Namibia

Last updated: 4/19/2017

Few countries in Africa can match Namibia's natural beauty.  The country's name derives from the world's oldest desert, the Namib. Inland, running through the heart of the country, a spine of mountains creates glorious scenery and the jaw- dropping Fish River Canyon. With rivers and wetlands in the Caprivi Strip and endless gold grass plains of the Kalahari, it is difficult to think of an African landscape that Namibia doesn't possess.  Namibia was originally inhabited by nomadic hunters gathers, and livestock herders.  Namibia culture and customs are a blend of many different peoples and cultures. Home to the Bushmen, the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa.  Today Namibia and Botswana are the last refuge of these ancient and fragile tribes, struggling to keep a sense of identity in the modern world.  Your help with MAST in this wonderful country will help with the Bible translation of many tribal languages.

Quick Jump

MAST

Visa:

  • US passport holders will be issued tourist Visa on arrival.
  • Passport must contain at least 6 blank Visa pages.
  • Check your visa before leaving the immigration counter. Make sure the visa stamp is valid for your visit (up to 90 days) or transit through Namibia and that immigration officials have given you a correctly dated entry stamp, as this stamp will be checked upon departure. Overstaying the time granted or having an incorrect or missing entry stamp can result in detention, arrest, and fines.
  • Provide a copy of airline itinerary arrival and departure.
  • Passport with at least 6 months before expiration.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photos.

Local Contact:

  • Your Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or Team Lead for MAST
     

Medical:

  • Yellow Fever Card is required only if you are passing through yellow fever belt area before entering Namibia.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Namibia for most update information.
  • Contact your local health provider for recommendations of vaccinations.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler's diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Peto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.

 

Clothes:

  • For Men:
    • Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to the dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc., in the capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
  • For Women:
    • National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress, but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national dress can be made quickly with the fabric of your choice. most women wear a head covering to church (head wraps, hats, scarves).
  • What is socially acceptable and expected footwear?
    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Please keep your shoes clean. Namibians wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat's. There is a proverb, "as you dress so shall you be perceived."


Things to Bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug Spray or wipes with Deet available in the camping department. Easy to transport.
  • Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive.
  • A small flashlight and small battery operated fan.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.) if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
  • Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when travelling). It is always good to have a copy of your passport.

 

Things to Know:

  • Be prepared to do without water, electricity or internet on occasion.
  • The people are very warm and friendly.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
  • Notify your bank that you will be in Namibia so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.