How much money should I bring, and in which currency?
The amount that you bring will depend on the length of time you are travelling, and how many meals you will need to buy during your safari. Travellers’ cheques are hardly ever used, but if you feel safer with these, you can change them at bigger bank branches in Namibia.
Petrol/ diesel and National Park entry fees in all countries must be paid for in cash only, in the currency of that country. The Namibian dollar is linked 1:1 with the South African Rand, and Rand notes and coins are accepted throughout Namibia.
What kind of weather can I expect?
The seasons are changing all the time but Namibia mostly has a very favourable climate with Namibia averaging 300 days of sunshine each year.
Summers (October to March) can be very hot with temperatures reaching 45C, but this is also the rainy season so a lightweight rainproof jacket is very useful. Winter days, during April to September, are agreeably warm but temperatures can plummet to below zero at night so warm clothing is essential. Our buildings also do not have central heating, so it can get very cold.
How bad is the crime in Southern Africa?
Namibia is very safe for travellers and the people are generally very friendly and welcoming. However, sense prevails. All countries have a degree of crime and it is always better to be cautious. Do not do anything here that you won’t do back home. It is worth remembering that you will be carrying clothes, camera equipment and luggage that would cost most people in Southern Africa several years’ wages to purchase. Hence, it is best not to tempt people who may not have very much.
What do I need to know about driving in Southern Africa?
It is very dangerous! Again, sense is key. The speed limits vary in different countries, but in Namibia it is 120km per hour on tar roads and 80km per hour on gravel/ dirt roads.Do not drive faster than the speed limit suggests because the locals do and the roads are quiet. The locals know the roads and are generally not very cautions. Secondly, a very quiet road can change into a hazardous one when a warthog appears from nowhere in front of you. Gravel roads should be treated with respect.
Fill-up at every town. You never know if the next small town will have fuel or not. You should also check your tyre pressure, oil and water every morning before setting out on your day’s journey. Do not, unless in an emergency, drive after dark as the roads can be very dangerous with many animals and poor lighting!