Safety and Security in Namibia
Namibia is a mostly crime-free destination and the police forces are well trained. Still, you shouldn’t tempt fate. To avoid unnecessary stress and frustration take these safety precautions particularly in larger cities such as Windhoek and Swakopmund:
- Avoid walking through deserted parts of town at night
- Conceal your valuables such as jewellery or large amounts of cash
- Don’t let strangers assist you with banking or at the ATM
- Place valuable in a safe at your accommodation
- Support the official car guards
- Don’t leave your vehicle unlocked
- Don’t leave valuables places visible in your vehicle, rather lock them in the boot
If you are travelling north you need to take precautions for malaria. See our medical section for more information. Swimming in the rivers of the Kavango and Caprivi Regions is not advisable as crocodiles are abundant.
Namibia has a remarkably good road network with many tar roads and well maintained gravel roads. However, Namibia’s wilderness can’t be tamed completely and Mother Nature is always a force to be reckoned with. Sudden rainfalls can make gravel roads slippery and unpredictable, impaired visions through dust clouds and wildlife crossing the road can lead to a bad ending. To be safe reduce speed on gravel roads to no more than 80km/h and be particularly careful when taking sharp corners. For more driving tips read our transport section.