A practical foreign exchange and currency guide on sending money and travel to Namibia
Known as the land of endless horizons, the vast distances and epic landscapes of this country are an awe inspiring thing to behold. The landscapes in Namibia have an ability to make a traveler feel small, and at times feel otherworldly. A little known fact is that Namibia has the second lowest population density in the world after Mongolia, with only 2.2 million inhabitants. It may be vast, and distances may be long, bu Namibia has an awful lot to see and do. Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon and Kolmanskop are must visit destinations to the south, while the unique and wild coastlines of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and the Skeleton Coast should not be missed.Don’t forget Etosha National Park, home to some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa, and the epic, otherworldly landscapes of Spitzkoppe. And we haven’t even mentioned the abundant plains of the Caprivi Strip yet – one of Africa’s most unspoiled safari destinations!
Namibia, along with South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland, are all part of the Common Monetary Area. Therefore, the Namibian Dollar is on 1:1 parity with the South African Rand. The South African Rand is widely accepted within Namibia, which is definitely handy if you have leftover change from your travels in South Africa. Credit card facilities are available just about everywhere. However, do still carry an amount of cash with you, just in case.
Namibians commonly speak two or three languages; English, a native tongue like Oshiwambo (spoken by 49% of the population), and either German or Afrikaans. In fact, due to the country’s colonial history you’ll hear German pretty regularly around areas like Swakopmund (which looks eerily like a quaint german town), while Afrikaans often functions as the lingua franca between locals.
Namibia is a dry desert country and the heat is intense. However, be aware that during the winter months nighttime can get very cool in the desert. If you are visiting in Namibia in the summertime pack things like shorts, tank tops, and sandals. In the winter the daytime will still be warm, but for evenings bring some extra layers. Also, pack up any electronics well before heading to Namibia. The dry air and dust really seep its way into the crevices of laptops and camera equipment.
When it comes to travel and safety in Namibia, take the normal precautions you would anywhere, such as never leaving valuables or bags unattended in your car, and being wary of those around you at ATMs. In some areas, we recommend that you don’t wander alone or catch taxis late at night (particularly after 9pm) as there have been reports of armed muggings and theft of tourist’s backpacks.
The below comparison table makes it easy to find the best exchange rates and lowest fees when you want to make a Transfer or Spend Namibian dollar.
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