1. Check your passport is valid and has enough pages
2. Check your visa requirements
3. Have you consulted your GP or local travel clinic regarding inoculations and required malaria medication?
CLOTHING AND PACKING
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- As a general guide, comfortable & casual wash-and-wear clothes are recommended.
- Muted colours are recommended for game viewing (brown, khaki, beige, and pastels).
- Daytime temperatures are generally warm, so pack lightweight clothing and sun protection.
- The mornings and evenings can be very cold in winter and warm layers are recommended.
- Avoid wearing dark blue and black in areas that are known for tsetse flies.
- Most lodges and hotels have a laundry service. Dry cleaning can be arranged at hotels but is not widely available at lodges.
- Take sensible precautions against mosquitos and other bites.
- In case of an issue with international airline luggage management, please pack your essential items and a change of clothes in your carry-on bag.
- Private-use drones are not allowed in National Parks throughout Southern and East Africa without prior permission from authorities. This is a precaution to protect against poachers. In some cases, heavy fines will be imposed for bringing drones into countries without the required paperwork.
MONEY & CURRENCY
- The Namibian dollar (N$), often abbreviated to “Nam dollar” in common parlance, has been the official currency since 1993. Coins are produced for 5, 10 and 50 cents, and for 1, 5 and 10 Namibian dollars. Notes are available in denominations of N$10, 20, 50, 100 and 200.
- South African Rand was the official currency, and since the Namibian dollar is still pegged to the Rand (1:1), it is still accepted as legal tender in the country.
Credit cards & cash on tour:
- Credit cards (Visa & MasterCard) are widely accepted throughout Namibia and most lodges will accept credit cards for payments of extras. Most fuel stations accept credit cards. We do however recommend that you have cash with you at all times to pay for extras and fuel should the credit card machines be offline or if credit cards are not accepted.
- We do not recommend that you carry large sums of cash with you, but rather that you only keep a limited amount on you and rather that you draw cash from ATMs or banks in the towns/ cities you will be passing through as you go along.
Tipping is entirely at your discretion. It is suggested, but not compulsory.
On request, your Travel Manager will create a bespoke tipping guide for your personal holiday.
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Gratuity guidelines for cities & hotels/lodges:
- Specialist driver-guide (who will accompany and drive you throughout your stay and usually do your airport transfers): USD 20 per guest daily
- Airport transfers (if a different person to your specialist driver-guide): USD 5-10 per guest
- Airport porters: At your discretion
- Waiters (for meals & drinks): 10% of consumption
- We recommend asking the hotels and lodges if you can leave a gratuity for the general staff on check out.
We suggest bringing more cash with you in case you are moved by the whole professionalism and warmth of the experience, that you would like to tip more than you planned.
** Remember this is only a guideline and it entirely depends on the level of service and your desires.
Roaming is expensive and therefore it is a good idea to make use of a local sim card when travelling in Namibia.
Sim cards can be purchased at most shops and fuel stations throughout the country, and you can simply recharge with credit as you go along. If your service provider activates your sim card on request, you can also have internet access on your phone whilst travelling.
MTC has the best coverage throughout Namibia, but it is important to keep in mind that there are areas with little to no reception. Should you wish to rent a satellite phone, this will be additional. We do not include this, due to the call tariffs involved over and above the daily rates, and therefore you can look to contact Sat4Rent for more information and to book a satellite phone if you prefer to have one with you just in case – https://www.sat4rent.com/
The dialing code in Namibia is +264
WIFI: Throughout Namibia, almost all of the lodges offer WIFI connections of some sort. This is generally at the main area/ reception area of the lodge and not necessarily in the rooms. Some connections are still very slow, and it is best to remember that WIFI connectivity and access to the internet are not guaranteed.