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 million

Geographic coordinates: 22 00 S, 17 00 E

Area: 825 418 sq. km

Time: 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (summer); 1 hour ahead in 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 your barefoot safari guide, Tourist Information Officers, camp/lodge and hotel staff and local residents about areas to avoid.


Safaris camps in Namibia are all found in relatively low-risk malaria areas; however please consult your medical practitioner regarding any anti-malarial. 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. The Caprivi is  a malaria area. Please take precaution when visiting there.


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 some safari camps, only accept US Dollars, GBP Sterling, Euro and South African Rand in cash. Travelers’ Cheque 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.


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

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