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Okahandja woodwork on display © RTH Sigurdsson

How much things cost in Namibia

Working out a daily budget for general living expenses is a good way to avoid unexpected surprises. We’ve created the following guide to give you an indication of what you can expect to pay for typical items as well as tips for maximising your budget.

ATMs are found in towns but make sure you have enough cash when going into rural areas. Major credit cards such as MasterCard and Visa are accepted in most shops and hotels.

Eating out

Outside the main towns, restaurants are generally only found in hotels. In rural areas, hotels often include dinner and sometimes lunch in the cost of the accommodation.


Tipping is not compulsory in Namibia. However, a 10% tip in restaurants is considered normal for good service. It is also recommended to tip local guides approximately 10 Namibian dollars per person per hour and safari guides 200 Namibian dollars per group per day.

Sightseeing & Activities

Entrance fees must be paid locally on entering national parks in Namibia. At the time of writing (September 2016), the price is 80 Namibian Dollars per person per day and 10 Namibian Dollars per car per day.

If you wish to experience iconic activities such as hot air balloon rides or scenic flights – factor them in whilst you’re planning. These ‘big’ experiences are worth every penny, but they can dig a hole in your holiday budget. Don’t forget, we can book many excursions in advance so that you can spread the cost.

Buying souvenirs and claiming VAT back

All goods and services in Namibia are priced to include value added tax (VAT) of 15%. As a tourist you can claim back the value-added tax (VAT) on certain goods over the value of NAD250. Make sure you get a tax invoice when you make your purchase. The document must contain the date, name of the shop, address and VAT number ending in 5. It must also contain your name and address, a description of the goods sold and the full item price, including and excluding VAT. Claims can be processed at Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros Airport and Walvis Bay Airport.

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Item £ (average)
Cup of coffee 1.50
Water (0.33 litre), restaurant 0.60
Water (1.5 litre), restaurant 1.00
Soft drink (0.33 litre), restaurant 1.00
Beer (0.33 litre), restaurant 2.00
Glass of wine, restaurant 2.00
Meal at an inexpensive restaurant 10.00-15.00
3-course meal for 2 ( mid-range restaurant) 20.00-30.00
Diesel (per litre) 1.25

Please note the amounts quoted here are averages and are updated periodically.  Data is taken

**These prices were correct as at 1st November 2016 based on today’s exchange rate**