American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Your passport must have at least six blank pages for the entry stamp. This cannot include the ‘endorsement’ page at the back.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
Visas are not required for travelers coming from the United States of America, Canada and the following countries for stays shorter than 90 days: Angola, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, SAR, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Ukraine, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
Currently Required Vaccinations: None
Malaria risks do exist though it is extremely rare. The risk is less at higher elevations or in hotter locations. Speak to your medical practitioner for more details. Immunizations against hepatitis B and tuberculosis are recommended. HIV/AIDS are at a high risk throughout the country and precautions should be taken.
We recommend consulting the World Health Organization and your physician to help you make decisions about the right vaccinations for your travels.” Here is the link to the WHO’s vaccination recommendation info: http://apps.who.int/tools/geoserver/www/ith/index.html
We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
Expect hot days and cold nights, a climate typical of semi-desert terrain. The country’s summer begins in October and ends in April, and the winter May – September with a rainy period from November – March. The best time to go is during the dry winter months when game viewing is the best and risk of malaria is lowest.
For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
Electricity in Namibia is 220-240V/50HZ. Outlets are round and three pin in the old British 15 amp style.
We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Zimbabwe. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible.)
Internet: Is not accessible from the camp rooms, most lodges do have wireless or a shared business computer in the main area to check email. Local connections are exceptionally slow and can be costly (as much as $10 per half hour). Smartphones such as BlackBerrys and iPhones will actually download data much faster than computers. Again, roaming and data charges can be exceptionally high – so please talk to your phone provider to pre-purchase a data plan for when you are on safari.
The currency is the Namibian dollar (NAD) and South African Rand (ZAR) one US dollar is roughly equivalent to 9 NAD and ZAR. Coins in circulation a 5 cents, 10 cents, 50 cents, $1, $5 banknotes in circulation are as follows: $10, $20, $50, $100, $200 for both NAD and ZAR. Coins are not often use as they have very little value. Generally speaking, we advise bringing $50 -75 USD per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction).
Language: English (Official)
Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD) and South African Rand (ZAR)
Religion: 90% Christian, 10% Indigenous beliefs
Time Zone: UTC + 01
Telephone: Country code for calling outside of Namibia is 264
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in Namibia: Police, Fire Brigade and Ambulance (61) 211 111