I will need to bring around US$7000 worth of currency into Namibia for a short stay.
(Note that the Namibian dollar is pegged to the South African Rand, and Rand are accepted in place of Namibian dollars everywhere in Namibia.)
Would it be better to:
- carry euros or sterling and exchange it at a local bank or bureau
- exchange euros or sterling into South African rand in Europe before travelling
- use a MasterCard in Namibia at a bank to obtain the local currency needed?
Another option is to convert euros/sterling into US dollars before travelling and to carry those.
In the past, I have bought rand in Europe before travelling, and that has been fine. On this occasion the sums are larger and any losses in exchange will be magnified.