Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Round three-pin
plugs are standard.
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.
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.
The majority of visits to Namibia are safe and trouble-free, but
beware of increasing street crime and pick-pockets in Windhoek and
other town centres. Theft from vehicles, especially from service
stations, is common and valuables should be kept out of sight and
the car locked. Avoid using taxis if possible and never take one
alone. Care should be taken when travelling in the Caprivi Strip;
travel in daylight hours only (livestock wandering onto roads at
night cause many accidents), and stay on the main tarred highway as
there is a risk of landmines remaining from the Angolan civil war.
Namibia is considered at very low risk of terrorism, and there have
been no major incidents reported of violence against foreigners.
Travellers should carry identification such as photocopies of their
passport at all times.
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.
Business in Namibia is conducted somewhat formally, although
drinking and socialising are an important part of building good
working relationships. Standard business etiquette applies; dress
tends to be formal with more lightweight materials worn in the
hotter seasons, punctuality is important, shake hands on greeting
and leaving and in general be polite and professional. English is
the language of business, though German and Afrikaans are widely
spoken. Business hours are usually 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
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.
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.