Namibia two hours ahead of GMT and observes Central Africa Time (CAT) all year round, with no daylight savings. So in summer the time difference is just one hour.
The currency is the Namibian Dollar (NAD), divided into 100 cents. Cards are accepted almost everywhere apart from petrol stations, where you’ll need to pay in cash. Namibia used to be part of the Common Monetary Area, where the South African Rand was used. While the Rand has been replaced by the Namibian Dollar, the Rand is still widely accepted in Namibia.
Electricity and Plugs
220 volts in general and plugs are types D and M, so you will need an adapter.
Shops are open from 08:00 to 13:00 and from 14:30 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.
Although freedom of the press is written into Nambia’s constitution, journalists do report threats made against them and that state censorship does occur. There are five main national daily newspapers, the biggest of which is The Namibian, which is published in both English and Oshiwambo. The main television broadcaster is the state-owned NBC.
To phone Namibia from the UK, add 00 264 to the front of the number you’re dialling (removing the first zero from the number you’re dialling). To call the UK from Namibia, use 00 44 before dialling the number (again, without the first zero).
Internet and Mobile Coverage
Internet access is widespread in all big cities, within hotels, cafes and lodges. Phone signal overall is pretty good in Namibia but you should check with your service provider for specific details before travelling.