of validation. A validation is valid for 3 months.

Aircrafts & Charter
Flying in Namibia requires, due to height and warm temperatures, aeroplanes with rather strong engines. Very popular are C210 and C182, while aircraft that are very popular e.g. in Germany like C150 and C172 are hardly found. Charter prices are generally high, rates are wet, however, exclude compulsory excess insurance. In Namibia charter prices are calculated on engine-running-time and not flight time. Please find a few charter prices (correct as of June 2012) below, while insurance depends on total flight time of pilot and aircraft (starting around N$ 250 for a month).

  • C182 (Westair) – four-seater: N$ 2450.00 per hour
  • J160 (Westair) – two-seater:  N$ 1090.00 per hour
  • C172 (NATA) – four-seater: N$ 1290.47 per hour

Flight Schools

Airfields

  • Namibia Airfield Directory (order here from N$ 216)
  • Airfield Directory for Southern Africa (order here for N$ 520)

 

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The following establishments are offering long-term parking facilities for your own car in Namibia. For further options and more details please have a look at the web site of www.dt800.de (in German!).

  • Airport Guest Farm
    Uwe Trümper
    info@airportfarm-namibia.com
    www.airportfarm-namibia.com
    very close to HKIA
  • Elisenheim Guest Farm
    Andreas Werner
    awerner@mweb.com.na
    www.natron.net/tour/elisenheim/
    northern outskirts of Windhoek
  • Hohewarte Guest Farm
    Markus
    info@hohewarte.com
    www.hohewarte.com
    35 km south-west of HKIA
  • Klingenberg Motors
    Paul Theunissen
    delpama@mweb.com.na
    www.hohewarte.com
    141 Mandume Ndemufayo Ave, Windhoek
  • Nubuamis Hills
    Klaus
    casarusski@yahoo.de
    approx. 20 km north of Windhoek
  • Ondekaremba
    Peter Talkenberg
    www.elitours.de
    5 km from HKIA
  • Store-All Namibia
    store-all@africaonline.com.na
    www.store-allnam.com
    Southern Industrial, Windhoek
  • Trans Kalahari Inn
    Wil Bouwers
    grimm@transkalahari.com
    www.transkalahari.com
    20 km from Windhoek, 20 km from HKIA
  • Auto Hotel Giel
    Andrea & Karl Giel
    kgiel@iway.na
    5 km from from HKIA
  • Gut Richthofen
    Michael Florin
    richthofen@iway.na
    www.natron.net/gut-richthofen
    20 km from Swakopmund to the east
  • Car-In Park / Rent-A-Garage
    081 1282110
    www.rentagarage.com.na
    5 kms north of Windhoek (Brakwater)

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