Travel in Namibia

Time:Local time is GMT +1.
Electricity:Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz.
Language:English is the official language, but many people also speak Afrikaans and German.
Health:A yellow fever certificate is required for all travellers arriving from infected areas. Vaccinations for Hepatitis A, typhoid fever and polio are also recommended. HIV/AIDS is prevalent. There are good medical facilities in Windhoek, but medical insurance is essential as treatment is expensive.
Tipping:Tips of 10% are expected by tourist-orientated establishments where a service charge has not been included in the bill. Tour guides, game rangers and trackers rely on tips for their income, but these are discretionary and depend on good service.
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.
Safety:The majority of visits to Namibia are trouble-free, but beware of street crime and pickpockets in the town centres. Care should be taken when travelling in the Caprivi Strip; travel in daylight hours only and stay on the main tarred highway, as there is a risk of landmines remaining from the Angolan civil war.
Communications:The international access code for Namibia is +264. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa). 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 available from some hotels and Internet cafes are available in Windhoek and Walvis Bay.
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.