Namibia, a unique and special destination

Namibia is a country of wide open spaces, unspoiled nature and incredibly unique landscapes. With a well-developed road infrastructure, along with scheduled charter flights and touring options, exploring and experiencing the untouched beauty of Namibia is easy.

Whether you want to be adventurous, have a romantic getaway, enjoy the variety of culture or just want to be submersed in spectacular landscapes and scenery, Namibia has something for everyone.

Namibia is a vastly large country with many different areas to visit, so shouldn’t be rushed. A recommended time frame would be approximately 14 days (depending on whether driving or flying and of course how many destinations are included).

The best time to visit Namibia is between March and October. Whilst travel during the Namibian summer is possible, temperatures can get quite high and there is sometimes heavy rain. Having said that, visiting some of the dryer areas in Namibia after rainfall can be incredibly beautiful, with a green tinge to the landscape.

Below are some details to assist with planning a trip to Namibia – information is mainly targeted at a ‘’first time traveller to Namibia’’

Popular areas to visit:

Namib Naukluft Park – Namibia’s largest conservation area consisting of several areas into one nature reserve. Home to the legendary Sossusvlei, a white pan surrounded by some of the highest sand dunes in the world

The Deep South – Top attractions include Luderitz, a quaint coastal town on the Atlantic with a colourful fishing harbour surrounded by German colonial buildings; Kolmanskop, a former diamond settlement and Namibia’s most famous ‘’ghost town’’; the Quiver Tree Forest & Giant’s playground, a much loved place for photographers due to its impressive boulders and tree formations.

Fish River Canyon – Eroded over many millennia, Fisher River Canyon is the second-largest natural canyon in the world.

Swakopmund – a coastal town with old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere, it’s also the ‘’activity’’ hub of Namibia, offering dune boarding, quad biking, fishing, 4×4 drives in the dunes, camel rides, living desert tours and more. Enjoy fresh seafood, jewellery shopping, historical buildings and beach activities.

Damaraland – the highlight of the region is Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site – with its wealth of rock engravings and petrified forests. Other attractions include Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes and the Erongo Mountains

Kaokoland & the Kunene Region – here one can see the unique desert-adapted elephants, scattered Himba settlements, the wild and rugged Hoanib River area, and to the north the impressive Epupa Falls

Etosha National Park – this is the best-known National park in Namibia and the most popular destination for tourists. Game drives and safaris within the park offer great wildlife viewing along with great birding. Rhino, lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, zebra and a variety of other mammals can be seen, many of which congregate around the famous Etosha Pan.

North East and Kavango – The Okavango River and its floodplains make this area considerably greener than most other parts of Namibia. The river forms a natural boundary between Namibia and Angola and is the lifeline to the Kavango people. Lodges and campsites offer boat trips on the rivers, fishing, game drives, bird-watching, traditional craft and an impressive array of flora and fauna.

   

General travel information:

Travellers must carry a passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of entry into Namibia
Most nationalities don’t require a visa for Namibia (however some do, please check with the ministry of home affairs or contact us) and can travel in the country for up to 90 days

The currency of Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (NAD) – it is fixed to and equals the South African Rand (which is also legal tender in Namibia…however the NAD is not legal tender in South Africa).  Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard) are widely accepted.  American Express is accepted in some establishments but not many.  Speedpoint and ATM facilities assure quick and efficient service.

Malaria is present in Namibia, however primarily more prevalent in the north of the country, mainly in summer during the rainy season.  Malaria is potentially a serious disease and it is therefore recommended to talk to your health professional to discuss possible prophylactics.

Always ask before taking photographs of people, especially the Himba and Herero people who often still dress traditionally and are thus interesting subjects.

 

Driving in Namibia:

Namibia has an excellent road system that extends to all of the popular tourist destinations and areas in the country which makes it a popular self-drive destination. Whilst the main national roads are tar, the majority of roads are gravel, and in more remote areas they can become tracks which may require 4×4 experience. Good ground clearance is essential, so an all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.

Some general driving information:

* Driving in Namibia is on the LEFT hand side of the road.
* Drivers and all passengers must wear seat-belts by law
* It is compulsory to drive with headlights on dim during the daytime on any road outside municipal areas
* Avoid travelling at night – wildlife is most active at dusk and the possibility of a collision at dusk or in the dark is vastly increased
* Destinations are far apart so take breaks regularly
* When driving in National Park, ensure you aware of the safety guidelines provided as it is dangerous to leave your vehicle in a wildlife area
* Ensure you have a current and authoritative map with you, don’t rely on GPS signal/phones as there are often areas where there is no signal
* Always carry water, a first aid kit, at least one spare tyre
* Fill your tank at every opportunity available, even though you may not be in immediate need
* Take care in sandy areas/on sandy roads and understand how to drive in sand
* Keep to designated roads and tracks – the landscape is very fragile and can destroy vegetation and small creatures.
* Ensure you understand how to engage four wheel drive (if available/necessary) and have your tyre pressures at the correct pressure for the terrain you are driving in.
* Keep to the left at all times – there are lots of dips and rises and if driving in the middle of gravel roads, collisions with vehicles travelling the other way doing the same thing are very possible.
* Beware of flash floods. All dry riverbeds should be considered as hazardous during the rainy season (Nov-Mar) if there has been rain or are signs of rain

Namibia has an abundance of wide open spaces, spectacular scenery, unspoilt wilderness areas and is clean and safe.

A trip to Namibia is soulful and liberating – and we would welcome the opportunity to assist you in planning your next holiday.

Please contact us to chat further about planning and designing your Namibia adventure
www.remarkable-africa.com
info@remarkable-africa.com

 

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