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Create a Trip. Windhoek, Namibia. Swakopmund, Namibia. Etosha National Park, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Tire punctures are common as are accidents involving drunk drivers. Other driving hazards include excessive speed, lack of street lighting and shoulders, inadequately maintained vehicles, erratic driving habits, and pedestrians. Travel in desert areas or via the Trans-Caprivi Highway between Rundu and Katima Mulilo should only be undertaken during daylight hours.
Carry water, additional fuel, spare tires, and provisions. Fuel availability can be sporadic. Professional roadside assistance outside Windhoek or off main roads is unreliable or non-existent.
Traffic Laws: Traffic drives on the left. You may use a U. It is illegal to use a cell phone while driving. Seat belts are required for all vehicle occupants. Motorcyclists are required to wear protective helmets. You may face a charge of culpable homicide if you are driving and are involved in an accident resulting in death. Motorcades: Pull to the side of the road as far as possible and promptly follow instructions given by the officials present. Public Transportation: Public transportation is not widely available outside the capital.
Taxis and municipal buses are the only forms of public transportation in Windhoek. Schedules and routes are limited. Avoid the use of public transportation, and hire private transport from a reliable source. Any form of public transportation is unregulated, unreliable, and generally unsafe. Taxis: The Embassy has received reports of foreign citizens being robbed by drivers of taxis hailed on the streets of Windhoek. Car rentals or radio taxis taxi service called in advance through established companies are generally the best means of transport but may be more expensive.
The Embassy has not received any such crime reports regarding radio taxis. See our Road Safety page for more information. Coast Guard homeport website https:homeport. Subscribe to get up-to-date safety and security information and help us reach you in an emergency abroad.
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Windhoek has a number of interesting buildings like the Christuskirche , the train station and the castle-like Heinitzburg Hotel. Nearby is the abandoned mining town of Kolmanskop. Once a thriving center for diamonds, the miners moved on and the sand dunes have moved in, but tours are still available. Exchange rates fluctuate. Current rates for these and other currencies are available from XE. It is divided into cents. Both the Namibian dollar and South African rand are legal tender in Namibia though change will usually be given in Namibian dollars.
Banks in Namibia will convert Namibian dollars for South African rand and vice versa without charge or paperwork. Since any bank or currency exchange outside Namibia including other members of the Common Monetary Area will charge a substantial service fee to change currency, it is advisable to make use of a Namibian Bank before leaving the country.
It is also advisable to carry proof for example, ATM receipts that money you are taking out of the country is money that you brought into the country in the first place. Current official exchange rates are available from the Namibian Central Bank. Automated teller machines are available in all towns. Some towns thus are really small. Most villages do not feature an ATM. Be also advised that not everything on the Namibian map is a settlement.
And has no ATM, of course. It is best to use only teller machines that are manned by a security guard in uniform. Always be careful to make sure no one is watching you enter your PIN, and be vigilant about typical scams e. The cross-border money transfer facilities are limited and expensive, with one of the poorest currency buying-and-selling rates, because government does not want the money to be sent out of the country.
Prices in shops are fixed, but prices in open markets or from street vendors are open to bargain. In most towns you will be approached by many locals to buy souvenirs, when this happens a 'no thanks' will usually suffice and they will leave you alone. It is common to haggle. Try to buy as much as possible from small shops instead of bigger ones—it's the best way to help the poor local population. Please do not buy high-quality ware like cell phones or safari gear from mobile vendors.
They often trade in contraband, and obtaining such goods may get you into trouble. Namibia is home to some of the most productive diamond mines in the world, and since all mines are owned by a government-de Beers partnership, prices in Namibia are generally quite lower than in the Western world, where monopolies control the prices.
Most large towns in Namibia have stores that sell diamonds. Possession of uncut diamonds is illegal in Namibia and carries lengthy jail terms. Any attempt to sell them to you is likely a rip-off, anyway.
Namibians have a very high intake of meat, and a very low intake of vegetables. This has to do with the semi-arid climate; agriculture almost exclusively is cattle, sheep, and goat farming while edible plants only grow when irrigated. As a result, meat is good, cheap, and plentiful, while fruits and vegetables are neither. A very popular way to eat and socialise is the braai , a mixed wood-fired barbecue with lots of alcoholic drinks. Every campsite, every lodge, and every domestic home has pre-installed braai facilities.
In the coastal towns seafood is fresh and inexpensive. Make sure you try the local specialities kingklip and sole. Hake is also available and cheap. Restaurants will often offer line fish or angel fish which is simply what the fishermen managed to haul out from the sea—do ask what kind of fish it is before ordering. Inlands, fish is also served in restaurants but how fresh it is is a matter of luck. Of course it has been frozen during the transport across the Namib Desert; if you don't like that then order something else.
All towns have supermarkets with all standard products, although most fruits and vegetables are imported and therefore rather expensive.
Shops in villages will have very little fresh produce. Even if they have cold storage it will mostly be used for drinks. Far away from bigger towns tomatoes, onions, potatoes and apples is all you can hope for, and mostly not at once. Also buying meat can be a challenge unless you are prepared to take the whole animal. Travellers usually take along mobile fridges, or at least several coolboxes, to complement the restricted offer.
Coolboxes are so ubiquitous that there is a local viral video about them. Vegetarians can have a difficult time in Namibia. In restaurants the waiter will offer to bring a side salad in meal size, if you are lucky. With the exception of Windhoek, Swakopmund, and the really expensive lodges you won't find anything that is purposefully vegetarian.
Some people will offer chicken because that is 'not meat'. They also have variety of world cuisines now. There are Indian, Thai, Chinese, Mexican and other restaurants. Namibia's nightclubs are always happening and always open late pretty much until the last person leaves. That warred-over political geography lie at the heart of man and legend—and the nomadic Apache world.
Sea Lapps intermarry much with river Lapps, and also with nomadic Lapps. Moab was more exposed to the inroads of its nomadic neighbours from the wilderness than its sister-kingdom of Ammon. Namibia is located on the southern margin of the tropics and has distinct seasons.
Humidity is normally low, and rainfall increases from about 10 inches millimetres on the southern and western parts of the plateau to about 20 inches in the north-central part and more than 24 inches on the Caprivi Strip and Otavi Mountains. However, rainfall is highly variable, and multiyear droughts are common.
In the north and adjacent to mountains, groundwater is as important as—but only slightly less variable than—rainfall. Kalahari rainfall—in its Namibian portion—is not radically different from that of the plateau, but, except in the northern Karstveld and isolated artesian areas, groundwater is less available. Both the Namib and Kalahari deserts are characterized by exotic, fragile desert plants.
The mountains are sparsely wooded, and the plateau is predominantly scrub bush and grass.#4 Best Value in Namibia that matches your filters “ Stayed here for 2 nights. The location of the hotel was great as it is within walking distance to the waterfront, supermarket as well as restaurants, retail shops, attractions, etc.