Afrikaans, German and several indigenous languages are often spoken, but English is the official language in Namibia.

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Namibia’s official currency is the Namibia dollar. It exchanges at the same rate as the South African Rand, which is also legal currency in Namibia. You’ll get a better rate exchanging traveler’s checks than cash, both of which you can change at exchange bureaus and banks. Only the larger towns have ATMs.

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Namibia’s international country code is 264. To call another country from Namibia, dial 00 followed by the appropriate country code. A few hotels and Internet cafes in Windhoek and Walvis Bay provide web access.

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Tourist-oriented locations often include a service charge in the bill; otherwise a 10 percent tip is customary. Tips for good service are discretionary for game rangers, trackers and tour guides at your discretion. Tips usually comprise their sole income.

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Most tourists don’t have any trouble in Namibia, but you should always use common sense to guard against street crime and pickpockets. Watch out for theft from vehicles is common, especially at gas stations. Be sure to keep your car locked and your valuables hidden.

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If you’re coming from an area infected with yellow fever, you’ll need a yellow fever vaccination certificate. It’s a good idea to get immunizations against hepatitis A, polio and typhoid. Consult your doctor about malaria preventions, as the northern regions carry a malaria risk in the rainy season, which lasts from January to April. HIV/AIDS is widespread and rabid dogs have been reported in Windhoek. Make sure you have health insurance, as medical treatment, while decent, can be very expensive.

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Namibia’s electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz and uses round, three-pinned plugs.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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