Namibia with Wilderness Safaris

Travel Advice for Namibia

Namibia is the fifth largest country in Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east.

Full name: Republic of Namibia
Capital: Windhoek
Population: 2.2 million (2014)
Geographic coordinates: 22 00 S, 17 00 E
Area: 824 292 sq. km / 318 260 sq. mi
Time: +2 hours GMT (summer); +1 hour GMT (winter)

Climate and Seasonality

The climate is typically semi-desert with hot days and cool nights. Midsummer temperatures may rise to over 40 degrees Celsius. Winter days are warm, but dawn temperatures may drop to freezing. Along the coast it is cool with low rainfall and fog prevails from late afternoon until mid-morning.

The rainy season lasts from October to April. The rest of the year is dry and cloudless. Namibia averages 300 days of sunshine a year.

What to pack

  • Sunblock, sun hat and good quality sunglasses
  • Camera with waterproof/dustproof bag/cover
  • Good walking shoes (tennis shoes are fine)
  • Malaria tablets (if applicable)
  • Warm Anorak or Parka and scarf / gloves for winter
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Health and Safety

Namibia is a stable democracy; however, it is sensible to take basic precautions whilst travelling anywhere in the world. We advise that you ask Tourist Information Officers, camp/lodge and hotel staff and local residents about areas to avoid.

Wilderness Safaris camps in Namibia are all found in relatively low-risk malaria areas; however please consult your medical practitioner regarding any anti-malarials. Please check with your health department/travel clinic prior to departure, in the event there have been changes in the health regulations of the country you are visiting.

Passports and Visa

Visitors to Africa must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date, together with onward travel documents, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Please also ensure that you have sufficient blank visa pages (not endorsement pages) in your passport, with at least 2 consecutive/side by side blank pages. Our recommendation is 3 pages (or even 4 if you are travelling through more than one country on your journey).

Please speak to your Africa specialist to ensure that you have any appropriate travel documentation before departing on safari.

Banks and Foreign Exchange

Namibia banks, as well as Wilderness camps, only accept US Dollars, GBP Sterling, Euro and South African Rand in cash. Travellers’ Cheques in any of the above currencies are also acceptable. MasterCard and Visa are usually accepted throughout Namibia, but Diner’s Club and American Express are not. The currency is the Namibian Dollar (NAD) which is fixed to and therefore equivalent to the South African Rand (ZAR).

Languages

The official language is English, while Afrikaans and German are also widely used. There are numerous African languages and dialects which fall into two main groups, namely Bantu and Khoisan.

Recommended Reading

We recommend the following books specific to the Namibian region. A further list of recommended books is contained in our main pre tour information.

  • This is Namibia - Gerald Cubitt & Peter Joyce
  • The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - Barry Lovegrove
  • Birds of Namibia, a Photographic Guide - Ian & Jackie Sinclair
  • Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - Phil Hockey, Ian Sinclair and Warwick Tarboton
  • Skeleton Coast - Ami Schoeman
  • Etosha Visual Souvenir - Darryl Balfour
  • Namibia: The Beautiful Land - David Bristow
  • Namibia: African Adventurers Guide - Olivier and Olivier
  • Travel Map and Travel Guide to Namibia - Globetrotter
  • Waterberg, Namib & Damaraland Flora - Craven
  • Desert Adventure: In Search of Wilderness in Namibia and Botswana - Paul Augustinus
  • Namibia - The Bradt Travel Guide - Chris McIntyre
  • Behaviour Guide to African Mammals - Richard Estes
  • Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals - Jonathan Kingdon
  • The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals - Jonathan Kingdon
  • A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Johan Marais, Graham Alexander