Namibia Warnings and Dangers

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Namibia Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving in Namibia

    Namibia Warnings and Dangers

    I know I’ve already mentioned this on my introductory page and in my Transportation tip, but you really can’t be too careful when driving in Namibia! Most of the roads, even major routes, are gravel, but because they’re wide, straight, very quiet and mostly pretty smooth, it’s easy to start to relax and let your speed creep up above the...

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  • Snakes, scorpions and other dangerous...

    Namibia Warnings and Dangers

    On the day we were out trying to spot a desert elephant or two, we had just got back into our jeep when a black mamba slithered across our path. The mamba's reputation goes before it. For the wary traveller, it is sometimes hard to separate fact from myth. The black mamba is in fact an olive green colour (but I wouldn't advise you to approach one...

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  • Water

    Namibia Warnings and Dangers

    Obviously in a dry desert country you have to be sure that you carry and have enough water with you. Even in the winter season it can get hot above the 30 Celsius so I can imagine the summer heat. Be sure that you have not only water for drinking but also for you car in case it gets over heated.

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  • Changing Money

    Namibia Warnings and Dangers

    When changing money in Namibia at banks, allow plenty of time. And, if you're actually cashing traveller's cheques, add some more time onto that. :) There seem to be an insufferable number of forms to fill out, supervisors' approvals to obtain, and so forth. AND, if you're changing a "substantial sum" (which could be anything over about $300 US),...

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  • ATM ROBBERY

    Namibia has few large cities and towns. They also have very little crime. What they do have, especially in Windhoek, is a thriving business in stealing from you when you go to an ATM. Think about it. You have your back to the world and they have all day to watch you. The most common fraud is for 2 guys to watch you go to the machine and turn your...

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  • DOUBLE YOUR WATER

    Too much water? Other than a flood, have you ever heard that as a problem? I was told that it might be unnecessary by a fellow traveller in Namibia. We had set off by car across the dune sea. We were leaving the car in a remote area with no facilities for an all day walk across the dunes. He suggested 2 litters of water per person in our group....

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  • Drive safely

    I know I’ve already mentioned this on my introductory page and in my Transportation tip, but you really can’t be too careful when driving in Namibia! Most of the roads, even major routes, are gravel, but because they’re wide, straight, very quiet and mostly pretty smooth, it’s easy to start to relax and let your speed creep up above the recommended...

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  • Car Guards

    So you are in a Namibian town on city and are thrilled that you can park for free on the street. There are no parking meters!Not so fast, there are "car guards", and for $N3 - $N5 per hour they will watch your car. They do have a quasi-uniform (jacket or vest) that identifies them as an official car guard. While under their watchful eye, nothing...

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  • Veterinary Control Points

    Namibia is in many ways two separate countries. The south that has commercial agriculture and industry and the north the supports traditional lifestyles, including traditional susistance agriculture and herding.In order reduce the rist of animal diseases being transferred to the farms in the south, there are animal control checkpoints along all the...

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  • Driving in Namibia - Back roads

    This is a warning to those peope that do not have any experience in driving on gravel and sand roads. SLOW DOWN!I saw too many people driving these as if they were the Autobahn or some other western superhighway. They are not and even though the speed limit is normally 80 km/hr and in some cases higher, you can't do it. Sand and gravel do not give...

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  • Driving in Namibia - Wet Gravel / Sand...

    As they say, when it rains, it pours. The sand and gravel roads turn from acceptable driving surfaces to soft mud very quickly and you will have very limited control of your vehicles. If you are an experienced ice and snow driver things will feel very familiar to you! Most people will probably visit in the dry season, but if you are there during...

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  • Driving in Namibia - Choosing a vehicle

    The paved B roads can be driven with normal vehicles, but the C and D roads may be problematic.If you are planning to drive on any unpaved roads, consider getting a 4x4 with high clearance. This applies to Etosha National Park as well. The main roads are fine, but the side ones, especially during rainy season can be problematic if you have a slow...

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  • Driving in Namibia - Deep Sand on Roads

    There are some areas on main roads (C and D roads) where you might frun into deep sand. The last part of the drive to the sand dunes near Sessriem and the road up to Nhoma are two places we ran into this.If you are not an experience deep sand driver (or if you are used to driving in very snowy areas, many of the same skills apply). You can get...

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  • Credit Cards, ATMs and cash

    The telecommnications infrastructure in Namibia is not terribly robust, especially in more remote parts of the country. In bad weather, this problem extends to places like Windheok as well.Bottom line is that your credit cards may not work, ATMs may not give you cash, so make sure you have sufficient cash to cover off your costs if you run into...

