Visas: If you hold a UK passport, you can stay in Namibia for up to 90 days without a visa. However, the foreign office is aware of several incidences where, on arrival, visitors have only been permission to stay for a significantly shorter time, some as little as seven days. Check how long you have been given to stay in Namibia for before you leave the immigrations desk, as overstaying your time period could result in your detention for breaking immigration laws. Also, check that you have been given a correctly dated entry stamp by the Namibian immigration officials. For longer periods of stay, contact the Namibian High Commission in London and apply for a visa.
Travel advice: The foreign office advises travellers to avoid driving outside of main towns at night, as wildlife and stray livestock can be a serious safety hazard. Stick to the well-travelled routes when driving along the Caprivi Strip, and carry identification with you at all times. Always consult the foreign office before you travel. Public holidays: Namibia’s public holidays include: New Year’s Day (1 Jan); Independence Day (21 Mar); May Day, which also falls on Labour Day (1 May); The Christian holy day of Ascension (April-May); Cassinga Day (early May); Africa Day (25 May); Heroe’s Day (26 Aug); International Human Rights Day (10 Dec); Christmas Day (25 Dec); Family/Goodwill Day (26 Dec). Local dishes: Namibian cuisine is influenced by both the cooking of the ingenious Herero, Himba and San groups, and by the cuisine of European settlers. Restaurants in Namibia are likely to serve international cuisine, however common menus include dishes made with game meats such as springbok and kudu. Specialities include Rauchfleish (smoked meat), Potjietos (one-pot bush stew), and Namibian oysters. German pastries, breads and cakes are also available. Cornmeal and millets are popular local cereals.