Namibia Border Posts
Handy to know
Currency: Namibian dollar, but the rand is also legal tender (N$1 = R1)
Fuel: Leaded and unleaded petrol and diesel are readily available; you may battle in remote places.
Malaria risk: Low to medium in the north
Emergency numbers: 10111 (police); 911 (general)
High Commission: Cnr Nelson Mandela Avenue and Jan Jonker Street, Windhoek; 00264 61 205 7111; email@example.com
High Commission in SA: 012 481 9100; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.namibia.org.za
More information: http://wikitravel.org/en/Namibia; www.namibiatourism.com.na; 00264 61 290 6000; 021 422 3298
Visa: Not required for SA citizens for a period of up to 90 days per year
International driver’s licence: Not required, but carry your SA licence
Inoculation certificate: Hepatitis A and tetanus vaccinations are recommended.
Medical insurance: Recommended
Vehicle insurance: Proof of insurance is unnecessary, but third-party insurance is recommended.
Vehicle registration documents: Uncertified copies are sufficient (also remember trailer/caravan registration documents).
Clearance certificates: Fishing permits are required. A CPD is only compulsory if the vehicle is shipped to Namibia.
At the border post
Cost: R200 per vehicle, R130 per towed vehicle
Equipment: At least one emergency triangle per vehicle
ZA sticker: Yes
What may I take in? Gifts up to a value of N$200 and all personal items are duty free; 2 cartons cigarettes, 50 cigars and 250g tobacco; 2 litres wine and 1 litre spirits or other alcoholic drinks; 50ml perfume and 250ml eau de toilette. You aren’t allowed to take firewood or mealie meal across the border.
And meat? You may bring 25kg chicken pp and 25kg meat pp to Namibia, and take 10kg biltong and 25kg red meat out of the country. Note: No pork is allowed.
Border post times: Hohlweg 08.00-14.30; Klein Menasse-Rietfontein 08.00-16:30; Ariamsvlei-Naroegas 24 hours; Noordoewer-Vioolsdrif 24 hours; Oranjemund-Alexander Bay 06.00-22.00; Velloorsdrif-Onseepkans 08.00-16.30; Sendelingsdrif 08.00-16.00 (dial 027 831 1506 to find out whether the border post is open. It costs R150 per vehicle across the ferry, and R50 extra for a towed vehicle.); Mata-Mata 08.00-16.30 (You have to sleep in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for at least two nights to be allowed to drive through here. Have your passport stamped at Twee Rivieren if you enter the park; there is no customs official at Mata-Mata.)
Originally published in DO #42 Jan-Feb 2011