Tips and recommendations for healthy travel to top destinations
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Namibia’s sprawling, untouched landscapes teem with countless types of wildlife and animals. If anyone is looking to experience nature in truest form, then they don’t need to look much further than Namibia.
Etosha National Park is a popular destination in Namibia offering the chance to see and interact with wildlife. If travellers wish to see the city life instead, then they can head to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. In the many buildings in this bustling city, traces of the colonial era are still evident through the architecture.
The variety in attractions and lifestyles makes Namibia the perfect destination for the tourist that wants to get the best of both wild- and city life in Africa.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Namibia. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Namibia: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, and influenza.
Malaria, dengue and chikungunya are all present in Namibia. Take measure to protect yourself including using mosquito netting, insect repellents and taking antimalarials (if recommended for your itinerary).
African sleeping sickness has been found in Namibia. Though no cases have been reported in nearly a decade, there is still a risk. Use insect repellents and try to avoid tsetse flies when in regions where the insect is present.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
Cholera is present in Namibia. The food- and water-borne infection poses a threat to travelers, especially aid workers and individuals visiting family or rural areas where outbreaks are known to occur.
The most reliable protection against cholera is through vaccination. Passport Health clinics offer Vaxchora, the only cholera vaccine available in the United States. If you are concerned, make sure to book your cholera vaccination appointment today.
Americans planning to visit Namibia will need a visa to enter the country. You will also need a valid U.S. passport that will remain valid for at least six months beyond your date of departure.
Travelers to Namibia must show proof of vaccination at entry or they will not be allowed into the country.
For more information, see our Namibia visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling or by filling out our online form.
Namibia is one of the sunniest countries on the planet. The nation experiences about 300 days of sun each year. Humidity is often low, but the air can be quite dry. This sun and warmth is typical of most regions in Namibia, but the climate can differ slightly across the country. Here is what to expect in a few tourist destinations:
There are varying levels and types of criminal activity in Namibia.
Banditry is prevalent along the Namibia-Angola border. Make sure you only pass through official border crossing areas and travel during the day. There are police checkpoints 9 mile outside of all major cities and highways. Keep all travel and identification materials with you at all times.
Crimes of opportunity often occur in Namibia. The most prevalent incidents reported include ATM card skimming, purse snatching and pickpocketing. More violent crimes, like rape and murder, have increased in the capital of Windhoek. Residential break-ins also occur.
To avoid risk of these crimes, dress conservatively, do not flaunt valuables and avoid walking alone and at night.
Many tourists flock to Namibia to experience untouched, wild landscapes and animals. Ecotours are very popular among travellers. Hiking, swimming, camping and driving through the wilderness are also choice adventures.
Encounters with wildlife can be dangerous, as animals can be unpredictable. Remember that the creatures you may meet are not domesticated, and are not guaranteed to be friendly. This fact remains true no matter how small or cute a creature may be. Many tourists want to touch or feed animals. But, this can provoke them and lead to potentially violent attacks.
Always bring enough water and supplies on every adventure you partake in.
In addition to all travel documents and medications recommended by a Passport Health Travel Medicine Specialist, here are some items to consider packing:
All Americans visiting Namibia should register with the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek. This will inform the office of your travel plans and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation. You can register online, through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
U.S. Embassy Windhoek
14 Lossen Street
Visit the U.S. Embassy website before your departure to confirm correct contact details for the U.S. Embassy in Namibia.
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