Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD)
The Namibian Dollar is the official currency and is fixed to and equals the South African Rand. Both these currencies can be used freely in Namibia, but the Namibian Dollar is not legal tender in South Africa. In the bigger cities you can withdraw cash with international debit and credit cards (mainly Visa & Mastercard) at ATMs. Your card needs to have a chip and pin. Not all ATMs allow you to withdraw money with a debit card, so far it has mainly been possible at Standard Bank and Nedbank, but these banks are represented in all major cities. The possibility of direct payment by credit card is widely used but payment by debit card is not. In remote locations and safari camps there is often no way to pay by card. It is therefore advisable to always have some cash with you in case of emergencies or if you want to buy something in remote areas. It is also a good idea to have cash with you for refueling, as many petrol stations still do not accept credit / debit cards.
While changing money at a Bureau de Change is possible, it is not recommended as it is often a complicated and lengthy process.
Please be sure to advise your bank before you travel that you will be using your card in a different country as they may block access to your card if they do not know that you are currently travelling.
For current exchange rates please use this website.
Official Languages: English
Visa Requirements: Citizens of most European and Commonwealth countries do not require a visa for entry into Namibia. Please find a list with countries that require a visa here.
Please also consult the Namibian Embassy or Consulate for any updates before departure, especially when travelling with children.
Independence: 21 March 1990 from South Africa
Religion: The Christian community makes up 80%–90% of the population of Namibia, 10%–20% of the population hold other or indigenous beliefs.
Souvenirs: Wood carvings, baskets, and clay urns, jewellery, diamonds, and semi-precious stones
Agricultural products: Corn, sorghum, millet, beans, and groundnuts
Main Industries: Diamond mining coupled with copper-nickel, soda ash, coal, and gold
Best time to visit: Every single month is worth a journey to Namibia. Most visitors prefer to travel during the months May to October. It hardly ever rains, and the visitor can enjoy the uninterrupted sunshine, except at the foggy coast. The climate is moderate and during the day it does not get extremely hot. Nevertheless, it can get very cold in the evenings.
These months are also ideal for game viewing. The vegetation is receding and drying out and open water in the veld is drying out. Thus, the animals have no option as to visit permanent water holes which again results in perfect game viewing and photographing opportunities for visitors.