Stay Safe in Namibia
Namibia is a peaceful nation that has never been engaged in a conflict. The Angolan civil war ended in May 2002, and the violence that spilled over into northern Namibia is no longer a concern.
Namibia, on the other hand, has a comparatively high crime rate. Keep an eye out for ATMs. It is not advisable for foreigners to stroll or use cabs alone after dark. Pickpockets may be an issue. No native will stroll with a bag, and criminals use the bag to determine who is a tourist and who isn’t. Stuff everything you own into the pockets of your pants. There have been many reports of armed robberies recently. Electric fences are built in nearly every home in Windhoek for home protection.
The majority of reported robberies occur just outside of the city center. According to the authorities, cab drivers are often involved: they identify vulnerable tourists and communicate with the thieves through mobile phone. Take these warnings in perspective; if you remain vigilant and take some common sense measures, you should be OK. When asked where you stay, never be precise; “in town” or “at any B&B” suffices for all good-faith discussions and does not reveal your planned path.
Visitors should have little trouble visiting the townships, but do not go alone unless you are acquainted with the region. If you’ve been traveling in Southern Africa for a while, you’re undoubtedly aware of what you’re doing.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a major issue in Namibia. The issue is exacerbated since most individuals do not see it as a problem. Be particularly cautious while driving or walking in the nights on weekends.
Stay Healthy in Namibia
In Namibia, the HIV infection rate is about 25%.
Namibia’s medical system is up to date and capable of meeting your requirements. Because the staff is well-trained, HIV transmission in hospitals is not a problem. This applies to both government and private institutions, but lines at private hospitals are typically shorter, and there have been instances of erroneous diagnosis at government hospitals.
The northern portion of Namibia is a malaria-risk zone; thus, contact a doctor before traveling and take necessary malaria precautions while visiting these regions.
Unless otherwise stated, Namibia’s water supply is generally safe to drink. Campgrounds near rivers often receive their water straight from the river, so don’t drink it!
Having said that, make sure you contact a physician who specializes in Southern African health problems, as well as websites such as the Centre for Disease Control. Make sure you’re comfortable with the safety of anything you’re going into.