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Travel guide to Namibia Safari

Passports
Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date and have two blank facing pages. If you do not have this, you will be denied boarding at your departure airport. Soiled, damaged or defaced passports will not be accepted. Expect delays at immigration on arrival.
Visas
British, European & USA citizens do not require a visa for holidays < 90 days
Health
There are no compulsory health requirements, but you should be up to date with your primary courses and boosters. Malaria tablets are advised for northern Namibia, including Etosha National Park and Caprivi. A good insect repellent and anti-histamine are also recommended. If you are prone to motion sickness, take tablets for any light aircraft flights. Always check with your doctor at least 8 weeks before travel for any other inoculations recommended (eg Hepatitis A+B, Cholera, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Polio, Meningococcal Meningitis, Rabies and TB). There is no yellow fever in Namibia.
Currency
Namibian Dollars (NAD) - but South African Rand (ZAR) is legal tender on 1-for-1 basis. You can buy NAD at the airport on arrival, but you will not be able to exchange surplus currency afterwards, so we suggest taking ZAR instead. Remember to ask for small denominations, which are useful for tipping
Language
English + German + Afrikaans + Oshiwambo
Time Zone
GMT + 1 hour
Travel Tips
To ensure that you have the best possible holiday experience, we ask you to read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please discuss them with us before you depart. 
 
Cash – it is essential to take foreign currency in small denominations, and only exchange the amount you are likely to use, as you will not be able to change any surplus back into hard currency. South African rands (ZAR) are accepted everywhere on a 1:1 basis, but you will be given change in Namibian dollars. 
 
Hand Luggage – pack essential items for a day or two in your hand luggage, in case your bags go astray and take a few days to catch up with you, especially if you have any tight connecting flights. 
 
Baggage – if you are flying on a light aircraft, your luggage must be packed in soft sports bags, usually restricted to 15 kg. Rigid suitcases will not fit into the luggage pods and will be left behind. 
 
Documents – take a copy of your travel insurance policy with you, and leave a copy of your passport with a reliable contact at home, in case the originals are lost or stolen. 
 
Electronic Devices – ensure these are all fully charge before travel, as you may be required to switch them on at airport security. Any device that does not switch on cannot be checked in and must be surrendered. 
 
Mobile Phones – make sure they are set up for international calls and turn off data roaming to avoid nasty bills. Many hotels offer free Wi-Fi but be aware that some rural regions may not have cell phone coverage. 
 
Credit Cards – remember to inform your bank when travelling abroad. Credit cards are widely accepted, but always ensure you have cash when travelling in the countryside as some places may not accept them. 
 
Clothing – pack in layers according to the season. Take a day pack, good walking shoes, T-shirts, shorts, jeans, sunhat, swimming costume, sunglasses, sunscreen & flip flops. Rain gear is needed during the wet season. On safari wear lightweight but long sleeved shirts and long trousers to protect against mosquitos (safari clothing is ideal for this). Neutral colours are best – khaki, green & brown. Avoid white & bright colours, as these increase your visibility to the animals, and black which can get very hot. Take a generous supply of insect repellent to spray on your neck, wrists and ankles and avoid using perfume, as this attracts insects. Also pack a light fleece, hat & gloves for evening game drives, which can get cold even in summer. Sanitising hand cleaner/wet wipes and eye drops can be handy, especially if you wear contact lenses & a 'shewee' is invaluable for ladies in the bush. 
 
Accessories – pack your phone (with charger and a spare battery pack), camera (with spare memory cards and batteries – a 200 mm zoom lens is good for wildlife photography), torch and binoculars (large 8x40 is best). If you are a keen birder we suggest one pair per person, as it can be frustrating to share. 
 
Plugs – type M (round 3 pin). 
 
Books – pack a good travel guide, with information on the wildlife and birds of the region. Also a good supply of reading material for quiet evenings and when waiting for flights. 
 
Water – tap water is safe to drink and to brush your teeth in major towns, but drink only bottled water in game parks and rural areas. 
 
Food – European food is served throughout the country, as well as excellent South African wines. Vegetarians and food allergies are well catered for. 
 
Taxis – in cities only use regulated taxis, which are best ordered through your hotel reception. 
 
Self-Drive – driving is on the left. Purchase a good road map and download the Google Maps (offline) app or hire a sat-nav, as signage can be sparse in rural areas. Fill up with petrol whenever you have the opportunity and never run low, as distances between filling stations are vast. On gravel roads be careful to avoid stones thrown up by passing vehicles and two spare tyres are recommended. Any valid UK, European or American driving license is accepted as long as it has a photograph and signature. Pack some CDs as the local radio stations can be a little limited, and always allow some extra time to stop for photographs along the way. Be prepared to pay cash for fuel. A credit card is essential if you are hiring a car. 
 
Safety – as this is a third-world country, take all sensible precautions. Leave valuable jewellery/watches at home, wear a money belt and be alert when outside your hotel. In particular, avoid taking out large wads of cash in public view and keep your spare cash in your hotel safe. 
 
Wild Animals – attacks by wild animals are rare, but we cannot guarantee that attacks will not occur so observe all sensible precautions. We cannot be held responsible for injuries caused during an incident with a wild animal. 
 
Indemnities - please be aware it is likely you will be required to sign indemnities for safaris and any other potentially hazardous activities. 
 
Pack for a Purpose - if you have a little space in your suitcase, local schools & communities always appreciate gifts of English reading books, pens & pencils, stationery, deflated footballs etc. Specific requests from communities can be seen on the 'Pack for a Purpose' website. 
 
Tipping – this is voluntary and should depend on the level of service received. We suggest the following NAD or ZAR per couple/family, but this can be reduced for longer stays: 
- overland driver/guide: NAD 200 per day 
- city guide: NAD 200 per day (NAD 100 for half day) 
- game ranger/tracker: NAD 100/50 per game drive 
- tipping box for hotel staff: NAD 100 per day 
- train journeys: NAD 200 per day 
- waiters: 10% (if not already added to your bill) 
- porters: NAD 10 per bag. 
 
Your Safety - consult the UK Foreign Office website for the latest travel advice www.fco.gov.uk.
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