Threat level: Low-Medium
Most travellers enjoy their trip to Namibia and rarely run into any issues. The country has a low terror threat and is welcoming to foreign nationals. There is some crime but it is not seriously high or a cause for concern. The capital city Windhoek is one area to be cautious in as there have been some isolated cases in which some foreign travellers have been attacked in recent years. Correct safety procedures and exercising a high level of vigilance should reduce this risk.
Recent security events
Recent events have seen some reports of cars being hijacked as they waited in traffic jams on Windhoek’s busy and congested highways. In a few cases, hijackers have used firearms to add an increased threat. It is thought that foreign nationals are presented as high priority targets as thieves perceive them as being wealthier and more likely to be carrying money/valuables. It is advised that you keep your car doors locked and windows shut, especially in heavy traffic and avoid travelling after dark.
The only real security risk in Namibia is petty crime. Be cautious in tourist areas as pick pockets have been known to operate in the Caprivi Strip and the towns surrounding the Etosha National Park. Basic security precautions will help to ensure a risk free trip, avoid carrying large sums of cash and do not wear expensive jewellery on display.
Theft from cars is also common, particularly in Windhoek. You should only leave cars in secure car parks at night time, and do not have valuable items on display. There is also some risk of cars being broken into in rural areas as well.
Namibia’s economy is tied closely to South Africa’s, this has helped the country produce a highly developed banking sector with modern infrastructure. South African and Namibia’s relationship is very strong on both diplomatic and economic levels. Namibia is a well-established member of both the United Nations and the African Union, as well as being part of the Commonwealth Republic since 1990.
You can drive in Namibia with a UK, U.S. and most EU driving licenses, however it is important to keep your license on you at all times while driving. The roads in urban areas are mostly good quality. During the rainy season which runs from January to April, rural roads can become impassable so take this into consideration before travel.
Avoid travel at night if possible as people and animals often walk in the middle of the roads.