Safety in Namibia

Crime in Namibia

Because criminal activity is high, you are strongly advised for your own safety to be diligent in your monitoring of developments while in Namibia. Pick pocketing is typical of the prevalent petty crime. Although rare, violent crime against foreigners does occur. Your personal valuables should not be left in a car, nonetheless keep your windows up and doors locked at all times. At night security risks rise, so walking alone is not advised. At ATM's extra vigilance is required as criminals may attempt to distract or deceive as they seek to separate you from your money.  There have been reports of credit card skimming or copying so be vigilant when using them. Never let it leave your sight and monitor statements carefully for fraudulent transactions.

Reports have surfaced of taxi drivers robbing foreigners.  Taxis displaying the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association logo  or organized through a reputable hotel are recommended.

HIV/AIDS has a very high incidence thus victims of violent crime particularly rape as advised to seek immediate medical attention.

Local Travel

Unfamiliarity with local conditions and high rates of speed often cause incidents of foreigners being involved in single vehicle accidents. Nambia's gravel roads require extra care. Poor local driving habits, lack of street lighting, poorly maintained vehicles, livestock or wild animals straying onto the road are the various traffic hazards. Dirt and gravel are the norm for rural roads while those in urban areas are generally in good condition. Adequate supplies of emergency provisions, water and fuel are required when traveling in desert areas while always being aware of local conditions.

Unexploded land mines and munitions remain in certain regions such as Kavango and Caprivi and all areas bordering Angola. Be certain to stay only on well traveled routes.



Maintain a safe and legal distance in keeping with wildlife laws  including when observing bird and marine animals.  Adhere closely to all park regulations and wardens advice and use only professional and reputable guides.

Civil Unrest/Political Tension

Demonstrations and large public gatherings can become violent so you are well advised to avoid them. Details regarding possible safety and security can be obtained as you monitor local media sources.