For the adventurer, bird lover
                and water sports enthusiast

NAMIBIA

MONEY MATTERS

Currency

The unit of currency is the Namibia Dollar (N$), which is divided into 100 cents. This is fixed to the South African Rand. Notes are issued in denominations of N$200, N$100, N$50, N$20 and N$10. Coins are issued as N$5, N$1, 50 cents, 10 cents and 5 cents. The Namibia Dollar and the South African Rand are the only legal tender in Namibia and both can be used freely to purchase goods and services.

Exchange Rate

The Namibia Dollar is fixed to and equals the South African Rand. Generally, you will find that fine cuisine, wine, and entertainment cost a fraction of the tariff charged by equivalent establishments elsewhere in the world. A Continental/English breakfast will cost about US$3, a meat or vegetable pie and a soft drink about US$1 and an evening meal around US$10-15. A glass of traditional beer costs as little as US$0.10!

Credit Cards

International Visa and Mastercard credit cards are generally accepted throughout Namibia. Holders of other credit cards are advised to clarify with a commercial bank whether their card is acceptable in Namibia. Credit cards are not always accepted at petrol filling stations.

Tipping

Tipping is only expected in upmarket tourist establishments where a service charge is not included. In this case, do not leave more than a 10% tip. Tipping is officially prohibited in national parks and reserves. Haggling for local handicrafts at roadside stalls is quite acceptable.