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  • Dangerous creatures - the black mamba

    On the day we were out trying to spot a desert elephant or two, we had just got back into our jeep when a black mamba slithered across our path. The mamba's reputation goes before it. For the wary traveller, it is sometimes hard to separate fact from myth.The black mamba is in fact an olive green colour (but I wouldn't advise you to approach one...

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  • Deceptively Deadly

    I have read several of the posts regarding the travel conditions in Namibia, and I must say more emphasis must be placed on personal awareness, each visitor taking their safety completely upon their own shoulders. I say this because I received zero information, instructions, warnings, or any material regarding driving dangers from my rental...

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  • Deceptively Deadly

    I have read several of the posts regarding the travel conditions in Namibia, and I must say more emphasis must be placed on personal awareness, each visitor taking their safety completely upon their own shoulders. I say this because I received zero information, instructions, warnings, or any material regarding driving dangers from my rental...

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  • Flat Tires

    Most of the roads in Namibia are gravel and it is almost certain that you will have a flat tire somewhere on the road. It is good to have the 2nd one spare tire available just in case till you get to repair the 1st one, so ask for it when renting a car.

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  • ANIMALS IN THE ROAD

    Elephants! You always wanted to see them, but did you want to run into them with your car? Poor Elephants. It will hurt them when you hit them. They will walk off from the mangled wreckage of your car and body and be sore for days. If you survive your travels will at the very least be over. Giraffes, wild boar, donkeys, horses, children and...

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  • Windhoek. Safer than they say.

    A look at the sign on the wall in my hostel might put a lot of people off sampling the delights of Windhoek (see photo).Not one to be detered, I ventured out and found..............a very clean,friendly, dull capital city.Not one bad situation, the opposite in fact. Helpful, friendly people. I remain good friends with the sister of the owner of La...

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  • Driving on gravel roads

    When driving in Namibia, on unsealed roads keep your speed down to 80km/h or less and drive with care. This is what happend in this photo. The van was going to fast to take the sharp bend in the road. This photo was taken in Etosha NP About 1km from a leopard sighting, there are also lions in this area

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  • Watch out for wildlife!

    As well as the danger of skidding on the gravel road surface, there’s an additional hazard to be aware of when driving in Namibia – animals! This is particularly true in Etosha of course, but you’re liable to see different types of deer and smaller animals anywhere. On our first day in the country, just 15 minutes drive from the airport, we spotted...

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  • Drive on the wrong side

    One thing to remember, in Namibia they drive on the wrong side (on the left) so coming from mainland Europe it took me some hours to adjust to it. Well, at list there is not traffic in Namibia so it was not that big problem.

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  • Beautiful people

    Oh yeah, I almost forgot, not really danger but, well, the Namibian's are one of the most kind, polite and beautiful people I ever met, so the danger is that you might not want to go back home.

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  • Have enough water with you

    Obviously in a dry desert country you have to be sure that you carry and have enough water with you. Even in the winter season it can get hot above the 30 Celsius so I can imagine the summer heat. Be sure that you have not only water for drinking but also for you car in case it gets over heated.

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  • Big animals on the road

    The only real danger I could think of in Namibia is car accidents and, big animals.Read my transportation tips regarding the roads and speed. Other danger was this that I was a little bit too close to this elephant crossing the road, well, he did not took a look at me and did not wave his ears, if he would do so, I was just in reverse gear to...

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  • AIDS!

    Namibia has got one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world, with estimation that one in three black Namibians have the virus today. Hence use prevention; else you probably play Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun.

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  • Be Safe ...

    You should have no problems driving in Namibia if you follow a few basic rules* Gravel roads are so good & smooth you might give in to the temptation to overspeed - be careful, no matter how good they are they the car is prone to skidding at curves. So keep an eye on the road and avoid any sudden swerves or braking. It is very easy to lose control...

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  • Do not drive at night

    Firstly, watch your speed on the dirt roads, think of them as icy roads as the problems driving on them are similar. A sensible speed is required at all times, the gravel can change and one dirt road needs a different type of driving to another one.Keep alert, wild animals come out of nowhere before you realise it and especially do not drive of a...

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  • Snakes

    It is true that you are advise of snakes and scorpions ... but you never really think you are going to find one in your way.It did happend to me. I was walking in Aus Klein Vista Camp before sunset with John and Shona and suddenly we founded this big snake in our way. It was a strange snake because she didn't move waving and was a little flat. We...

