The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (N$) which is made up of 100 cents. The Namibian Dollar is linked to the South African Rand on the ratio of 1:1 and both currencies are legal trade in Namibia, however please note that Namibian currency is not accepted in South Africa.
International Visa and Mastercard credit cards are generally accepted throughout Namibia. Credit cards are not accepted at petrol filling stations. Traveler’s checks can be cashed at banks.
In more rural or remote areas, carry Namibian Dollars or South African Rand. In Windhoek, Swakopmund and the larger towns there are plenty of banks and ATMs. Visa cards are best for drawing cash from ATMs.
Tipping is not compulsory. If, however, you want to tip because you have received good service, the following brief guideline may assist you. Tips may be given in US Dollars, Namibian Dollars or South African Rand:
Airport, train station and hotel porters: Porters are given a tip of N$3 – N$5 per item of luggage, paid directly at the time of checking in or out.
Restaurants: A tip of 10% is standard if you feel that you have received good service.
Private Game Lodges: Tipping is entirely discretionary, depending on how well you feel the team have performed. The following is only a guideline:
- Guide: N$50-N$75 per person per day
- Tracker: N$25-N$30 per person per day
- General staff: N$30-N$50 per person per day. This should be placed in the communal tip box to be distributed equally amongst all the staff
Generally speaking Namibia is a safe place to visit. Crime is a serious concern, but visitors who employ common-sense preventive measures normally enjoy an incident-free stay.
For up to date advice we recommend you refer to your own governmental travel advisories:
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice Namibia: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/sub-saharan-africa/namibia
US Department of State International Travel Information Namibia: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_977.html