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Permit

In order to enter any state-owned conservation area in Namibia a so-called Permit is required. It refers to an authorisation paper to enter a specific area in the country.

All permits are issued by the Ministry of Environment & Tourism only. This is often confusing, as travellers think that they can get a permit also with Namibia Wildlife Resorts, however, NWR is only the public operator of different accommodation establishments in the parks. It has nothing to do with permits whatsoever.

Permits can be bought at the following places (it is not possible to buy permits online):

  • At the entrance of a nature reserve, national park, etc., however, it has in most cases to be paid in the next accommodation en-route (e.g. you get a permit when you enter Etosha through the south gate, but you pay for it at Camp Okaukuejo). This is NOT the case for Namib-Naukluft-Park and Dorob National Park (keep in mind: here only the B2, C28, D1982, D1998, and C14 are permit-free)!
  • For Namib-Naukluft-Park and Dorob National Park you get the permit in Sesriem.
  • For the Naukluft section of the Namib-Naukluft-Park the permit can be bought at the small office close to the start of the Olive Trail;  this office is often not operating and thus it is strongly recommended to get the permit in Sesriem beforehand.
  • For Mudumu and Nkasa Rupara (Mamili) National Park as well as Bwabwata and Khaudum National Parks you get the Permit at the closes ranger station to the parks entrance.
  • Always and for any nature reserve, national park, etc. a permit can be bought at the MET offices in Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

Entering a restricted section or nature reserve, national park, etc. without having a valid permit is an offence and you might get a fine (first fine generally N$ 300) and/or you are ordered to leave the park immediately.

In most cases you may pay the permit by credit or debit card. However, DO NOT rely on it! Cash is accepted in N$ and ZAR only!

Permit Office Opening Hours
Windhoek (NEW: corner of Dr Kenneth Kaunda St (formerly Uhlandstraße) & Robert Mugabe Ave): Mon-Fri 8-17 hrs (8 am-5pm), Sat/Sun 8-13 hrs (8am-1pm)
Walvis Bay (643 Heinrich Baumann St) & Swakopmund (corner Bismarck St & Sam Nujoma Ave): Mon-Fri 8-13 hrs (8 am until 1 pm) and 14-17 hrs (2 pm until 5 pm), Sat/Sun 8-13 hrs (8am-1pm)
Parks: sunrise to sunset 7 days a week

Permit Tariffs
New as of 1 July 2014: Permits are valid for 24 hours (for overnight visitors only) and per calendar day (for other visitors)!

Foreigners

  • N$ 80 (below 16 years free) for Etosha, Cape Cross, Ai-Ais/Fishriver, Skeleton Coast, Naukluft Park (Sesriem & Sossusvlei), Waterberg
  • N$ 40 (below 16 years free) for any other park, reserve, national heritage site etc.
  • N$ 50 (below 6 years free; children 6-17 years N$ 30) for Twyfelfontein and Brandberg
  • N$ 40 (below 6 years free; children 6-17 years N$ 30) for Petrified Forest
  • N$ 15 (below 6 years free; children 6-17 years N$ 10) Heroes’ Acre
  • N$ 10 (below 6 years free; children 6-17 years N$ 5) for Eenhana Shrine
  • Botanical Garden in Windhoek is free

SADC citizens

  • N$ 60 (below 16 years free) for Etosha, Ai-Ais/Fishriver, Skeleton Coast, Naukluft Park (Sesriem & Sossusvlei), Waterberg
  • N$ 30 (below 16 years free) for any other park, reserve, national heritage site etc.
  • N$ 50 (below 6 years free; children 6-17 years N$ 30) for Twyfelfontein and Brandberg
  • N$ 40 (below 6 years free; children 6-17 years N$ 30) for Petrified Forest
  • N$ 15 (below 6 years free; children 6-17 years N$ 10) Heroes’ Acre
  • N$ 10 (below 6 years free; children 6-17 years N$ 5) for Eenhana Shrine
  • Botanical Garden in Windhoek is free

Namibians & Namibian Residents

  • N$ 30 (below 16 years free) for Etosha, Ai-Ais/Fishriver, Skeleton Coast, Naukluft Park (Sesriem & Sossusvlei), Waterberg
  • N$ 10 (below 6 years free; below 16 years free) for any other park, reserve, national heritage site etc.
  • N$ 30 (below 6 years free; children 6-17 years N$ 20) for Twyfelfontein and Brandberg
  • N$ 30 (below 6 years free; children 6-17 years N$ 25) for Petrified Forest
  • N$ 15 (below 6 years free; children 6-17 years N$ 10) Heroes’ Acre
  • N$ 5 (cbelow 6 years free; hildren 6-17 years N$ 2) for Eenhana Shrine
  • Botanical Garden in Windhoek is free

Vehicles

  • N$ 10 (normal sedan, 4×4, etc) for national parks, Heroes’ Acre and Eenhana Shrine
  • N$ 20 (normal sedan, 4×4, etc) for Brandberg, Twyfelfontein and Petrified Forest