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Safari visitors to Namibia spend most of their time on organised safari activities along with their experienced tour guides. Such activities are handled and created by reputed organisations that strive to provide their guests with a safe and secure experience.

One of the most vital safety tips for all safaris is staying up-to-date on the vaccinations you need for your Namibia safari.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid and malaria prophylaxis, plus routine vaccinations. You can refer to one of the following guides for more information:

Namibia Travel Advice for Safari

Pay careful attention to the instructions provided by your safari guide and follow park guidelines at all times. Safari game drives have designated vehicle areas, so stick to those as you navigate through Namibia’s national parks. Also, avoid participating in any off-the-road driving without guidance.

Try to avoid doing things that might irritate or distract safari animals:

  • Avoid driving close to the wildlife
  • Keep your voices low on a game drive
  • Avoid making any sudden movements when you come across any animals
  • Animals have a strong sense of smell so avoid strong-smelling cologne or perfume
  • Wear neutral colour clothes and avoid wearing camouflage clothing
  • Pack light and carry only essential safari gear

For more travel advice for an African safari, refer to our guide on what not to do on an African safari.

Travel Safety Tips for Namibia Cities

  • The overall safety risk for visitors travelling to the country is pretty low.
  • Avoid carrying anything valuable, such as jewellery or cameras, in crowded areas. Carry only a little cash (20 USD per day per person) and store the rest of your valuables in the hotel safe.
  • If you happen to carry valuables, avoid flashing them. Keep any jewellery under your clothes and credit cards inside your wallets in your front pockets. Stay alert of your surroundings to prevent pickpocketing.
  • Only purchase valuable stones such as rough diamonds from reputed stores.
  • Avoid travelling or walking alone at night. Avoid remote places unless you are accompanied by a group of people.

Namibia Travel Safety Tips for Self Drives

  • Technology such as Google Maps and GPS has made navigating new locations easier. You may not have a decent data connection in remote areas so you may have to depend on the offline version of Google Maps. Be sure to download it before you start your self-drive journey.
  • Fill up your vehicle tanks at the nearest gas station before you start a long journey. While there are gas stations at some of the safari camps, they are few and far between so always be prepared and fill up whenever you can.
  • Follow the traffic guidelines for speed limits, especially if you have little experience driving on gravel. Gravel roads can create dust clouds that tend to hide vehicles from your view. Tourists are advised to drive slowly so you can control your vehicle as well as be on the lookout for potholes and wild animals on the roads.
  • Before you head out, make sure that you have spare tyres. The roads in Namibia can be rough so you might need to change them. You should also get the roadside assistance number for emergencies.
  • Remember to pack plenty of water and snacks. These will come in handy if your vehicle breaks down and you have to wait for roadside assistance.
  • Tourists who plan on driving around Namibia by themselves should read up on the traffic rules and guidelines. Overall, make sure you are well prepared and have a route planned for your journeys.

Travel Advice For Namibia (Resources)