Namibia Tourist Traps

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Namibia Tourist Traps

  • THE RAND PROBLEM

    If you will be returning to South Africa or it is your next destination after Namibia, this is very important. In Namibia they keep their currency, The Namibian Dollar, pegged equally to the South African Rand. 1 Rand = 1N$. The Rand is also legal tender in Namibia. You can pay with it anywhere, no problem. You will even sometimes get change in...

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  • If someone asks your name & writes it in...

    While we were in Swakopmund a man approached us and asked our names. After giving him our names he wrote them in the dirt. We thought that he was just curious and being friendly. But of course he was trying to sell us something. He was trying to sell us a seed (or pit) from a fruit. Once the fruit has been eaten, the brown pit is boiled and can be...

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  • The price level for tourists activities

    The price level for tourists activities like safari, travels, sightseeing, etc is quite high due to the Namibian Tourist Board. Companies registrated must charge prices set by the government. An extreme example for this is the company "Leading Travel" who claimed 1000 N$ (130 USD) for each passengers in a car for a trip from Katima Mulilo crossing...

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  • Harnas - Glorified Zoo

    Although Harnas is about 90km from the Trans Kalahari route, we saw their signpost and decided to have a look since a member of our party saw something about them on TV.Upon arrival we were greeted by a number of tame domestic cats begging for something to eat. By their quite smart eating place, we were treated to someone feeding a lot of...

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  • Parking in towns

    Visiting Swakopmund and Windhoek and looking around for a place to park the car, we discovered the Namibian alternative to parking meters. Local people, usually young men, hover by the kerb ready to approach you as soon as you step out of the car in order to offer to look after it. If you accept you’re charged a small fee and a slip of paper is...

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  • Absolutely nothing

    Of course in any country there is something, but in my short visit, there was absolutely nothing that I could report of. There are not so many tourism to Namibia anyway, so in most places tourist are very much welcome and treated very well and fair.

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  • Lonely and desolate...

    Burnt Mountain, about 15km from Twyfelfontein. It is very desolate and there is nothing here. It is okay if you are stuck for something to do. At least go on a bit of a walk. Spend more time on the Skeleton Coast

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  • Waterberg Gamedrive - only for adicts

    It's very unlikely that you will see many animals on the "official" 4 hour game drive to the plateau. None of the fellow travellers we've met has seen many animals. The price for the tour has been raised from 40N$ to 200N$ in early 2003 and is now clearly overpriced. It is certainly a bad idea to go on the game drive when you've been to places...

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  • Reptile Park at Mokuti Lodge, near...

    Although they do have a few snakes and crocodiles at the Mokuti Lodge reptile park, it's really only of interest to true reptile lovers.Why pay to see the paltry pack of cold-blooded critters when you're going to be entering Etosha National Park in the immediate future? Sure, finding some of these animals in the wild will be near to impossible....

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  • Not even a beach...

    I think Luderitz on The Namibian coast is a bit of a waste of time. There isn't even a decent bit of sand and the shops are pretty thin on the ground too. Go and have some lunch at one of the cafes, there seem to be a few around. Instead of heading here go in land to Kolmanskop.

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  • Mt Etjo Lodge

    Paying to watch caged leopards and lions fed.Personally found that crass and horrible and very expensive. Not my idea of eco-tourism.I found it repugnant. The Lodge itself is stunning and the food magnificent as is the service. The animal feeding tour is optional. Politely decline if it's not your thing. Take their game drive tour. Not too bad...

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  • They saw me coming...

    I thought that the souvenirs that were for sale in the main street were outrageously over priced. I did see, however, some rose wood carvings that were very tempting, even if very expensive with some real gold and silver insets. You don't have to pay if you only look. I bought a cheap souvenir glass at Joe's Beer House for 15 Namibian dollar - at...

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  • Windhoek pricey knick-knack...

    Windhoek pricey knick-knack shops...much better to go to the markets and bargain for your price....hand made with flaws is better if it helps the local people than encouraging the exploitation of said people by selling their history in an over-priced shop...still those shops do have some very nice things.

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  • Be cautious when purchasing...

    Be cautious when purchasing that 'special something' from street vendors, without having a general idea of what a similar item would cost in a normal gift shop. Street price is generally higher, while quality is generally lower. We found the Windhoek Arts and Crafts center to be an excellent place to shop.

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  • Aug 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Swakopmund--Tourists beware!! Avoid Puma Gas Station on San Nujoma in Swak at all costs!! They will waive you in and one guy distracts you while the other one quickly fills the tank and says it was filled with the higher number on the pump next to it! It is a scam they run there and are quite good at it. Go down the street to the one that has convenience store and is busier and watch the pump carefully. Really too bad because it is a fun beach town.

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