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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)
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.
• 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 • Sun hat/bush hat • Headscarf/bandana – particularly for dusty dry regions • Golf-shirts and/or T-shirts – preferably with a sleeve to protect your shoulders from the sun • Long-sleeved cotton shirts • Shorts and/or skirts – really short skirts are not practical for getting in and out of game drive vehicles • Long trousers/slacks • Track suit • Pyjamas – lightweight for summer and warm/thermal for winter • Underwear – on game drives the roads can be bumpy and uneven so a suitable bra may be required • Socks – thermal options are recommended for the winter months • Good closed walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine) • Sandals – preferably low heeled or flat if you are going on safari • Swimming costume • Lightweight jersey or fleece / light rain gear or jacket for summer months. • Warm jersey or fleece plus anorak or parka as well as scarf, gloves and woollen hats for winter months. • More formal attire for your stay at prestigious city hotels or on one of the luxury trains. Equipment/Other • Good quality sunglasses, UV protected, preferably polarised. • If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you also bring a pair of glasses in case of dust irritation. • Personal toiletries (basic amenities are supplied by most establishments) • Moisturising cream and suntan lotion – SPF 30 or higher recommended • Insect repellent for body application, e.g. Tabard, Rid, Jungle Juice, etc. • Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream and antihistamine cream, etc.) • Malaria tablets (if applicable) • Antihistamine tablets for allergy suffers / anti-nausea table for motion sickness suffers. • Torch • Southern African bird guide if you are a keen birder, e.g., Newman’s or Sasol • Camera equipment including spare batteries, chargers, film, flash cards, memory sticks, etc. • Waterproof/dustproof bag or cover for your camera • Binoculars for viewing wildlife and birds. Recommended general purpose specifications are 8x40 or 10x42. • Visas, tickets, passports, money, credit cards, insurance details, etc. NOTE 1: Bright colours and white are not advisable whilst on safari. Camouflage clothing is not recommended for travel in African countries. NOTE 2: There may be a restriction on luggage limits on your safari – please ensure that you have the details from your agent according to your itinerary and ask your agent ahead of time if you would like details on the feasibility and costs of taking excess luggage with you on any of these restricted luggage safaris. NOTE 3: We carry reference materials in our camps and vehicles, so it is not necessary to bring these with you. However, we highly recommend that you do bring your own pair of binoculars in order to get the most out of your
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.
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). NOTE: All passengers under 18 years of age will need to present an unabridged birth certificate as well as a valid passport when entering, departing or transiting South Africa and Botswana. A sworn translation (certified/authenticated) in English should accompany all documentation that is in a language other than English. For single parents, or those travelling alone with their child/ren, the following must be provided: - An affidavit (no more than 3 months old on the date of travel) in which the absent parent gives consent for the child to travel, or - A court order granting full responsibilities or legal guardianship of the child, or - The death certificate of the absent parent. Please speak to your Africa specialist to ensure that you have any appropriate travel documentation before departing on safari.
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).
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.
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