Immerse yourself in a country proud of its culture and heritage, its exciting desert, mountain and wildlife destinations. No country does vastness better than Namibia. With a population of only 2 million, it’s easy to see why it feels so untouched. Meet ancient cultures, like the Himba people who rub red ochre in their skins and intricate hairstyles. Also sample German legacy in the food, architecture and festivals.
- Appreciate the appealing loneliness of the open road on self drive packages
- Deserts meet the ocean, mountains meet harsh rocky gorges and huge red dunes. Colours and contrasts abound
- Swakopmund is an adventure tour mecca with everything from quad biking to sky diving
- Local communities manage their wildlife through communal conservancies.
- Nearly 50% of this enormous African country is under protection by environmental laws
TOP 5 NAMIBIA HIGHLIGHTS
- ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK Namibia’s premier National Park where the Big 5 roams. No visit to Namibia would be complete without a stop over here to see the elephants roam and the wildlife congregating at the watering holes.
- SOSSUSVLEI Walk up the stark red dunes, most famous of which is Dune 45. Have your camera handy for stunning sun rises and a wide variety of colours on display.
- DAMARALAND AND KAOKOLAND The last havens for the Black rhino and the desert-dwelling elephants. It’s also best known for its rock art at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Twyfelfontein
- SWAKOPMUND A small city with strong German links. Browse the local markets and arts and crafts shops or dine on fine German cuisine at the restaurants. Swakopmund is also where you’ll find all the adventure activitiy companies. Everything from sand duning to quad biking and sky diving can be done here.
- FISH RIVER CANYON Located in the south of Namibia. It is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. Well worth the visit for it’s stark beauty and spectacular sunsets.
TIPS FOR TRAVELING NAMIBIA
CURRENCY Namibian Dollar (NAD) is the local currency and is linked with the South African Rand which is also widely accepted. Euro is accepted, as is the US Dollar. Most major hotels, restaurants and shops in towns and cities will accept credit cards.
CLIMATE With 300 days of sunshine on average per year, Namibia is truly a sunny place. Summer is from October to April and temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius (104º Fahernheit) which fall at night to cool levels. Winter months are cooler with temperatures dropping to down to 10° C
WHAT TO PACK If your safari is in winter, you will need a thick fleece or jacket for those early morning and evening game drives. You may want to consider gloves and a beanie too. Summer can be exceedingly hot so pack shorts, t-shirts and if you burn easily, a long sleeve shirt. Loose, light weight earth coloured clothing is your best option. Smart casual clothes for evening dining. Take sunscreen, a hat and comfortable footwear. Mosquito protection is necessary and don’t forget your costume as many lodges have pools.
PEAK HOLIDAY SEASON The cooler winter months of May – September is generally the best time to come visit. Animal activity is more prevalent and the day time temperatures more bearable.