Travel Tips

You can travel by air and road (International Driving Permit required) in Namibia and it's important to know what your options are and what to pack while travelling in Namibia.

Namibia Brief

Namibia is a large, and sparsely populated country on Africa's southwest coast, which has enjoyed more than a decade of stability under its founding President Hifikepunye Pohamba.

Before achieving independence in 1990, Namibia was subject to German influence in the 19th century; the territory was then occupied by the South Africans during World War I. Today Namibia is peaceful and is better off economically than many other countries of the region because of its productive mining, farming, fishing and tourism industries.

On the Road

Travelling by Air

Flying is the quickest and often the most economical way to travel around the country. Air Namibia (SW) links the major towns in the territory. Planes can also be chartered.

Travelling by Road

Traffic drives on the left side of the road. Roads are generally well maintained. There are 64,799km (40,266 miles) of road, of which 7841km (4872 miles) are tarred. Bus: There is a local bus service in Windhoek, and taxis are also available. A luxury bus service exists between Windhoek and all major centres in Namibia and South Africa. Car hire: Self-drive cars are available at the airport and Windhoek city centre, as well as some other major centres. Documentation: An International Driving Permit is required.

What to pack

As Namibia has a typical semi-desert climate with hot days and cool nights, it is recommended that you pack both summer clothing as well as something warm for the evenings. It is advisable to pack a sweater and/or jacket as it becomes quite cool in the evenings and early mornings.

Checklist

  • First-aid kit containing, amongst others, insect repellent, possibly a malaria prophylaxis, bandages, diarrhoea medication and painkillers; sufficient supplies of your regular medicines
  • Sunglasses, sun protection and a hat (year-round sunshine)
  • Moisturising lotion and lip balm
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Swimsuits
  • Binoculars
  • Battery-operated or conventional razors (if visiting remote areas)
  • Torch
  • Travel insurance policy and repatriation insurance
  • Telephone list with all the emergency numbers, including the numbers of family and friends back home
  • Rehydrate solutions or concentrates.

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