Food and tipping in Namibia

oshifima Traditional oshifima

Meat – ostrich, chicken, beef and free-range venison such as kudu, eland and oryx – features heavily in Namibian cuisine and is cooked barbecue-style or in potjiekos, a one-pot stew. Most tourist restaurants serve meaty international fare, so you’ll have to look out for restaurants that offer Namibian eats such as oshifima (a millet and maize meal porridge served with stew), dried fish, oshingali (bean soup) and spicy mopane worms. You can taste Namibia’s German influence in dishes such as eisbein (pork knuckle), pork schnitzel and delicious cakes and pastries such as apfelstrudel and black forest cake. Local specialities to look out for are fresh oysters in Lüderitz on the coast and Kalahari truffles from eastern Namibia: delicious rare delicacies which are in season in April and May.

oysters namibia

Namibian beer, brewed in accordance with a Bavarian purity law, is excellent. Two favourite local brands are Windhoek and Tafel, and you can also find German beers in bars and restaurants around the country. There are few Namibian wineries so if you’re not drinking beer, you’re most likely going to be sipping South African sauvignon blanc and pinotage.

serra cafema camp Credit | Serra Cafema Camp

It’s standard to leave a 10 to 15% tip in restaurants. If you park your car in Windhoek then there may be a car guard who offers to watch over it while you’re gone – it’s usual to tip them a few Namibian dollars when you return to your car. People usually tip petrol attendants around N$5 for fuelling.

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Most lodges will offer a suggestion of tipping amounts for guides, trackers and housekeeping staff which is usually an amount per day. Some lodges ask for you to put your tip in an envelope and hand it to the manager or guide, and some have tip boxes at reception. It’s customary to leave a tip at the end of your stay (it’s not necessary to tip at the end of each day or activity), especially for guides and trackers.


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