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  • The Jackal thief

    lots of black-backed jackals are around the camp at night.DON'T LEAVE YOUR SHOES OUTSIDE YOUR TENT.(despite the advise SirRichard gave me before going "don't leave your shoes out the tent or the jackals will still them" ... I did and that is what did happened.. a jackal took one of my shoes ... my only good walking shoes ... but ... thanks god I...

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  • Wildlife - yes not only the big 5

    Although you must be very lucky (or unlucky) to actually meet one of these scorpions (see picture) or a snake, especially, if you are not camping outside overnight, there still IS a chance.This really wonderful exemplar of a scorpion was discovered by my boyfriend after he moved the bedside table in our bungalow room in Gross Barmen.I am not sure...

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  • Warning Wild animals

    All along Namibia you will find different traffic warning of different kinds of animals. One of my favorites is this one ... cheetas warning ... great :))) more if you are sleeping near it at a camp with any kind of fence:)The real animals that will get near your tent at night are the jackals ... they will still your shoes if you left them outside

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  • Toilet - what toilet?

    It can happen: you are in the wild and ...Nature calls ... and no toilets aroundSo what to do? This is the right procedure if you have to go:Take with you:a shovel: so you can make a holea flash-light : when its night.toilet paper - no, you will not find any leaves.a lighter - to burn the toilet paper ( burying it is no good, since it is so dry, it...

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  • Childrens gangs at the gas stations

    Not from personal experience, but I have heard, that you should be careful, when filling up your car in Keetmanshope (goes for other towns as well).There a children gangs around.Always keep all doors closed and keep both sides of the car in sight.Don´t let your car stand there without anyone watching.

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  • Namibia road conditions and offensive...

    I am for sure not the first, nor the only one who says this, but: Namibias roads can be dangerous.Not because of the bad road surfaces. This might be gravel, but it is actually quite good driving on it. Too easy, actually. After a while you tend to drive too fast for the conditions. Stopping on gravel takes longer than you think.Often there are...

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  • Dangerous creatures - scorpions

    I don't intend to be a scare mongerer, in fact, after travelling in the tropics off and on for almost 10 years, it was only last year that I encountered any dangerous creatures at all - and of course, then became fascinated. While on our bush safari to visit the Himba tribe, we were sitting around the campfire telling tall tales (as one does), with...

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  • breaking down in the desert

    Namibia is a country that lends itself to getting away from it all and touring around by car. However its desert roads and civilised cafes can be deceptive. You’ll need to think ahead to be sure that, if the worst happens, you are properly prepared.We blew a tyre on the long road towards the Skeleton coast. Although this road is one which is...

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  • And remember, if you're driving, take...

    A driving holiday in Namibia is a great easy to get away from it all. there are some wonderful mountain roads, and You can drive for hours without meeting another vehicle or even another person. With this freedom however comes a set of warnings.Most places that you would want to visit are accessible only by taking gravel roads. Driving on gravel...

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  • Take heed of the road signs

    There are two signs on Namibian roads that need to be obeyed. One is like a smiley face, and means there is a dip (river-bed) in the road ahead. If you're going too fast, your suspension and teeth will take a hammering.The other indicates a bend, and is merely an arrow pointing left or right.Again, if you are going too fast, then you could lose...

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  • Keep car doors locked in Windhoek

    Nothing got stolen but 2 guys tried to do an old trick. One distracted me at the side of the road - pointing as if the tyre was flat. Meanwhile his friend went round the other side of the car and opened the rear door. When I realised what was happening, he dropped the bag. So, when in town, it doesn't do any harm to keep all your doors locked....

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  • Do not mess with snakes ...

    All around Namibia are venomenous snakes. The most dangerous one to travellers (especially to hikers) might be the puff adder, as it is one of the few reptils, which will not hide, when the unwary hiker comes along. Most other snakes will be out of sight, long before you approach them, so it's unlikely to get into problems.If you, however, see a...

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  • Beware of Scorpions!

    If you plan on camping in Namibia, you must take extra precautions against scorpion bites. Always wear your hiking boots, not sandals and never leave your tent unzipped.

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  • Bumpy roads

    Very dangerous are road bumps and dust for frontal crush. When we was there some Italians die in this way.

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  • Stay upwind at Cape Cross !!

    One of the main attractions of visiting Cape Cross is the opportunity to see the huge seal colony resident on the beach and rock jetties.But, just a note.... 100,000+ seals, eating fish and leaving waste DO have an odor. :) I'd suggest having a non-queasy stomach, and staying upwind if at all possible. And, after you DO visit, you might want to...

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