CREDIT, RISK & COMPLIANCE
Palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, fine accommodation, a pleasant summer climate and decent beaches. Welcome to Swakopmund – Namibia’s premier holiday resort!
A quaint German harbour resort with mild temperatures and negligible rainfall, Swakopmund generally enjoys grit in the oyster. When an easterly wind blows, the town gets a good sand-blasting, and almost perpetual drizzle. The fog rolls up to 30km inland and provides moisture for desert-dwelling plants and animals, including 80 species of lichen.
Swakopmund feels overwhelmingly Germanic – indeed, it has Germany – but for visitors, it’s Namibia’s adrenalin capital, and offers a wide range of exciting activities from sand boarding and quad-biking to skydiving and camel riding.
MasterCard and Visa are accepted.
(NAD; symbol N$) is in note denominations of N$200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of N$5, N$1, 50 cents, 10 cents and 5 cents. It is linked to the South African Rand (R) on a 1:1 basis (South African Rand = 100 cents). The South African Rand is a legal tender in Namibia, so you can simply pay in your South African Rand.
220 volts AC, 50hz. Outlets are of the round three-pin type (same as South African plugs).
Namibia is not subject to any prior health certificates or injections for this trip to Swakopmund.
The official language is English, however, German is widely spoken.
TAX AND CUSTOMS
General Sales Tax (GST) in Namibia is 15% on goods and services. Bona fide tourists to Namibia are exempt from paying sales duty or excise duty on luxury items. Visitors may reclaim VAT at Hosea Kutako International Airport , Eros Airport and Walvis Bay Airport.
Summer time: GMT + 2 hours in October. Same time as South Africa.
As Namibia, being a typical semi-desert, the climate varies daily, with hot days and cool nights, it is recommended that you pack both summer clothing, as well something warm for the evenings. It is advisable to pack a sweater and/or jacket as it becomes quite cool in the evenings and early mornings. Locals prefer dressing in layers with a shirt, light jersey and fleece top over the lot as it allows one to peel off or add as the day progresses. The weather is very unpredictable, so ensure you never go about without something warm.
October average low – 12° Celcius
October average high – 18° Celcius