Time: Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the first Sunday in April and the first Sunday in September).
Electricity: Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Round three-pin plugs are standard.
Language: English is the official language, but many people also speak Afrikaans and German. There are also several indigenous languages spoken, mainly in the rural areas.
Travel Health: Safety regulations in Namibia require all visitors to have a yellow fever certificate if arriving from an infected area. There is a malaria risk in the northern region during the rainy season (January to April). HIV/AIDS is prevalent and precautions are essential. There are good medical facilities in Windhoek, but medical insurance is essential as treatment is expensive. Travellers to Namibia should take medical advice at least four weeks prior to departure.
Tipping: Tips of 10% are expected where a service charge has not been included in the bill. Tour guides, game rangers and trackers rely on tips for their income and should be tipped accordingly.
Safety Information: The majority of visits to Namibia are safe and trouble-free, but beware of street crime and pick-pockets in the town centres. Theft from vehicles, especially from service stations, can happen and valuables should be kept out of sight and the car locked. Avoid using taxis if possible and never take a taxi alone. Care should be taken when travelling in the Caprivi Strip; travel in daylight hours only (animals wandering onto roads at night cause many accidents).
Local Customs: It is best to check before taking pictures of State House or properties where the President is residing, as well as any buildings guarded by the army or police.
Money: The currency is the Namibian Dollar. It's exchange rate is tied to the South African Rand which can also be used freely. Credit cards are accepted in larger towns but cannot be used to pay for fuel. ATMs are widely available.
Communications: The international access dialing code for Namibia is +264. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for UK). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)61 for Windhoek. Most towns are covered by a GSM 900/1800 mobile network. Internet access is widely available.
Duty Free: Travellers to Namibia over 16 years do not have to pay duty on 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco; 2 litres wine and 1 litre spirits or liquor; 50ml perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette; and gifts to the value of N$50,000
Some facts and tips about water in Namibia
On any journey through Namibia, carry two litres of water for each person in the vehicle and enough water to refill the radiator.
If you do have to refill the radiator, wait for it to cool down a bit, and use a large amount of cloth to remove the cap to prevent yourself from being scalded.
Shower if you can, rather than bathing as showering uses less water.
If you are staying in one place for more than one day, try to use the same towels and linen twice. The extra washing uses extra water.
Don't wash your vehicle down with a hose. Use a bucket of water and a cloth instead. In fact, leave the mud on the car for that 'well-traveled' Namibian look.
Namibians love rain, and can talk about it for hours!
All visitors from abroad must be in possession of a passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months after end of journey and there must be at least 3 empty pages in the passport.
Tourists from the FRG, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Ireland, UK, Austria, Italy, France, United States of America, Canada, Japan, the Scandinavian Countries, Zimbawe, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Botswana, Moçambique, and the Netherlands do not need a visa for Namibia, provided that they are in possession of a valid airticket for their return or onward-travel and do not stay in Namibia for more than 90 days.