•    How well maintained are the roads in Namibia?
Very well, even though only 15% of the roads are made of asphalt.  The rest of the roads are gravel roads, but made of good quality, especially for an African country. The rainy season (January – March) is the only time of the year when the roads can be less accessible, and a 4-wheel drive is required. Also in the other months is a 4-wheel drive recommended. The good infrastructure makes Namibia a perfect country when it comes to individual self-drive journeys.

•    What is the best period to travel through Namibia?
In fact Namibia is a good destination for traveling the whole year. Nevertheless can the roads get worse during the rain season (January – March). Besides that, It is more difficult to spot wild animals. This is because they have enough water, and do not have to search for it, which keeps them at more hidden places. The rest of the year is perfect to travel around, even though in July and August it is winter, which means it can cool down drastically during the night, especially in the dry desert.

•    How about criminality in Namibia? Is it a safe place?
For an African country is Namibia certainly safe. Concerning the size of the country and the limited number of inhabitants are the cities relatively small. Besides that the time has stood still at many places, and it looks all a bit rustic. Of course you should not be naïve, and be alert at small criminality, such as pick pocketing, etc. Avoid walking on the street at night, especially in the bigger cities, and only go to an ATM at daylight.

•    Is it safe to travel through Namibia as a female?
Yes, it is absolutely no problem to travel as a female or group of females through Namibia. People should be careful and not taking risks. Namibia is a Christian country and women have the same rights and position of a man.

•    What is the best way to ask for help when something happens on the way (car breakdown, accident, etc)?

If something happens during your journey, you can contact our office 24 hours per day in your own language. We will do anything necessary to provide the necessary service. In case of a car breakdown all arrangements will be made in order to get you back on the road as soon as possible. In the most extreme circumstance another vehicle will be arranged.

•    What type of vaccinations are needed for Namibia?

Recommended are DTP-vaccinations (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio), depending of the nature and duration and length of stay. Hepatitis A/B are compulsory. Yellow fever is only necessary when coming from a yellow fever area. For a professional advice we recommend to visit your doctor.

•    Is it necessary to take malaria pills?

When you visit the far North of Namibia, the Caprivistrip or the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, it is certainly recommended. During summer (rainy season,) the risk of getting malaria is higher than during wintertime (May – October), when there are rarely mosquitoes. It is also wise to take the necessary preventions, such as wearing protective clothes, and to use anti-mosquito remedy, preferably with the ingredient DEET. For a professional advice we recommend to visit your doctor.

•    Do lodges have a restaurant?
At almost all lodges and guesthouses is a restaurant and bar present. Often there is also a swimming pool.

•    Where can we go grocery shopping? Are there many supermarkets?
In Windhoek are many stores and supermarkets to find. Outside of Windhoek you will find them in the bigger places and villages. How smaller the place, the smaller the store. It is good advice to have enough food and water with you to prevent from being without.

•    Till what time are the stores/banks/restaurants/post office open (inside/outside Windhoek)?
Opening hours are different in most places. In the cities supermarkets are open till 7pm or even 8pm. In the smaller places they use to close around 6pm. Banks and post offices open at 8.30 in the morning, but close already at 3.30pm, and are closed in weekends. Bars and restaurants do not have standard closing times.

•    Is it always possible to purchase alcohol?
At supermarkets and liquor stores alcoholic beverages are available. From Saturday 1pm up to Monday morning 8am the supermarkets do not sell alcohol. This does not count for restaurants and bars; here they do sell alcoholic drinks during this period.

•    Is it possible to get petrol all around Namibia?
In the larger places you will find a petrol stations, but that gives no guarantee that there is petrol available. When you see a petrol station, make use of it, even though you still have enough left in the car. These days there is diesel as petrol reasonably good available.

•    What are the costs of petrol in Namibia?
In general the prices are lower than in Europe. Prices for petrol and diesel are more or less the same, both are reasonably good available. At this moment the price is more or less € 0.65 per litre.

•    Are credit cards/bank cards accepted? If yes, where?

It is possible to take money from the ATM. This can be with a bankcard or a credit card. You can also pay with bank card/credit card at most stores, but only in the larger places. In smaller places everything is paid cash. The most credit cards are accepted at most lodges, guesthouses and restaurants. At petrol stations is mostly paid in cash.

•    What if we want to travel with (small) children? What can be arranged for them?
It is not a problem at all to travel through Namibia with children. When you travel with (small) children, we first adjust the number of kilometres per day. We try to adjust them to prevent long hours in the car. We also look for accommodations with special facilities that are suitable for children, for example a swimming pool, etc.

•    Is a guide required at some places (e.g. a National Park)? If yes, where?

Almost all National Parks can be visited individually with an own vehicle. Most National Parks advice a 4-wheel drive, especially in National Parks at the Caprivistrip. Etosha NP can also be visited with a normal sedan at dry season. Waterberg Plateau NP can only be visited with a guided game drive. This can be arranged locally. When you wish to do a night drive or game drive in Etosha or at one of the game lodges, it can also be arranged locally.

•    Is it possible to swim at the coast?
No, not really. Unfortunately is the Namibian coast not comparable with other tropical coastal places. The Benguela stream comes from the South pole and passes the Namibian coast, which means that it is a cold coast with water rich of oxygen. Therefore the water is very lively with all kinds of fish, which attracts many sea lions, dolphins and sharks. The period from August to December is the best to see whales.

•    Is it necessary to make reservations for excursions?

It depends on the excursion and period. During high season (July – Oct) it is wise to make reservations. In the low season it is also a good thing to make reservations for the ‘bigger’ excursions, such as a balloon trip, boat tours, flight trips and dune surfing. Smaller excursions, such as quad bike driving, can also be arranged locally in low season.

•    What is the food like in Namibia?
Namibian food is surprisingly good. There are lots of game- and meat courses on the menus. At the coast delicious fish courses are served, and Namibian oysters are a speciality as well.

•    Is it allowed to make an open fire?
Yes, BBQ (or braai) is very popular in Namibia, and at every campsite is it allowed to make fire and a braai. Often firewood is sold at accommodations. It is of course necessary to be careful towards the environment, especially in dry season.

•    Is it possible to drink tap water in Namibia?
It is possible, but in the cities they use chlorine to clean it, which does not taste very good. At supermarkets are 1 to 5 litre bottles available with pure Namibian mineral water.

•    Are there special menus for vegetarians?

Yes, in most restaurants and lodges it is possible to order vegetarian dishes. When you stay at a lodge where they have a standard menu, it is wise to inform them when arriving, so they can prepare a vegetarian dish.

•    What kind of driving license is required? Do I need to obtain an international driving license?
If you do not have a driving license in English, or with an English translation, you need to organize an international driving license. In the big cities are sometimes police checkpoints, where your driving license can be checked.

•    At which side of the road is driven in Namibia?
In Namibia is driven at the left side. Almost all crossroads are priority crossroads, even though traffic from the left side has priority in general. There are also 4-stop-crossroads, where everyone from all sides need to stop, and the first one who arrives, can drive.

•    From what age is car rental possible?

It is possible to rent a car from the age of 25, in case when the car is not older than 2.5 years. For older cars counts a minimum age of 21. When there is surveillance from an older person, they will mostly make an exception for the second driver. There is no maximum age for renting a car.

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